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.

Far from the madding crowd

Eleri and I went to the cinema tonight. We'd been to a lovely barbecue with friends during the day and rounded it off with this.  Neither of us could remember when we'd last gone to the cinema together. Thomas Hardy's Far from the madding crowd is a great novel and this film does it proud. Great cinematography, wonderful lighting, great acting, good indoor and outdoor scenes and costumes, appropriate music, etc, etc. We just really enjoyed the whole thing. A love triangle is always a good literary device and it is done well and not predictably. Hardy was a gloomy old soul and so you have to bear with a vast whack of gloom and doom but somehow we get through to (spoiler alert)  a happy ending. I really did enjoy every moment of it.

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