One rather famous verse in the synoptic Gospels (such as in Matthew 21) includes this line: “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” The same chapter contains many other recognizable phrases, and it has long intrigued me how many different Biblical expressions have made it to English conversational or literary use. For example, in this chapter are found the expression “Many are called, but few are chosen” and “Show me the money!” (often translated as “show me the tribute money” or “show the the tribute coin”). [...]
A thoughtful post from a friend of a friend has me thinking about the issue of torture. Is it permissable? Is it moral? Is it right? Not quite the same questions, and I wrote a sort of a rambling reply to her about a framework for considering this unpleasant topic: [...]
In this instance, it isn’t my own verse involved. My humble online digs were just nominated for a “Food for Thought Award” by Citizen Tom. I recognize that this is a small thing, this award, but I am nonetheless flattered and accept in the spirit that it was given. And I am more than a [...]
I was asked yesterday about the “surly bonds of Earth” reference in the post about Neil Armstrong’s death. There is indeed a story behind that and a very unusual young man.
John Gillespie McGee Jr. was born in Shanghai to a US ambassador, thus was American. His initial school was in Shanghai, “The American School” [...]
Neil Armstrong, first human to set foot on another world, passed away today.
I hope all of you in the States have a meaningful American Independence Day, and that those from other lands have a safe and warm day even if it’s just a Wednesday where you are. [...]
Memorial Day we gather and pay homage to our fallen… [...]
This article is biased in favor of gun ownership, but is nevertheless interesting: [...]
A few of you pointed out the problems with a too-simplistic linear left-right chart, and noted other ways to look at the issue. Circles, for example, appeared more than once in that conversation, noting that the Nazi communists and communists would then wind up as adjacent to each other.
Happy new year, friends.
I’ve been engaged in a discussion of political movements, and there is a constant irritation regarding terminology. I have been careful to use (and consistently state) the US version of the spectrum, with the US right (including the Tea Party) and the US left (including the Occupy Movement). In US terms, [...]