Life, death, and the love of control: Eric Fromm

(Painting by Tiffany Roark, ThoughtsinPaint) The following is an excerpt from Eric Fromm’s The Heart of Man (New York, 1966), p.41. While life is characterized by growth in a structured, functional manner, the necrophilous person loves all that does not grow, all that is mechanical. The necrophilous person is driven by the desire to transform the organic…

Remembering Rightly: Lucy, Anarcha, and Betsy

Two of the most important skills to learn when we begin to take repentance seriously are naming oppression and remembering rightly. It can be hard for most of us who were born with various privileges to learn to listen with skepticism to the way histories falsely construct our ideas about the world around us. Too often, the stories…

I have heard you say

I have heard you say of me, “He is naïve, unrealistic. He doesn’t understand the way the world works.” I hope you hear the truth when I tell you how it is: I can assure you, I fully understand. I’ve seen the way the world works, in the burdens of my father, and my father’s…

Not Ashamed: For the Good of All of Us

I am not ashamed to say that I believe in a God who favors the marginalized. I am not ashamed to say that I believe in a God who wills that every hungry mouth be fed. I am not ashamed to say that I believe in a God whose power is perfected, not in our…