Demonstrating the Holy Spirit

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United Church of South Royalton
Demonstrating the Holy Spirit
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Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5

Books: 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind by Mark Noll.

Quotes: “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind is that there isn’t much of an evangelical mind.” –Mark Noll in The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books.  What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.  Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information.  Huxley feared those who would give us so much would be reduced to passivity and egoism.  Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us.  Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance.  Orwell feared we would become a captive culture.  Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.  As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians ant rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny, “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.”  In 1984, Huxley added, people are controlled by inflicting pain.  In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.  In short, Orwell feared that what we hate will ruin us.  Huxley feared that what we love will ruin us.” –Neil Postman, from the Foreword in Amusing Ourselves to Death.

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