The Scale of Perfection, Book 2, Part 1 – Chapter 4

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That through the Sacrament of Baptism (which is grounded in the Passion of Christ) this Image is reformed from Original Sin

This is chapter 6 of The Scale of Perfection – Book 2 in Middle English:
That thorugh the sacrament of baptym that is groundid in the passioun of Crist this image is reformed fro the original synne.

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some long forlorn call across a distant plane

Yes, but nevertheless, for me it is as though I were speaking with a cadet (or even a lieutenant) in the Army, and lamenting to him or her that there is an incredulous lack of wealth distribution and equality in this country, and he were to respond solemnly that all I had to do to solve this dilemma was to "join the army", regardless of my ideological convictions (if any) or my motives. I will not join the army out of a conflict with its presence as a tyrant and an oppressor in various spheres in the world. In the same way, I will not join the Church out of a conflict with its necessarily hierarchical structure as well as the fact that I do not believe there exists a supernatural realm, nor do I believe in a divine, omnipotent deity, nor do I believe varius other thigns that would inadvertently put me at odds with the orthodoxy of the Church. I am glad that we have a diversity of opinion in this world; I am glad we've experienced the Renaissance and the Enlightenment and the era of sexual liberation, the freeing of the slaves, gender equality, gay rights, anti-fascism, anti-authoritarianism, etc. etc., all the way down the line. Does this mean I exclude myself from communicating with various groups or individuals in society? Not at all. I happen to think Christian praxis is very beautiful and poetic, even though I don't ascribe to it personally. My step-grandmother is a German Methodist, and we talk often of faith. Even considering her closed-minded and conservative (I may even call it reactionary) nature, I think she is still human and portrays certain redeeming qualities, even though I would never dream of electing her to public office!

I respect diversity of opinion, and I know intolerance is a sword that can cut both ways. That is why I am here in the first place: I am learning to respect myself as an individual, and in so doing understanding others and where they come from. I'm not out to change the world but I think it's give and take! I realize I can only "bend over backwards" so much before I myself break! I think there's alot that can be said for how far we've come, arguably, in the last five hundred years, and it's an enormous consolation to know that we're still very much "on our way"!

Peace and solidarity to you all!


" alterius non sit qui suus esse potest "