The Happy Thinker 



As discussed in the introduction (home page), it is appropriate that we begin the serious work of life with a consideration of your relation to God.  For this purpose, I will provide a continuing series of essays that deal with this most important relationship.  Later, it will be possible for your to subscribe to this publication under the title of The Good Word.  I have been writing these for the past twenty years.  My thinking in these matters has been influenced by an eclectic band of spiritual pioneers.  I will borrow from Calvin some basic structure, without endorsing "predestinarian" principles.  Calvin's greatest strength was an overwhelming sense of the power and majesty of God and the smallness of man, by comparison.

C.S. Lewis commented that "The real test of being in the presence of God is that you either forget about yourself altogether or see yourself as a small, dirty object.  It is better to forget about yourself altogether."  This is a profound and correct interpretation of man's relation to God, as understood by the author of Job and every right thinking person of creation since.

A great deal of effort of The Good Word is directing to exalting the glory of God and bringing man to the reality of his dust.  Total depravity, a la Calvin, does not mean that each man is as bad as he can be.  But rather that all men contain the seeds of failure and destruction.