Archives: February 2007

early church letters

Today I read (and in some cases, re-read, as I’d seen them in other places) Clement’s epistle to the Corinthians, the 7 epistles of Ignatius, Polycarp’s lone epistle and the scribal account of his martyrdom, the anonymous epistle to Diognetus, the wacky epistle of Barnabas, and the Didache. In terms of citation, which is my

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More reading

I have been unable to finish a book in one sitting for some time now. A part of the problem is that the books are getting longer and more complex. You can’t read Gibbon’s Decline and Fall after dinner. A chapter of Gibbon is quite a bit to digest. If I finish Vol. I by

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65 million years, give or take

This article in the NYT about a newly-minted Ph.D in geosciences at the University of Rhode Island who is a creationist really struck me. His dissertation is on marine reptiles from 65 million years ago, which of course is a tad off of his preferred starting date of 10 million years ago. The politics and

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Obama…

…is a clever duck indeed. Announcing in Lincoln’s town, calling for a date to pull out of Iraq before Hillary does, with the press won over already – I wonder if he can survive, literally and politically, at this rate. The expectations are so high. All the grumbling I read about among black Democrats, that

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Scotland didn’t work out

After discovering that EU3 cripples the technology advancement of the Far East, making it impossible for Japan to compete with Europe even after I conquer half of Asia ‘n the Pacific, I switched to Scotland in 1453. The Scots didn’t work out that well either but for different reasons. Dislodging the English is impossible and

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Homosexuality in the Bible

H has suggested that I share the little summary I wrote over the Bible’s take on homosexuality. Why not? There is an excellent, neutral overview of the topic online; a biased summary from my cranky perspective follows. New Testament: There is nothing conclusive in the gospels or Acts. Paul, in Romans 1:26-27 and 1 Corinthians

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Shaughnessy’s Errors & Expectations

Shaughnessy’s 1977 magnum opus on basic writers is a difficult read, but it’s one of the best books on the nitty-gritty of composition I’ve read so far. For some reason I feel a lot more compassion for my students now after reading E&E. It’s hard not to feel like I’ve been relatively merciless before now.

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McCain

I’ve lost all hope for John McCain. Seven years ago he was a potentially bright spot in a very dim presidential campaign, but in the interim I’ve watched him become an opportunistic Bush surrogate. He’s hiring the Swift Boat people and the sharks that gutted him in North Carolina for Bush in 2000 for his

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Europa Universalis 3

There has been a relative rut of good computer games lately, and when one appears to break the drought, it demands a lot of time from me. Europa Universalis 3 is a case in point. The game allows the player to control any nation that existed between 1453 and 1789 – the fall of Constantinople

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Burton Mack’s Who Wrote the New Testament

Yet another entry in my reading list hits the dust. I’m of two minds about Mack’s writing. On one hand he’s clearly brilliant. On the other hand, he’s very sure about things he can’t honestly be sure about. He dates Luke to 120, for example – and I mean he DATES Luke to 120, not

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