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By Bill Tammeus

Because of the unusual temporary nature of journalism, no longer each column can stand the attempt of time. yet many—even these approximately occasions approximately long past from the general public consciousness--contain lasting truths. A reward of Meaning is a set of these lasting truths from invoice Tammeus, a columnist for the Kansas urban Star.

Each piece finds Tammeus's try to combat everlasting which means from the occasions and reviews that sweep us alongside day by way of day.

I stopped through a homeless defend the opposite day to determine anyone i do know. As I waited, I felt quite conspicuous in my swimsuit and tie. in truth, the pleasant guy on the info table requested me if i used to be a pastor. I chuckled.

But as I sat within the foyer ready to work out the guy I got here to ascertain on, i used to be struck back by way of what could be the such a lot tough of all human projects: empathy. that's, the problem of actually placing ourselves within the footwear of others.

In the tip, A reward of Meaning is not only a presentation of came upon that means, but additionally a decision to readers to forestall and imagine for themselves. This publication is a call for participation to respire deeply and hunt down the that means of what the realm heaves at us every day. it truly is an providing of insights that might supply clean methods of comprehending issues readers suggestion they already understood.

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This pope, now near the end of his long and important reign, took time nearly two decades ago to pay homage to the French people and to this famous symbol of the Roman Catholic vision of Christianity and those who pledge allegiance to it. No doubt part of his reason for coming was that Notre Dame represents the faith that has survived these two millennia and that now claims one-third of the world’s population as adherents. I do not mean that its beginning was similar to the start of the faith. No, Notre Dame, though built in stages (beginning with a foundation stone laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163), was, even at its start, an architectural dream of huge proportions.

Perhaps Athanasius, the bishop of Alexandria in the late fourth century, was most influential in determining which twentyseven books to include. For me, no one has said more lucidly than the Reverend Eugene Peterson (whose own popular paraphrase of the New Testament is called The Message) why people of faith are so attached to Bibles: They form us, he says. We ingest them and they make us who we are. ” How could we not want to read such a book? ” This raised eyebrows and actually created religious discussion about something other than whether Y2K will usher in the end of the world.

It includes the Emperor Nero, Napoleon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hitler, Stalin, Henry Kissinger, Ronald Reagan, Sun Myung Moon, Saddam Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Louis Farrakhan, Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, and Barney the Dinosaur. It is, of course, impossible in an essay of this length to do justice to centuries of serious biblical scholarship on the end of the world, the Second Coming of Christ, and the identity of Antichrist. But it’s possible at least to hint at the rich and varied interpretations available and to say that many parts of mainline Christianity, unlike Falwell, pay precious little attention to any of this.

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