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Monthly Archives: September 2011
Jesus or Jail?
Well, this is interesting. According to this CNN article, an Alabama town is giving people convicted of misdemeanors an option to “pay their debt to society” by attending church every Sunday for one year. It’s not exactly going to portend … Continue reading
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“Honey, You’re Prettier Than All Those Other Women Who’ve Had My Children”
With more than 4,000 pages of the Great Books completed as of this morning, I suppose we have some justification for preening. No doubt all your friends and relations are showering you with praise if you’ve read everything posted here … Continue reading
Posted in Books, Liberal Arts Tagged Federalist Papers, Great Books, Homer, James Jeans, John Locke, Plutarch, Voltaire 3 Comments
Catching Up . . .
It’s going to be one more day before I can post observations on last week’s Great Books readings; I still have some of the Iliad before putting them together. But I wanted to go ahead and post this week’s readings … Continue reading
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9 Traffic Cops for 960 People?
I haven’t posted on the debt problems in Europe in a while, but the continent is still in a slow-motion train wreck. Yields on one-year Greek bonds are over 100% now, a clear signal that the country is going to … Continue reading
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Is Rationality a Feeling?
It’s Great Books Monday once again, and we are on pace to pass the 4,000-page mark this week. We’re also about to make John Locke’s acquaintance, as well as Voltaire’s. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: The Iliad … Continue reading
Posted in Books, Liberal Arts Tagged Alfred N. Whitehead, Federalist Papers, Great Books, Homer, Jean de la Bruyere, Jonathan Swift, William James 2 Comments
Rebecca, Who Slammed Doors for Fun and Perished Miserably
I haven’t had much time for blogging this week, but I was reminded of this poem by Hilaire Belloc this morning when it showed up in my son’s writing lesson. Many more like it can be found in the volume … Continue reading
Posted in Books Tagged funeral sermon, Hilaire Belloc, little lamb, marble bust, poetry, slamming doors 4 Comments
Achilles, the Three-Fifths Clause, and a Piece of Chalk
It’s another Great Books Monday, and if you’re like me, you’re feeling a sense of accomplishment for finishing Plato’s Republic this past week. Hopefully you’ll get that feeling many more times as we make further progress in this project. Here … Continue reading
Posted in Books, Liberal Arts Tagged Federalist Papers, Great Books, Homer, John Dewey, Montaigne, Plato, Thomas Huxley 3 Comments
What Would Jesus Hack?
This past week’s issue of the Economist had an . . . unusual article on hacking and religion. It seems like some Christians are promoting hacking as akin to godliness. (N.B. The term “hacking” here is used in its traditional, … Continue reading
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Impoverishment Is Prosperity, Says Politico
As night follows day, the promoters of the broken-window fallacy have emerged following another natural disaster to proclaim its economic benefits. This time it’s a columnist at Politico.com, who claims that Hurricane Irene will provide a boost to the economy … Continue reading
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Diomedes Against the Immortals
It’s Great Books Monday once again, and I hope you’re ready to wrap up two major works. We’ll have read one of them in its entirety and lengthy excerpts of the other. Here are the readings for the upcoming week: … Continue reading
Posted in Books, Liberal Arts Tagged Federalist Papers, Francis Bacon, Great Books, Henri Poincare, Homer, John Dewey, Plato 1 Comment