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Umberto Eco

“When men stop believing in God, it isn't that they then believe in nothing: they believe in everything.” 

Umberto EcoThis website aims to present all the aspects of the Writer, Linquist, Philosopher and the Man UMBERTO ECO

Eco was born in Alessandria, Italy on January 5th, 1932 and died at the age of 84 in Milano, Italy on February 19th, 2016.

Umberto Eco is still best known for his novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose) which was published in 1980.

The book is an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory.

In 1986 a movie by the same name, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Sean Connery was released.

 

Confessions, Augustine of Hippo

“And men go abroad to admire the heights of mountains, the mighty waves of the sea, the broad tides of rivers, the compass of the ocean, and the circuits of the stars, yet pass over the mystery of themselves without a thought.” 

“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.” 

 

Confessions, an autobiographical work, consisting of 13 books, by St. Augustine of Hippo, written in Latin between AD 397 and 400. The work outlines St. Augustine's sinful youth and his conversion to Christianity

The City of God, Volume I

“What are kingdoms without justice? They're just gangs of bandits.” 

“What grace is meant to do is to help good people, not to escape their sufferings, but to bear them with a stout heart, with a fortitude that finds its strength in faith.” 

Augustine of Hippo 354 -430 AD  was an early Christian theologian and philosopher whose writings influenced the development of Western Christianity and Western philosophy.

 

MARTIN LUTHER: FAITH IN CHRIST AND THE GOSPELS

 

Book by Eric W. Gritsch cover Martin Luther Faith In ChristThis carefully selected anthology strives to supply hands-on knowledge of this man who would change history. It emphasizes Luther's work as theologian, exegete, and pastor. This book serves as an excellent introduction to Martin Luther's ecumenical spirituality. Selected writings are prefaced by an ample introduction, giving a biographical sketch of Luther and highlighting his hopes and goals for the Church. It also speaks to the difficulties that arose between Luther and the Catholic Church of his time, leading to schism.

Dr. Eric W. Gritsch

Charlie Manson

Direct testimony:
There has been a lot of charges and a lot of things said about me and brought against the co-defendants in this case, of  which a lot could be cleared up and clarified. . . . 
I never went to school, so I never growed up to read and write too good, so I have stayed in jail and I have stayed stupid,  and I have stayed a child while I have watched your world grow up, and then I look at the things that you do and I don't   understand. . . . 

Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

 

That Used To Be Us How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back

"We face four major challenges on which our future depends, and we are failing to meet them—and if we delay any longer, soon it will be too late for us to pass along the American dream to future generations. "

Science & Sanity - Alfred Korzybsk

The physics of Newton follows similar models. The world is considered a collection of finite, separate phenomena that can be studied in isolation from anything else. Therefore Newton also represents Aristotelean logic.
In the beginning of the 20th century the old science started to fall apart, thanks in part to relativity theory and quantum physics. You could no longer regard physical objects and phenomena as unchangable, finite constructs that could be studied in isolation. Things were found to be much more interdependent and fluid than earlier assumed.
General Semantics, as a Non-Aristotelean system, provides a system of logic and of studying man's relation to his world, to accompany the new, more wholistic and fluid, models of science.

Sophocles Quote Oedipus at Colonus

Not to be born at all Is best, far best that can befall,
Next best, when born, with least delay
To trace the backward way.

When Helping Hurts

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"Poverty is rooted in broken relationships, so the solution to poverty is rooted in the power of Jesus' death and resurrection to put all things in right relationship again." — Brian Fikkert

"Churches and individual Christians typically have faulty assumptions about the causes of poverty, resulting in strategies that do considerable harm to poor people as well as to themselves."

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