The similar phrase 'Worldly Christianity' is one used by Bonhoeffer. It's J Gresham Machen that I want to line up most closely with. See his Christianity and culture here. Having done commentaries on Proverbs (Heavenly Wisdom) and Song of Songs (Heavenly Love), a matching title for Ecclesiastes would be Heavenly Worldliness. For my stance on worldliness, see 3 posts here.


I heard Sir Henry Cecil, the owner of the racehorse Frankel, which won at Ascot yesterday, speaking on BBC Radio 5 live:
"It was lovely that and I'm very fortunate to be training him. He takes some pulling up too!
"He's telling us he's getting better and it's just a question how he takes the race and we're not going to run him for the sake of it. I'll just feel my way.
"He is a champion, and people can judge for themselves, but he's got a lot of followers and it's like supporting a football team. It's important for people that they have something to get involved in and people not in the racing world have latched on to him and it's like any great sportsman - Tiger Woods or Murray, it's important to have something to watch, admire and support."
Of course, what Sir Henry means is that we will only find fulfilment outside ourselves, whether we merely watch, admire and support creatures or (as we must) know, love and serve the Creator. 

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