Friday, July 23, 2010

Friendship's value to the community

It could be argued that Friendships are of practical value to the Community. Every civilised religion began in a small group of friends.

Mathematics effectively began when a few Greek friends got together to talk about numbers and lines and angles. What is now the Royal Society was originally a few gentlemen meeting in their spare time to discuss things which they (and not many others) had a fancy for. What we now call “the Romantic Movement” once was Mr. Wordsworth and Mr. Coleridge talking incessantly (at least Mr. Coleridge was) about a secret vision of their own. Communism, Tractarianism, Methodism, the movement against slavery, the Reformation, the Renaissance, might perhaps be said, without much exaggeration, to have begun in the same way.

C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves (1960; Harcourt Brace: 1991) 68.


  1. So what is Luther's Sanhedrin? This is his group of friends which helped him translate the OT into German: Philipp Melanchthon, Justus Jonas, John Bugenhagen, and Caspar Cruciger. "Translators must never work by themselves," Luther claimed. "When one is alone, the best and most suitable words do not always occur to him." Again, the value of friendship to the community!

  2. Maybe that's what we should call our group, "a small group of friends." Maybe something great would come out of it? I like "band of brothers." Anybody have a comment on our group of friendly brother's or are we a group of stranger's that meet twice a month? Where is our value to the community? Translate that!!