-trope

  1. Rhetoric
    1. any literary or rhetorical device, as metaphor, metonymy, synecdoche, and irony, that consists in the use of words in other than their literal sense.
    2. an instance of this. Compare figure of speech.
  2. a phrase, sentence, or verse formerly interpolated in a liturgical text to amplify or embellish.

My mind has always sort of yearned for connections. During college I loved finding connections between my three majors, and this always led to even deeper understanding. More importantly, I often found links to my spiritual life. Discovering connections between my classes and scripture has helped fuel my excitement about learning to understand the mysteries of the world and my place in it. After graduation I continued to seek out those metaphors between the physical and the spiritual. The title “Troping” of course echoes my literary background, but also describes what I hope this blog to be. The posts will offer examples of the way our physical world reflects biblical principles.

I also found this to be an effective way to guide, structure, and inspire my bible study. Perhaps it will inspire yours as well.

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

–Romans 1:20

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