"God is our highest good. Enjoyment of God is the only happiness that will satisfy our souls. To fully enjoy God is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here...[which] are but shadows. The enjoyment of God is the substance. The others are but scattered beams; God is the sun. The others are but streams; God is the fountain. The others are but drops; God is the ocean."
- Jonathan Edwards, 18th-century American pastor and theologian
(Painting: "Algerian Flower," by Lilias Trotter, 1853-1928)
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.