Foster on Solitude

 

In the most recent Christianity Today (Sept, 08), Richard Foster shares what he believes will be the spiritual discipline that Christians most need to explore:

Solitude. It is the most foundational of the disciplines of abstinence, the via negativa. The evangalical passion for engagement with the world is good. But as Thomas a Kempis says, the only person who’s safe to travel is the person who’s free to stay at home. And Pascal said that we would solve the world’s problems if we just learned to sit in our room alone. Solitude is essential for right engagement. [p. 45]

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