"If we had sense, there is nothing better we could do with our time than praise God and proclaim his good works."
- Epictetus, Roman Stoic philosopher, 2nd cent. AD, from his Discourses (1.16.15)
(Image: Engraved frontispiece from Edward Ivie's Latin translation of Epictetus' Enchiridion, 1751)
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.