By Suzanna Clarke
The Medina -- the outdated urban -- of Fez is the best-preserved, medieval walled urban on the earth. within this shiny Moroccan group, web cafes and cell phones coexist with a maze of donkey-trod alleyways, thousand-year-old sewer platforms, and Arab-style homes, stunning with difficult, if frequently shabby, mosaic paintings.
While traveling in Morocco, Suzanna Clarke and her husband, Sandy, are encouraged to shop for a dilapidated, centuries-old riad in Fez with the purpose of restoring it to its unique elegance, utilizing in basic terms conventional craftsmen and home made fabrics. So starts off a amazing experience that's bewildering, every now and then hilarious, and finally immensely lucrative.
A condominium in Fez chronicles their meticulous recovery, however it is additionally a trip into Moroccan customs and lore and a window into the lives of its humans as friendships blossom. while the riad is ultimately lower back to its former glory, Suzanna reveals she has not only restored an outdated residence, but in addition her soul.
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Otherwise humanism will always be secretly theological. It will be a continuation of God by other means. God will simply live a shadowy afterlife in the form of respectable suburban morality, as indeed he does today. The inﬁnity of Man would simply end up doing service for the eternity of God. In Faustian spirit, Man would fall in love with his own apparently boundless powers, forgetful that God in the doctrine of the Incarnation is shown to be in love with the ﬂeshly, frail, and ﬁnite. Besotted by his own inﬁnity, Man would ﬁnd himself in perpetual danger of developing too fast, overreaching himself and bringing himself to nothing, as in the myth of the Fall.
Many reﬂective people these days will see good reason to reject religious belief. But even if the account I have given of it is not literally true, it may still serve as an allegory of our political and historical condition. Besides, critics of the most enduring form of popular culture in human history have a moral obligation to confront that case at its most persuasive, rather than grabbing themselves a victory on the cheap by savaging it as so much garbage and gobbledygook. The mainstream Christian theology I have outlined here may well be false; but anyone who holds to it is in my view deserving of respect.
He saw them as pretty much of a piece and condemned them both, as the Nazis and the Stalinists were to do later. D. H. Lawrence does much the same in Women in Love. Secular liberalism is in no sense the ‘‘natural’’ antidote to religious faith. The non-God or anti-God of Scripture, who hates burnt o√erings and acts of smug self-righteousness, is the enemy of idols, fetishes, and graven images of all kinds—gods, churches, ritual sacriﬁce, the Stars and Stripes, nations, sex, success, ideologies, and the like.