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Book Review: Call Them By Their True Names: American Crises (and Essays)

Call Them By Their True Names:  American Crises (and Essays), by Rebecca Solnit There is an essential problem with this title (and, obviously, the rest of this book).  The author seems to imply in the title that she is able … Continue reading

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A Hermeneutic Of Charity

For those who find the word hermeneutic a bit frightening, it is a word that comes from the Greek word for interpretation, and was coined in the late 17th century by biblical scholars who wanted a suitably fancy word to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation

The Encyclopedia Of Misinformation:  A Compendium Of Imitations, Spoofs, Delusions, Simulations, Counterfeits, Imposters, Illusions, Confabulations, Skulduggery, Frauds, Pseudoscience, Propaganda, Hoaxes, Flimflam, Pranks, Hornswoggle, Conspiracies & Miscellaneous Fakery, by Rex Sorgatz On the one hand, I am perhaps the ideal reader … Continue reading

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Book Review: Midrash And Mishnah

Midrash And Mishnah:  A Study In The Early History Of The Halakah, by Jacob Z. Lauterbach There are a great many reasons why I looked forward to reading this book and enjoyed it so much.  For one, the book was … Continue reading

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Book Review: 48 Lies About American History

48 Lies About American History (That You Probably Learned In School), by Larry Schweikart The author knows what he is talking about when he criticizes textbooks for the lies they pass along, and he names names in this humorous and … Continue reading

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A Dialogue Concerning The Resurrections

[Note:  For the record, neither of these are stand-ins for the author, though both speak as the author does on occasion, in the elevated manner of a formal scholarly disputation.] Tertius – I saw you shaking your head at both … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Battle For The Soul Of Capitalism

The Battle For The Soul Of Capitalism, by John C. Bogle Those readers who are not aware of the generally corrupt behaviors of many financiers and business executives [1] may think that this title is a bit overly dramatic.  Those … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Relationship Between Climate And Civilization

Before our highly politicized times, it was once imagined that the weather was a safe topic of conversation [1].  Obviously that is no longer the case.  The fault for this extends in at least two directions.  On the one hand, … Continue reading

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A Discourse On The Citing Of Authorities

As someone who spends a great deal of time on social media, I notice a lot of sources being cited by others as authoritative in the various political and cultural debates of our time.  One of the frequent examples that … Continue reading

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Going Down To Liverpool To Do Nothing

Yesterday I found myself involved, as I often am, with an entertaining conversation online about an incident that is recorded in the Bible in Matthew 2:13-15:  “Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph … Continue reading

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