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.

Royal Academy

Another day out with the art history class today. This time to the Royal Academy on Piccadilly, which I confess I have never been into. This is the last week of their Constable, Gainsborough, Turner exhibition (manet is the new one). Quite a modest presentation, it features one main Gainsborough, two big Constables and only one Turner (Dolbadarn Castle) but was interesting (especially with the guide) as we looked mainly at engravings by these and other artists (including Richard Wilson who did several Welsh scenes). The whole exhibition covers 17th century to the present and utilises items in the RA collection. It wa especially good to get some idea of the RA's history and the infighting that often went on.

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