Beautiful Writing, Part 5: John Donne

Although I disagree with the basic tenets of humanism, I agree that we are all connected in some way, as humans. Regardless of race, ethnicity, or faith, we can all trace our ancestry back to Noah and his three sons. Thus we are all connected, however remotely. Therefore we should have much more compassion and not hate toward one another. Furthermore, we are all created by an Almighty loving, forgiving, gracious God, who offers free eternal life to anyone who will accept the sacrifice of Jesus’s death on the cross and subsequent resurrection as adequate payment for their sin debt and receive Him as Savior. Reblogged from

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John Donne was a poet, philosopher, and man of the church in Renaissance England. His writing covered a wide range of material, including poems, songs, and sermons. I want to quote from one of his most famous pieces: “Meditation 17”, which many readers will recognize as the epigram at the beginning of Ernest Hemingway’s For Whom The Bell Tolls:

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

This quotation is an expression of Humanism and…

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