Friday, 25 September 2020

Book Beginnings on Fridays and The Friday 56


This week's book is a non-fiction book I have had on my shelves for quite some time; Darwin's Sacred Cause, Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins by Adrian Desmond and James Moore. I have not yet read it, but it is an interesting subject in more ways than one.

Book Beginnings on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader

"No 'evil more monstrous has ever existed upon earth'. So said the leading anti-slavery campaigner Thomas Clarkson on celebrating the end of the slave trade. Clarkson was supported and part-financed by Charles Darwin's grandfather, the master potter Josiah Wedgwood. But the words could equally have been Darwin's - or those of his other grandfather, the libertine, poet and Enlightenment evolutionist Erasmus Darwin. For all of them slavery was a depravity to make one's 'blood boil', in Charles Darwin's words, a sin requiring expiation: 'to think that we Englishmen and our American descendants ... have been and are so guilty'."


The Friday 56 hosted by Freda's Voice

"Hadn't Jesus himself come to preach 'deliverance to the captives' and to herald history's climax in 'the acceptable year of the Lord'? Evangelicals in Britain living by those words believed the acceptable year of liberation was nigh. Millennial signs were everywhere. Freeing the slaves, extending religious liberty, reforming Parliament and above all preaching the gospel 'to every creature' were harbingers of Christ's Kingdom. Britain's evangelicals were leading the way. When the gospel 'shall be preached in all the world... then shall the end come.'"


Monday, 14 September 2020

Bookmark Monday

 Long time since I posted a bookmark here. Probably due to Corona, since travelling has been scarce. However, now I have made a short trip to Austria and Delft. You will find, in the coming days, two posts about these trips on The Content Reader Goes Outdoors. The meme is hosted by Guiltless Reading although I think Aloi is mostly posting this meme on her twitter/instragram accounts with the same name. 

In Delft, we visited churches and museums and I managed to find a bookmark of Girl With a Pearl Earring, one of the most popular paintings of Delft's famous son Johannes Vermeer. For my magnet collection on the fridge I bought another four motives by him; View of Delft, Little Street, Art of Painting, and Girl With a Pearl Earring. 

In the Vermeer centre, I found two books which I am looking forward to reading. They are Vermeer's Little Street by Franz Gruzenhout. Not much is known about the exact location of the painting, so it reads like a mystery. The other book is A View of Delft, Vermeer then and now by Anthony Bailey. "Vermeer has always been considered the most elusive of great artists, but his book tracks him down in his home town." Looking forward to reading these two books about the beautiful and historically interesting town of Delft.

More about Vermeer and what else to see in Delft on my post coming up on Wednesday (see above).