On Making Distinctions

He was the president of a college, an ordained clergy, a WW II veteran flying in B17’s out over the English Chanel to bomb Nazi Germany, and an author of books, some scholarly and some in the early vein of Evangelical Christian self-help.

He wrote a book in which he points out that Jesus created an egalitarian environment, inviting everyone to divest themselves of their social achievements and to live on a more basic level of needs and need fulfillment.

He also invited a doctor to his cabin on a pristine lake in the upper peninsula of Michigan and told him that he was the kind of person who his association would like to see buy property there. That this group of people had intentionally founded a wildlife sanctuary across the road from these cabins not for the wildlife, but so that cheaper properties could not be established there and the isolation and its exclusiveness be ruined by locals who may want to access the lake. The doctor turned down the offer.

And he labeled all of the desert dwellers of the first three hundred years of the church as cranks and crackpots.

And what is the sign of purity of heart?  And an old man answered, Purity of heart is when a person sees that all people are beautiful. Whosoever sees this stands in purity. Because if this is not so, then how can they ever fulfill the words of the Apostle which say, When someone is pure they will perceive that everyone else is better than they in their heart and in truth. These do not even see wickedness.

The Paradise Of The Holy Fathers, Wallis Budge, (tr.)