Can We Trust the Gospels? by Peter Williams, Free for CAPC Members
This book is great short read on the trustworthiness of the Gospels, and perhaps a good read to share as Advent turns our culture’s attention to these same documents.
A recent Vanity Fair interview with President Obama highlighted how his daily habits produce a routine for the ordinary aspects of his life, freeing him to focus on the important decisions he faces. Maria Popova connects the President’s strategy to psychologist and philosopher William James, in an article posted at The Atlantic:
In fact, the same tenets Obama applies to the architecture of his daily life are those . . . William James wrote about in 1887, when he penned Habit (public library; public domain) — a short treatise on how our behavioral patterns shape who we are and what we often refer to as character and personality.
Popova reviews excerpts from James’s publication, including these three tips for solidifying new habits:
Discipline like this sounds a bit unreasonable in our day. Habits feel restrictive. Passionate determination for developing character isn’t nearly as important or common as developing some aspect of physical beauty. We shy away from lofty goals like these, feeling the pinch to our freedom in the short term while disdaining the benefit that’s to come over the long haul.
The trouble is that we see discipline as the enemy. On the contrary, when used properly with pure motives, habits are the means by which God develops Christ-likeness in us. And that’s where freedom can be found.
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