His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
—2 Peter 1:3–4
There is no event that compares to the birth of a firstborn child. That mixture of fear and excitement and joy when experienced for the first time is unrivaled by even the best rides at Disney World, that acme of American institutions whose aims are to produce those emotions through artificial means. This shouldn’t . . .