Community-building then is none other than home-building, and home-building is none other than—when understood broadly—love-making, though the narrow sense works as well.
History, no less than science and philosophy, must be done by the Christian sub specie aeternitatis — within view of eternity, and as always, coram Deo.
Augustine held that God can command the rich to give to the poor. The poor can never demand from the rich; generosity is never owed.
The difference between liberty and license was prominent in Stahl’s view of freedom. Building explicitly on an Augustinian conception of ethics and freedom, Stahl articulates a counterintuitive view of political freedom we need to hear today.
A key to understanding the present social justice theology is understanding liberation theology, and the key to understanding that is by understanding its history.
A shared love of ideas, ideals, stories, and histories are necessary to rebuild civilization. Therefore, literature and history are necessary points of departure as we move forward in a crumbling civilization.