Having been in the '94 NOrthridge quake in los Angeles,(3 miles from
epicenter), Chrysostom has a VERY good point. And everybody does repent.
Church was filled to the brink the Sunday after the quake (I, being ever
righteous, went to church every sunday anyway). But...it was more like 3
months than 3 weeks before everybody forgot how scary the quake was. ATMs
were up the next day.
Earthquakes can definately scare one to repent...
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From: "Richard Landes" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Sunday, December 31, 2000 5:01 PM
Subject: Re: resolutions...
> there's a nice piece by chrysostom "on earthquakes" in which he urges
> people who are in an earthquake to imagine it's the end of the world and
> repent. the problem, he laments, is that within 3 weeks they abandon all
> their determination to be a better person. maybe new year's resolutions
> a domesticated form of last judgment, like yom kippur.