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Jun 2, 2023Liked by Michael F. Bird

Though I voted for Augustine, some of what the Young Pope said I found interesting and thought-provoking. But when he started talking about obedience or hell, I felt distinctly uneasy. Unquestioned obedience can lead to some very nasty places. Ones that I don't think Jesus would want us to go.

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Heni, yes, I know, some of the Young Pope's stuff does sound tempting!

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Jun 22, 2023Liked by Michael F. Bird

I think the speech by the Young Pope is extremely well-written for what Sorrentino was trying to capture, especially since I felt it in real time reading it. I found myself nodding along more and more, until about three paragraphs from the end when the curtain is pulled back and it is revealed what means will be required against our fellow man to reach that end (forced obedience for us, abandoned peril for them), and I shuddered seeing that the temptation for sectarianism even runs deep within myself.

Love the City of God, even if I have to struggle through it in most instances.

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Noah, you've perfectly summed up my same experience with the speech. At first I was like, "Yeah, yep, aha." And then, "Whoa, wait, no, we can't!"

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Jun 2, 2023Liked by Michael F. Bird

"something more enduring than hash and hashtags" - a humorous summary of many modern day

"revolutions" but the alliteration, assonance and consonance all in one: gold:)

Loved the message about Grace especially!!

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Thanks James!

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