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Steps to Wisdom: Piety

Following fear of God, which is the first of Augustine’s “Steps to Wisdom,” is what Augustine calls piety. He says that once we recognize that God is in authority over us and we start to learn his commandments, we ought to realize that “whatever is…written , even though it be hidden, is better and truer that anything we could devise by our own wisdom.” 322 more words

Classical Education

Honor True Widows

1 Timothy 5:3-16

Honor widows who are really widows. 4 But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show piety at home and to repay their parents; for this is good and acceptable before God.

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The Bible


Many people think that a spiritual life, the kind of life that leads us to heaven, consists of piety, of outward holiness, and of renunciation of the world. 1,120 more words

Spiritual Learning

How does church appear to someone raised in a non-Christian home?

My friend Wes posted an article about how communication is set up in the church, and why it’s not effective at equipping Christians to defend their worldview in hostile environments. 1,591 more words


Gun Violence & “Painless Piety”

On Facebook, since the shooting on Sunday at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs just outside of San Antonio, I have read appeals for prayer posted by some of my friends, and appeals for action posted by other friends. 2,144 more words


Padre Ernesto Peels an Apple

When Padre Ernesto peels an apple,

he looks at it carefully,

noting color and texture.

He gives thanks.

–Excerpt from “Padre Ernesto Peels an Apple” in… 19 more words