Monthly Archives: February 2012

Buckley on Racism and the American Dream

For this final day of Black History Month 2012, I’ll post links to some YouTube videos that I was watching a couple of days ago.  Essentially, they’re William F. Buckley, Jr.’s contribution to his 1965 debate with James Baldwin about … Continue reading

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John Meier on Evaluating the Gospels for What’s Historical

In my write-up today on volume 1 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew, I will talk about Meier’s analysis of scholarly criteria for determining what in the Gospels is historical. 1.  Meier discusses what he calls “PRIMARY CRITERIA”. a.  Criterion … Continue reading

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Disorganized Ramblings on Religion in the Public Square

As many of you know by now, Rick Santorum said that John F. Kennedy’s speech on the separation of church and state made him want to “throw up”.  I watched Santorum on ABC This Week as he attempted to clarify … Continue reading

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Reflections on Projects for Black History Month

For the last two days of Black History Month, I was planning to blog about the chapter on civil rights in Joan Hoff’s Nixon Reconsidered.  But I changed my mind on that, for a variety of reasons.  For one, the … Continue reading

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John Meier on the Authenticity of Josephus and Tacitus in Their References to Jesus

I started volume 1 of John Meier’s A Marginal Jew, which is about Jesus.  In this post, I will talk about Meier’s discussion about the authenticity of two extrabiblical references to Jesus: that of Josephus (first century C.E.), and that … Continue reading

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Friendship

I finished Hans Dieter Betz’s commentary on The Sermon on the Mount.  In this post, I’ll quote some statements that Betz makes about friendship. On page 600, Betz states: “Greek ethics did understand love and friendship in terms of an … Continue reading

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Ron Paul on Firing Line (1988)

I was watching some Firing Line videos on YouTube yesterday.  Today, I’m watching William F. Buckley’s 1988 interview with Ron Paul, who was the Libertarian candidate for President at the time.  A professor also cross-examines Paul.  The topics include Paul’s … Continue reading

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Nixon’s Civil Rights 27

I finished Dean Kotlowski’s Nixon’s Civil Rights.  In his epilogue, Kotlowski offers his assessment of President Richard Nixon’s civil rights policies.  In some areas, Nixon followed others, either activist federal courts or the Democratic-controlled Congress.  This was evident on such … Continue reading

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Andrew Marin on “When Your Child ‘Comes Out’ to You”

In her Sunday Superlatives today, one post that Rachel Held Evans highlights is by Andrew Marin, the author of Love Is an Orientation.  Andrew’s post is about what parents should do when their child “comes out” to them.  This is … Continue reading

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The Wilderness and the Closing

At church this morning, the pastor talked about being faithful in the wilderness.  He appealed to the example of basketball superstar Jeremy Lin, who practiced continually even in a season of his life when he did not appear to be … Continue reading

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