The term “intellectual” is one frequently found in descriptions of political groupings and presumably refers to writers, artists, poets, philosophers, and other idlers whose influence is considerably greater than their numbers or contribution would warrant.
As has been evident all along, the debate over gay marriage and special protections for homosexuality in law wasn’t really a debate about equality. It’s about gay privilege at the expense of religious freedom. (more…)
The New York Times has an article up on Mitt Romney’s campaign style when out meeting voters. I couldn’t see anything odd about it. Maybe because the kinds of questions he asks are exactly the kind of thing I ask and am asked whenever I meet new people at church. What are your family connections to the folks with you? What are your genealogical roots? (more…)
My close personal friend and amenuensis Neil Pollack has worked up some ideas we hashed out while dodging SS bullets in the Resistance into quite a passable essay. You just might laugh.
And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain…
This Christmas we will take the sacrament together. The ordinance will be, or can be, bigger than the time and place. Bigger than the place, because it binds us to all the Saints who are taking it with us worldwide, and to God in his heaven. Bigger than time, because it brings us to the foot of the cross and to the times when we made our covenants. (more…)
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Lynn Margulis died a month ago, a woman for whom the important qualities of life were mostly found at the single-cell level. “People think the earth is going to die and they have to save it. That’s ridiculous. If you rid the earth of flowering plants, people would die, period. But the earth was without flowering plants for almost all of its history.” (link)
My first Bible that I could call my own was The Jerusalem Bible, Reader’s Edition, the 1968 edition. This Bible includes several additional books known as the Apocrypha. It is a paraphrase, or better said, a “thought-for-thought” translation rather than a literal translation as is the King James (mostly*). (There are later editions of The Jerusalem Bible which make substantial changes. Plus, there is a “New Jerusalem Bible” which has further emendations. I am not fond of either of the latter editions, which seem to put a more modern theological and politically correct twist into the translation.) (more…)