And nothing doth extinguish envy more, than for a great person to preserve all other inferior officers, in their full lights and pre-eminences of their places.
We will add this in general, touching the affection of envy; that of all other affections, it is the most importune and continual.
So that if there existed any one whom we assuredly knew to be capable of making discoveries of the highest kind, and of the greatest possible utility to the public; and if all other men were therefore eager by all means to assist him in successfully prosecuting his designs, I do not see that they could do aught else for him beyond contributing to defray the expenses of the experiments that might be necessary; and for the rest, prevent his being deprived of his leisure by the unseasonable interruptions of any one.
But in this I have adopted the following order: first, I have essayed to find in general the principles, or first causes of all that is or can be in the world, without taking into consideration for this end anything but God himself who has created it, and without educing them from any other source than from certain germs of truths naturally existing in our minds In the second place, I examined what were the first and most ordinary effects that could be deduced from these causes; and it appears to me that, in this way, I have found heavens, stars, an earth, and even on the earth water, air, fire, minerals, and some other things of this kind, which of all others are the most common and simple, and hence the easiest to know.
And one's own forces are those which are composed either of subjects, citizens, or dependents; all others
are mercenaries or auxiliaries.
Robert Nash, in his book Religious Pluralism in the Academy, sees a profound need for religious conversation in American universities: "My somewhat dramatic contention is that religious pluralism, if left unattended, is a phenomenon that in the future will threaten to divide students, faculty, and administrators in a way that makes all other
campus divisions look tame by comparison." (2) Nash is concerned that campuses could be fragmented and Balkanized by religious groups if they do not have opportunities to come together for open dialogue in intentionally designated multifaith dialogue spaces.
As the architect orders the work of the carpenter or mason, so too the theologian directs and orders all the other studies, since he is concerned with wisdom universally, whereas all other
disciplines study only this or that aspect of wisdom.
in turning one God for all into one's God against all others
. That is the root cause of the Chosin metaphysic that drives the Theology of Crime; and whenever and wherever it transcends itself to others, it descends upon them with its terror.
Self-righteous ideologists divide the world into good people like themselves (for example, "true" Christians or "true" followers of Islam) and "evil" people like all others
(heretics, nonbelievers, apostates, oppressors, and the like).
Douglas Sturm gives expression to the notion of covenant community when he calls it a structure of interdependence in which "each member is acknowledged with deepest respect by all others
and is nurtured and advanced by the relationship [ldots] the common purpose served by all is to maintain and enrich the association itself, but precisely because the association is integral to their own self-devel opment as social beings."