Tag Archives: Adriaen van de Venne

fish for souls: bait, hook and stinker

Graven images. Idols and idolatry. It was in part, the spiritual spark that contributed to a series of incidents that were intrinsic to an underlying conflict of the Thirty Years’ War. ¬†Calvinist fundamentalists, a form of Christian Brotherhood, stormed churches … Continue reading

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beginnings without endings

The world lives in fear of the “incident”- In Iran perhaps, or Saudi Arabia, or Egypt? —that will ignite the next great conflict; but if you look back on the Thirty Years War and take it as a template for … Continue reading

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phishing for souls

Why do wars begin? Why, indeed? Several times in history, the pattern is repeated: we see a general peace, apparently welcome to all concerned, but beneath this peace we see fear and suspicion constantly threatening it. No power wants war, … Continue reading

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