WW2 Eastern Front: An Introduction

Posted by 2 on September 19, 2009
History / 1 Comment

Click on the links for a discussion of the war on the Eastern Front. This was Continue reading…

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Race in Heaven

Posted by 2 on December 07, 2007
Ethics, Politics / 25 Comments

There are a variety of topics in our current discourse, such as racial linguistic reference, and the question of the desirability of integration in church or state, to which our disputants often have a ready argument: “there will be no race in heaven; therefore we should operate as if that were the case now.” As will prove to be the case again and again, both the major and minor premises of modern truisms are generally dubious. Here I wish to analyze a premise that functions as the “minor” in that argument, and is taken as “obvious” even by intelligent people today. Namely, the idea that “there will be no race in heaven.” Continue reading…

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(DVD) Stalingrad, 2003

Posted by 2 on June 25, 2007
Documentary / 13 Comments

Not to be confused with another movie with the same title, this is a documentary about the Battle of Stalingrad which was fought between the German and Soviet armies during the fall and winter of 1942-43. Before making a few comments, a little background about the battle may be helpful. Continue reading…

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When I hear the word “Judeo-Christian” I reach for my revolver

Posted by 2 on January 12, 2007
Judaica, When I hear the word... / 61 Comments

It is often thought, to borrow from Shaw, that Christianity and Judaism are two religions separated by a common Continue reading…

“Bush Playing American Christians For Suckers”

Posted by 2 on October 13, 2006
Culture, Current Flux / 70 Comments

This quote is from Keith Olbermann on the October 12 broadcast of MSNBC’s Countdown. In a report that featured excerpts from the soon to be released book, Tempting Faith, by the former number-two man in Bush’s office of “faith-based initiatives,” David Kuo, Olbermann reveals what should have been obvious Continue reading…

Words on Religion, Fear Mongering, and the State

Posted by 2 on September 19, 2006
Culture / 4 Comments

A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.

– Aristotle

In the end, more than [the Athenians] wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all – security, comfort and freedom. When the Athenians finally wanted not to give to society but for society to give to them, when the freedom they wished for most was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.

– Edward Gibbon

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary

– H. L. Mencken

Essay. Eastern Orthodoxy, part 3

Posted by 2 on September 18, 2006
Current Flux / 36 Comments

When encountering adherents to Eastern Orthodoxy, the issue of authority is pivotal.  Orthodoxy and Rome agree, at least formally, with Protestants on at least this much: God is the final authority and only he is in a position reveal himself to mankind.  Thus if we are to know anything about him –– or, indeed, anything about ourselves and the world around us –– he must reveal himself to us.  The doctrine of divine revelation necessarily plays a central role in all Christian traditions. But where is this revelation to be found?  The Protestant answer is summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith:

“Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation.  Therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal Himself, and to declare that His will unto His Church; and afterwards for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which makes the Holy Scripture to be most necessary; those former ways of God’’s revealing His will unto His people being now ceased.” Continue reading…

9-11 Five Years Later

Posted by 2 on September 11, 2006
Current Discourse / 23 Comments

Today marks the fifth anniversary of 9-11. The main stream news media and talk shows Continue reading…