Steinbeck’s Mark 8:36

What can it profit a man to gain the whole world and to come to his property with a gastric ulcer, a blown prostrate, and bifocals?

John Steinbeck, Cannery Row

An interesting adaptation of Mark 8:36, For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Literary wit is being crippled in the name of secularization. With each passing generation, the Christian capital that shows itself in the works of our masters is exchanged for the un-backed currency of everything else. 


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