Bonhoeffer uses a similar phrase 'worldly Christianity'. 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.

204 countries

It was a little tedious but fascinating nonetheless to see the teams of 204 countries parade in last Friday at the Olympic stadium. I was wondering if any countries were missing. Only 3 apparently - South Sudan, Kosovo (both pretty new countries) and,unsurprisingly Vatican City (although I hear the Pope is working on his pole vaulting). There are officially only 196 countries in the world, the other 11 are only territories (American Samoa, Aruba, Bermuda, etc) but have separate Olympic status. I noticed a few indepenednet athletes under the Olympic flag. Apparently Netherland Antilles is no longer a country.

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