"This path of God has been trodden from all the ages and through all generations by means of the cross and death. Where do you get the idea that the afflictions on the path do not belong to the path?...The path to God is a daily cross. No one has ascended to heaven by way of ease."
- Isaac of Nineveh, 7th century AD
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.