POC Blog

The random technotheolosophical blogging of Reid S. Monaghan

Wordliness is now cool...someone must be pleased

"The first thing is to delay as long as possible the moment at which he realises this [worldliness] as a temptation. Since the Enemy's servants have been preaching about 'the World' as one of the great standard temptations for two thousand years, this might seem difficult to do. But fortunately they have said very little about it for the last few decades. In modern Christian writings, though I see much (indeed more than I like) about Mammon, I see few of the old warnings about Worldly Vanities, the Choice of Friends, and the Value of Time. All that, your patient would probably classify as 'Purtanism' -- and may I remark in passing that the value we have given to that word is one of the really solid triumphs of the last hundred years? By it we rescue annually thousands of humans from temperance, chastity, and sobriety of life. -- C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters"