A Different Mind by Thomas S. Buchanan

A Different Mind

“For any ways of life, any employment of our talents, whether of our parts, our time, or money, that is not strictly according to the will of God, that is not for such ends as are suitable to his glory, are as great absurdities and failings as prayers that are not according to the will of God.”
William Law

Many of us who read Touchstone could be described as Christians who are concerned about the state of the Church. We value the historic faith and are inspired by the exhortation of the prophet Jeremiah to “stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls.” We are active in our churches and keep abreast of ecclesiastical events and current literature.

In the early eighteenth century, William Law described a person of similar interests in his book A Serious Call to the Devout and Holy Life. He called this person Eusebius and contrasted him with Leo, a generous, good-natured person who cares little for anything religious. As Mr. Law wrote: “Eusebius, on the other hand, has had many early impressions of religion, and buys books of devotion. He can talk of all the feasts and fasts of the Church, and knows the names of most men that have been eminent for piety. You never hear him swear, or make a loose jest; and when he talks of religion, he talks of it as a matter of the last [i.e., utmost] concern.”

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Thomas S. Buchanan is the George W. Laird Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Delaware. He has studied at UCSD, Northwestern University, and MIT, and has held visiting professorships at the University of Western Australia and the University of Aix-Marseille. He has served as department chairman, deputy dean, and institute director, president of the American Society of Biomechanics, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Applied Biomechanics. He is on the Board of Trustees of Saint Katherine College, the editorial board of Touchstone, and the board of The Fellowship of St. James.

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