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.

10 Groups of Four


1. Four Gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John)

2. Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (War, Famine, Pestilence, Death)

3. Four Rivers in connection with Eden (Pishon, Gihon, Tigris, Euphrates)

4. Four Points of the compass (N, S, E, W)

5. Four seasons (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter)

6. Four Suits of playing cards (Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, Clubs)

7. Four UK home nations (Wales, England, Scotland, N Ireland)

8. Four States of matter (Solid, Gas, Liquid, Plasma)

9. Four main blood types (A, B, AB, 0)

10. The Beatles (John, Paul, George, Ringo)

4 comments:

Phil Arthur said...

"Four pints of the compass." Is "the compass" your local then, Gary?

Phil Arthur

Gary Brady said...

Thanks Phil. Well spotted. In point of fact both pubs that were here in Childs Hill when I arrived have now closed down. I'd like to think it was a change for the better but I'm not sure it is.

Mike said...

Didn't you tell us the rider on the white horse was Christ?

Gary Brady said...

Nicely spotted. I was just giving the usual interpretation. I am swayed by the later appearance of a rider on a white horse who is certainly Christ.