"A devout man is one thing, a stickler is quite another. To be furious in religion is to be irreligiously religious. It is better to be of no church than to be bitter for any... [So] try to find a church with at least as much love as zeal. Where you discover such a society, there you will find the Church of God."
- William Penn, from Some Fruits of Solitude
(Painting: "Muhu Church," by Paul Raud, 1898)
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.