The Individual and World Need by Eberhard Arnold
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis was once a fine looking guy, as urged by means of the author,was infrequently the case. we now have modern photographs of Francis exhibiting in a different way besides descriptions of his contemporaries similar to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis used to be a womanizer, back urged via the writer, is uncertain. there's no facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, one of these small city, it will were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there's no checklist of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there's no indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. historical past is totally silent in this factor. the writer is true bearing on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of historical past, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical lifestyles. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis used to be virtually 30 whilst he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) certain, Francis did visit warfare. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a be aware indicates a life-style which could rarely painting the Francis of Assisi of historic list. sure, he went to conflict yet we don't have any proposal of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not comprehend. We do understand he used to be attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations while he armored as much as cross at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, was once interrupted via a paranormal occasion for Francis. He grew to become again and have become a knight of his Lord - the paranormal Christ who ultimately spoke to him at Daniano. used to be he then a "failed knight? " as urged through the writer. Francis idea in a different way. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of spiritual intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever could be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't dwell as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to make sure a Freudian could come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably idea as so much medieval Christians the assumption of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century previous. Bernard acknowledged "to kill a Muslim isn't to devote homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan throughout the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being worthwhile till the Muslims authorized the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered through the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this means, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many sturdy books on Saint Francis. this isn't one in every of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the spiritual intuition which can understand what the actors are dealing with. i'm sorry to assert this isn't sturdy historical past. it truly is sloppy heritage reflecting the emotions of the current into the earlier. Of the prospective 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of heritage yet provide it one superstar for the canopy and one big name for the paper it truly is written on. Why punish the blameless no matter if inanimate?
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What he finds so grievously missing in the world, he is bereft of in his own soul. So the vain surge of thinking and seekingthe hope to blend the ego into a boundless unity with the whole worlddrains away. Every barrier between the ego and the surrounding world must fall away because world need is individual suffering. And in actual fact, the world of dissension, the world of strife and hatred, the world of destruction and disunity is living unredeemed in each individual no less than in the larger world with its wars, class struggles, and economic rivalries.
The goal of animate existence is not yet seen. Faith is still without its object; it is still unbelief. 1 My judge, I know nothing of the coming day. I do not know whether you will sit in judgment, my judge! Yet it is not your judgment day I fear, nor your almighti-ness, nor you yourself, my judge! I am afraid of myself; it is myself I fear, my own self. Whether you exist, my judge, I do not know. In spite of all his longing, man remains isolated in his tortured ego. He feels urged to bear every- 35 ones suffering with them, even feel the pain of death with them.
The indescribable agony that Luther experienced in his Black Tower could not be expressed in words. Unless we know what Luther suffered in his isolation and despair, we cannot grasp his faith. Only this agony under Gods wrath and remoteness makes it possible to understand the certainty and joy of faith which was awakened in Luther as an entirely new experience. Luther wrote: I too know a man who declares he has often suffered this agony. True, it did not last long, but it was so intense and so hellish that no tongue can 46 tell of its severity, no pen can describe it, nor can any man believe it who has not undergone it himself.