Understanding Culture

Interesting clip at recent research in technology and how it impacts our culture.

Count Leo Tolstoy

“Education & Culture” (1862)

“Take at hazard one hundred children of several educated generations and one hundred uneducated children of the people and compare them in anything you please; in strength, in agility, in mind, in the ability to acquire knowledge, even in morality—and in all respects you are startled by the vast superiority on the side of the children of the uneducated generations.”


John Owen (17th Century)

John Owen The Glory of Christ (181)

“The heart of a believer affected with the glory of Christ is like the needle touched with the loadstone. It can no longer be quiet, no longer be satisfied in a distance from Him. It is put into a continual motion towards Him. This motion, indeed, is weak and tremulous. Pantings, breathings, sighings, groanings in prayer, in meditations, in the secret recesses of our minds, are the life of it. However, it is continually pressing toward Him. But it obtains not its point, it comes not to its center and rest, in this world. But now above, all things are clear and serene, all plain and evident in our beholding the glory of Christ; we shall be ever with Him and see Him as He is. This is heaven, this is blessedness, this is eternal rest. The person of Christ in all His glory shall be continually before us; and the eyes of our understanding shall be so gloriously illuminated that we shall be able steadily to behold and comprehend that glory.

But, alas! here at present our minds recoil, our meditations fail, our hearts are overcome, our thoughts confused, and our eyes turn aside from the luster of this glory; nor can we abide in the contemplation of it. But there, an immediate, constant view of it will bring in everlasting refreshment and joy to our whole souls.