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May 17, 2007

Perspective

… from the late 6th century:

All of Western Europe was in chaos. Serious men, and Gregory was among them, thought that the end of the world was at hand. “What is it,” he asks in one of his sermons, “that can at this time delight us in this world? Everywhere we see tribulation, everywhere we hear lamentation. The cities are destroyed, the castles torn down, the fields laid waste, the land made desolate. Villages are empty, few inhabitants remain in the cities, and even these poor remnants of humanity are daily cut down. The scourge of celestial justice does not cease, because no repentance takes place under the scourge. We see how some are carried into captivity, others mutilated, others slain. What is it, brethren, that can make us contented with this life? If we love such a world, we love not our joys, but our wounds."

From Bruce Shelley’s Church History In Plain Language, page 166

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