Monthly Archives: July 2012

Ron Paul’s End the Fed 2: The Janitor and William Jennings Bryan

In my latest reading of End the Fed, Ron Paul talks about the people who intellectually influenced him, and Paul mentions his upbringing and certain economists whom he met, read, and heard. Another person who influenced Ron Paul was a … Continue reading

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Abstract Deities, (Not Quite) Divine Rulers, Mithraism

I finished Helmut Koester’s History, Culture, and Religion of the Hellenistic Age.  I have three items. 1.  I found something that Koester says on pages 362-363 to be interesting.  Koester says that ancient Roman religion usually viewed their deities as … Continue reading

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Ron Paul’s End the Fed 1

I started Ron Paul’s End the Fed, which is about the Federal Reserve.  According to Ron Paul, a big reason that a national bank and (later) the Federal Reserve were established was so that money could be pumped into the … Continue reading

Posted in Candidates, Economics, Political Philosophy, Politics

Stimulus, Welfare, and Sacrifice

For my write-up today on Helmut Koester’s History, Culture, and Religion of the Hellenistic Age, I’ll talk about economic policy.  I have three items. 1.  On page 329, Koester talks about imperial Roman attempts to end exploitation, to bring economic … Continue reading

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Life and Tests

John Shore has a post about Chad Holtz entitled Chad Holtz now believes in hell. As to homosexuality . . . ?  You can read John’s post or do an online search to get more information about Chad Holtz, but … Continue reading

Posted in Alcoholism, Intelligent Quotes, Life, Religion, Social Skills

Aspies in the Church

On Rachel Held Evans’ site, there is an excellent post by Erin Thomas on Embracing Faith As an Aspie.  The post is excellent, as were many of the comments.  But my favorite comment was by lainiep: “As an aspie female … Continue reading

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Anointed at Baptism

At church this morning, we had a baptism.  The liturgy said, “We praise you for sending Jesus your Son, who was baptized in the waters of the Jordan, and was anointed as the Christ by your Holy Spirit.”  This made … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich’s To Save America 11: Moderate, Small Government Democrats

I finished Newt Gingrich’s To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine.  In this post, I’d like to highlight something that Newt says on page 316: The Tea Party movement “is not a movement of any one party.  While the recent … Continue reading

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Newt Gingrich’s To Save America 10: The Second Amendment

In my latest reading of To Save America: Stopping Obama’s Secular-Socialist Machine, Newt Gingrich affirms that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to keep and bear arms, for that enables people to defend themselves against tyranny.  Newt appeals to … Continue reading

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Psalm 87

For my weekly quiet time this week, I’ll blog about Psalm 87.  Psalm 87 is extolling the splendor of Zion.  Psalm 87:4-6 is an especially intriguing passage that has sparked discussion among scholars and interpreters.  Vv 4-6 say (in the … Continue reading

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