The Visible Line

Samuel Miller on why certain men hate creeds and confessions:

 From those, then, who have departed, or at least begun to depart from “the faith once for all delivered to the saints,” almost exclusively, do we hear the “oppression” and “mischief” of Creeds and Confessions. And is it any marvel that those who maintain the innocence of error, should be unwilling to raise fences for keeping it out of the Church? Is it any marvel that the Arian, the Socinian, the Pelagian, and such as are verging toward those fatal errors, should exceedingly dislike all the evangelical formularies, which tend to make visible the line of distinction between the friends and enemies of the Redeemer? No; “men,” as has been often well observed, “men are seldom opposed to Creeds, until Creeds have become opposed to them.” That they should dislike and oppose them, in these circumstances, is just as natural as that a culprit arraigned before a civil tribunal, should equally dislike the law, its officer, and its sanction.” 

From The Utility and Importance of Creeds and Confessions by Samuel Miller.  All punctuation is his.

Book Review: Mystic River

Mystic RiverMystic River by Dennis Lehane
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A devastating novel about men, their wives, their children, their friends, and their sins. It is better than Shutter Island. What I love about Lehane is he makes you feel the history of a character. Where they have been, what they have been doing, what they love, what they hate, and what they are thinking. Sin and the results cling to his characters like clothing. His locations are just as real. You feel like you are sitting in the living room or at the party or in the car. He is a wonderful writer, but dark. One theme of the novel is that you really can’t escape your past. Jimmy ends up where he began the story and so does Dave. But for a Christian the past can be escaped or redeemed however one wants to look it. Books like these are good reminders of how the world is seen when Christ is taken away. Without Him there is no hope. Lehane shows you that world. But it is not one I would want to be in for too long.

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