"The good always have power and the wicked do not....Only the wise can do what they want to do; the wicked can follow their desires, but they cannot...find among their pleasures the good they are really looking for."
- Boethius, early 6th-century Christian philosopher, author of The Consolation of Philosophy
(Picture: Initial showing Boethius teaching, from an illuminated manuscript of The Consolation of Philosophy, c.1385; image is in the public domain)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.