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Book Review: The Coming Of The Fairies

The Coming Of The Fairies, by Arthur Conan Doyle I read this book, like many others I have read, thanks to an independent publisher who releases free ebooks of forgotten and out of print volumes [1].  In retrospect, this book … Continue reading

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The Festival Of Dedication Revisited

Recently I participated in a somewhat fierce online debate where someone from another Church of God group was attempting, somewhat unsuccessfully, to argue that Hanukkah was pagan and that Jesus had worshiped at the temple on a different day than … Continue reading

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Book Review: Esperanto In The New York Times (1887-1922)

Esperanto In The New York Times (1887-1922), edited by Ulrich Becker As someone who considers myself to be a fairly new and somewhat unusual Esperantist, who reads many books in and on the subject [1], I found this book to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Corinthian Catastrophe

The Corinthian Catastrophe, by George E. Gardiner When people leave their religious traditions, there can be some bitterness in the process of trying to justify their change and negatively paint what they may perceive as wasted years following the wrong … Continue reading

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How To Lose Friends And Alienate People

Earlier this week, I participated briefly in a ferocious online dispute about the matter of which Festival of Dedication is being spoken of in John 10:22-30.  My thoughts on the matter itself are scheduled to post on March 1st, which … Continue reading

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Lopping And Cropping

Sometimes, less is more.  The famous novelist Jane Austen [1] was known to be somewhat coy about her writing methods, crafting among the most witty novels to be written in the English language, novels known for their fantastic sense of … Continue reading

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Turnabout Is Fair Play, Or The Lament Of The Social Justice Warrior

When I was in college, I had a flirtatious friend/girlfriend with whom I had a very teasing relationship.  During one of her more reflective and astute moments, she told me that both of us liked dishing it out but that … Continue reading

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Book Review: Diaspora

Diaspora:  Exile And The Contemporary Jewish Condition, edited by Etan Levine As is the case often with books I read, I feel simultaneously too close and at some remove from this book and its subject matter.  Although I come from … Continue reading

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This Is My Truth, Tell Me Yours

The Oxford English Dictionary chose as their word of the year post-truth, which is an adequate representation of the sort of discourse we have dealt with this year and in recent times.  Yet this is not a new problem.  Like … Continue reading

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Book Review: Why The Jews Rejected Jesus

Why The Jews Rejected Jesus:  The Turning Point In Western History, by David Klinghoffer It would be tempting, upon reading this book and its smug, self-satisfied tone, casual libels about Jesus and Paul, and its general unpleasant arrogance, to dismiss … Continue reading

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