Editor’s Note: Brave New World feels proud to present to its readers an eBook titled ‘What Are Churches For?’, written by Alton C. Thompson. The eBook proposes an altogether new institution for Church meetings — one that caters to the contemporary problems faced by the human race, such as Global Warming. Licensed under a Creative Commons 1.0 Universal Attribution, the eBook is freely redistributable as long as due credit is given to the author.
Excerpt from the eBook
Micah‘s allusion to communing with God raises the question: Does God only reveal truths to those who explicitly seek guidance from God? And in answering that question, I suggest that we consider the case of Samuel. In Chapter 3 of I Samuel we have that wonderful story of Samuel being called by God. Samuel had not sought anything from God; rather, God chose to speak to Samuel. The lesson here is that we should not be surprised if God reveals truths to certain people even though they have not asked God for revelations. I think here, for example, of Thorstein Veblen, one of the most creative social thinkers ever to have existed, in my opinion— and one of the great contributors to the Tradition. In reading his brilliant works one may not gain the sense that Veblen was a very spiritual man. In reading his biography,48 however, one learns that spiritual matters were uppermost in his mind — the suggestion being that he didn’t write about his ideas on such matters for publication because it would not have been fashionable (or — professional) so to do.
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About the author: Al Thompson works (data management) for an Engineering (Avionics) firm in Milwaukee.