Category Archives: Politics

John Muir Project: Four Quotations and One Image to Start Chapter One of a Book by Cooperative Lectio Divina

“A city is a place that can offer maximum freedom. Otherwise it’s incomplete.” “Cities really are mental conditions. Beijing is a nightmare. A constant nightmare.” “One of the reasons religions are widely accepted is spiritual laziness and its resulting fear.” … Continue reading

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Listening to Biblical History and Qur’anic Recitation, My Heart Beats Faster as Tears Flow

The figure above plots my heart rate on Tuesday, 10/9/12, as a function of time between morning and the night where I collapsed in deep sadness over the political realities of the modern Middle East.  I then continued my studies … Continue reading

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An Ancient Sibling Rivalry Between Peoples of the Books – Isaac or Ishmael?

Public domain image, from Wikipedia (here).  Abraham sacrificicing his son, Ishmael.  One of the richly illustrated manuscripts of the sixteenth century is the Zubdat-al Tawarikh in the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts in Istanbul, dedicated to Sultan Murad III … Continue reading

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Southern Heros: The Friends in War Time

What gives the wheat-fields blades of steel? What points the rebel cannon? What sets the roaring rabble’s heel On the old star-spangled pennon? What breaks the oath of the men o’ the South? What whets the knife for the Union’s … Continue reading

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As in Germany Since 1945, Should Some “American Free Speech” be Considered Illegal?

I wrote the following a few days before this article, “Free Speech in the Age of YouTube,” appeared in the New York Times. Deutsch: Eine free speech zone (“Gebiet der freien Rede”) vom Demokratischen Parteitag 2004 English: The First Amendment zone at the 2004 … Continue reading

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Irenology 2: American War, Christian Conscience, and Building Peace with the Islamic World

A continuation of this post from the other day. For the full report of this remarkable historical event, please go to this webpage.  At a time when the Puritans were persecuting the Quakers. English woman Mary Fisher (1623 – 1698) … Continue reading

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Irenology: American War, Christian Conscience, and Building Peace with the Islamic World

Public domain image of Moses with the Ten Commandments by Rembrandt (1659) from Wikipedia. I returned to a previous day’s writing today in response to a friend’s posting on Facebook of an article entitled “Republicans Have Strong Negative Views of Muslims, Arabs: Poll.”  I … Continue reading

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Ed Loring Speaks on American Homelessness, Debt, Social Class, and the Church

As we head into the fall and a new election cycle, I would like to regularly provide interesting Christian alternatives to the typical Left-Right exchange.  While my own personal political beliefs tend to fall on the side of the left … Continue reading

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