"Oh, how happy the human race would be, if that love which rules the heavens ruled also your souls!"
- Boethius, Roman statesman and philosopher, 5th-6th century AD, from his book The Consolation of Philosophy
(Image: Interior view, dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem; photo by Berthold Werner, shared under the GNU Free Documentation License)
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.