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February 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Making sanity out of vanity

‘Vanity of vanities! All is vanity’ (Ecclesiastes 1:2). That’s probably one of the best-known phrases from the book of Ecclesiastes… But what exactly is vanity? Ordinarily when we think of vanity, we think of quality mirror-time. Singer-songwriter Carly Simon exposes the operating principle of vanity in the line to her 1973 song, ‘You’re so…

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Making sanity out of vanity

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July 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Making sanity out of vanity

Making sanity out of vanity In his classic work, Pilgrim’s progress, John Bunyan escorts us to Vanity Fair. The Fair, he says, is open for business year round. And it’s not a new business, but was established from ancient times. The Fair offers all the wares and services typical to mankind, some inherently dishonourable,…

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