A Time Such as This: Amazing Grace & William Wilberforce

Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery by Eric Metaxas

“God almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.”

Because of his own good nature, Wilberforce could hardly believe that others wouldn’t leap to do what was right when they finally knew the facts. He was mistaken.”

This past year I added a new person to my list of admired heroes of history: William Wilberforce. I was familiar with who he was, particularly that he was a champion of the movement to abolish slavery in England, and I saw the 2007 film, Amazing Grace, several years ago. Reading Eric Metaxas’ excellent biography of Wilberforce secured him in my opinion as one of the great influential men of modern times. Reading of his early life reminds me of Queen Esther, who was told by her uncle Mordecai, “Who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

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How NOT to Fix the World: 10 Books That Screwed Up the World

Wiker-bookcover10 Books That Screwed Up the World (And 5 Others That Didn’t Help) by Dr. Benjamin Wiker

“[Progress] is bringing us to a new age of technological barbarism, wherein humanity becomes ever more religiously obsessed with health and sexual pleasure as pseudo-gods, sacrificing anything and everything to these twin deities.”

Ideas are important because ideas are what generate all behavior and action. Proverbs 23:7 reminds us that, “As a man thinks, so is he.” In fact, as a result of publishing their thoughts, the greatest thinkers of history have inspired and motivated others to take action of some kind.

Nobody can deny that the world has problems: poverty, disease, war, ignorance, crime — just to name a few. I guess most people would consider it a noble thing for a person to dedicate his life to eradicating one or more of these social evils, and there have been and are many such individuals. But there are right ways to go about it and wrong ways. Continue reading “How NOT to Fix the World: 10 Books That Screwed Up the World”