By Charles Brockden Brown
A terrifying account of the fallibility of the human brain and, via extension, of democracy itself, Wieland brilliantly displays the mental, social, and political issues of the early American republic. within the fragmentary sequel, Memoirs, Brown explores Carwin’s weird and wonderful background as a manipulated disciple of the charismatic utopian Ludloe.
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Faith has a large part to play in the public arena, but only if it will describe its goals in a language that is publicly effective, accompanied by the politics with the best chance to make those goals concrete and relevant. ” Our church had nearly five thousand members, making it easy to get lost in the shuffle, especially as a poor youth. Prayer meetings provided a glimpse of the church in glorious subtraction. The midweek prayer and praise service, as the Wednesday meetings were officially known, winnowed the faithful from the once-a-week-on-Sunday-morning crowd in most churches, much the way Bible study does.
We preach and posture in God’s name. And we think we’d never turn God away. We see ourselves with open arms welcoming God into every nook and cranny of our existence. But the story of Christmas reminds us that it’s the very folk who think we’re in with God who keep God outside — of our identities, our institutions, and our history. If God is going to be God, you’ve got to get rid of your other gods. And sometimes God does a jack move on your gods, just rips them off; just uses your enemies to take them away from you.
Unfortunately, the more cautious and critical voices just don’t get heard as much as the shrill right-wing voices in our society. There is a religious dimension to the black community’s taboo on seeking therapy and strengthening our mental health. ” I like to Dysonize the story of Jesus coming down from 34 Can You Hear Me Now? the Mountain of Transfiguration, where he was met by some of his disciples who were stumped by their failure to deliver a poor soul from his spiritual affliction. ” they asked Jesus.