Amazing (dis)Grace: The Rebirth of the Slave Trade.

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Amazing (dis)Grace Presentation:

You'll find the trailer for Amazing Grace above along with the presentation at The House Cafe and the slides from the presentation (which will enlarge when you click on them). Please post your comments below.

Here are some quotes to stir your comments:

“If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”

“The objects of the present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy.”

“I continually find it necessary to guard against that natural love of wealth and grandeur which prompts us always, when we come to apply our general doctrine to our own case, to claim an exception.” 

- William Wilberforce.

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Rob Scott said...

I'm experimenting with turning off "comment moderation." This means your comments should appear much more quickly now. Hopefully neither spammers nor jerks will cause me to have to turn it on again.

Anonymous said...

I don't think God created all men equal. My own experience shows me that I don't have the intelligence equal to Stephen Hawking, the athletic ability of Michael Phelps or Wayne Gretzky and I'm not going to be as good a musician as Eric Clapton even though I've knocked on heaven's door and asked many times.

In what regard did God supposedly create all men equal?


Anonymous said...

"The objects of this present life fill the human eye with a false magnification because of their immediacy"

I wonder if the objects of this present life; such as bread and milk, are objects which are shadows of a spiritual reality. Doesn't each person have a soul? Is there such a thing as 'soul-food'? I'm thinkiing of what Plato and Augustine said about 'shadow realities'....


Cherie Sr. said...

I love your comments, Mark. It's your fault I'm not doing laundry right now. I'd much rather talk about this stuff.

I don't think men are equal either. Not in any sense that we can measure. Our only equality lies in terms of value, and only one person is qualified to meaure our value. Our Creator. So when he looks at me (an unremarkable housewife) and at Mother Theresa (a remarkable humanitarian) and pronounces us equally valuable, what can I do? I just have to take his word for it.

Ok, this is the part where I have to try to control myself because I could gush for hours about the paradoxical beauty of physical and spiritual realities...

Three sentences. I'll give myself three sentences.

The thing I love most about the incarnation (God becoming the man, Jesus) and the resurrection (Jesus being raised bodily) is that it messes up our filing systems forever. Can anything be thought of as merely physical or spiritual ever again? (Man, that's two sentences already.) When God, who is a Spirit, decides to exist forever as a man - a man with scars, a stomach, and a no-holds-barred smile - the whole universe (including unremarkable housewives) cannot remain untouched by the implications.

I should have given myself five sentences. I haven't even quoted Lewis yet. Oh well, maybe I'll write more after the laundry is done.

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure about the whole equality thing. As Christians we are to consider others before ourselves, subject ourselves one to another.

It's not hard for me to do that for myself. I work every day with people who are smarter and more gifted than I am. I'm not equal to most of them in anyway.(Never mind Stephen Hawking!)

On the other hand, it's a form of self-centredness to be self-depreciating.

I guess the trick it to get your head out of you butt and look outside yourself.

I don’t know if that has anything to do with equality….


Rob Scott said...

I want to toss out a big "Thank You" to the 27 people who signed The Amazing Change Petition to End Modern Day Slavery we circulated at The House. Your names have been added to the over 115,000 people worldwide who have signed the petition so far.