With Those Who: a guide to leading empathetic lives

I spent some time today on Ben DeVries’ good blog called With Those Who: A Journal of Empathy, a friendly guide for finding regular ways to draw close to others and share their journey. Check it out, including his post on a passage from Francis Schaeffer’s Pollution and the Death of Man. Schaeffer wrote:

Man was divided from God, first; and then, ever since the Fall, man is separated from himself.  These are the psychological divisions.  I am convinced that this is the basic psychosis: that the the individual is divided from himself as a result of the Fall.

The next division is that man is divided from other men; these are the sociological divisions.  And then man is divided from nature, and nature is divided from nature.  So there are these multiple divisions, and one day, when Christ comes back, there is going to be a complete healing of all of them, on the basis of the “blood of the Lamb.”

Ben also heads the evangelical ministry Not One Sparrow, a Christian Voice for Animals, which is providing an important emphasis and good balance to the vital topic of animal care and welfare. His work there includes a website and a blog.


About Jim Jewell

I am a writer and consultant on faith and public life, active for many years in management and communications in the evangelical community. I now work as the director of the nonprofit practice at The Valcort Group (www.valcort.com). Everything on this blog, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of Valcort.
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One Response to With Those Who: a guide to leading empathetic lives

  1. Ben DeVries says:

    Jim, I just sent off a tweet message thanking you for following With Those Who, when I noticed your tweet on the same. I was floored to come across this post, and am so grateful to you for putting it together, and for mentioning Not One Sparrow as well. It means an awful lot to me, and is a real encouragement during this particular stretch. Thank you for your friendship and care, and for your own excellent work, here on your blog and with Flourish. I’ve passed along several references from both in recent months, and look forward to doing more of the same – gratefully, Ben

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