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The Rev. Canon C. K. Robertson

Golden Age?

Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost Sunday - Year C

May 23, 2010

The Rev. Canon Charles K. Robertson (TEC)

A wise and mischievous lay leader once made the comment that if, as several church members proclaimed with great hyperbole, there had been a "golden age" in the life of his parish, he must have blinked and missed it.

The compilers of the biblical canon seem to agree with such a sentiment. The Hebrew Scriptures begin with the recounting of an idyllic time in humanity's story, a paradise on earth, the Garden of Eden. This golden age, however, occupies but a tiny space in the Old Testament canon, as contrasted with the multi-volume account of the wanderings in the wilderness, the subsequent struggles to claim the Promised Land, and the dreary era of the Babylonian exile.

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