Stoicism

Originally posted on Cogito:

Stoicism was a philosophical school of thought founded by Zeno of Citium (not to be confused with Zeno of Elea, a pre-Socratic philosopher perhaps best known for his paradoxes). Zeno of Citium was a pupil of Crates of Thebes (among others). Considering the fact that this Crates was a Cynic, it’s not surprising that many aspects of Cynicism – the idea of living a virtuous life, for instance, as well as the rejection of material wealth – were absorbed into Stoic philosophy.

Stoicism became immensely popular in both Greece and Rome, with many illustrious thinkers refining and defining it over the years. The central focus of Stoicism lies in the idea of always maintaining a will that “works in accordance with nature”. According to the Stoics, a person who does this can be considered virtuous and should be able to overcome suffering and thereby live a happy life. So what…

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The Davenant Trust

Originally posted on Alastair's Adversaria:

The Davenant Trust has just been launched. Its mission is described as follows:

We aim to equip evangelical and Reformed Christians today for church leadership, civic participation, and faithful discipleship in other vocations as responsible citizens, by encouraging scholarly research into the time-tested resources of early Protestant theology, philosophy, ethics, civics, and jurisprudence, and by putting these resources at the disposal of the contemporary church.

I have been looking forward to this ever since I first heard about the plans for the trust last year. I have interacted and enjoyed friendship with some of the people on the board of directors for a while now and would wholeheartedly recommend this project to you. Please consider supporting and following the work of the trust in whatever way you can. This is important work.

(For any of you who can make it to Biola University in California on April 29th, this

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