Daily Archives: September 17, 2018

Review: On Reading Well

Originally posted on Bob on Books:
On Reading Well, Karen Swallow Prior. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2018. Summary: Makes a case that the reading of great literature may help us live well through cultivating the desire in us to live virtuously…

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Mesopotamian Monday: A Prayer by Assurbanipal to Assur

Originally posted on The Biblical Review:
Within religious traditions, a primary aim and orientation is sometimes to secure a blessed life for descendants. In Catholic and Christian traditions, this can occur through infant baptism. In Deuteronomy 11:19 and 6:7, teaching…

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A response to Old Testament violence

Originally posted on Thinking Pacifism:
Ted Grimsrud—September 17, 2018 The issue of the violence in the Old Testament has troubled and fascinated me for years. How do we reconcile the violent portraits of God with an affirmation that Jesus is…

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Aquinas and Divine Freedom: The Willing God

Originally posted on Eclectic Orthodoxy:
If God is eternal, immutable, and incomposite, how is it that his creation of the cosmos is not a necessary and thus unfree and fettered act? St Thomas Aquinas addresses this question in his Summa…

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Church Write-Up: Help My Unbelief, I John 3, Calling and Humility

Time for this week’s Church Write-Up. A.  The LCMS service focused on Mark 9:14-29, the story of the father with the demon-possessed son.  The father humbly said to Jesus, “I believe, help my unbelief.”  The youth pastor said that it … Continue reading

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A Primer on the Folly (and Evil) of Socialism — International Liberty

Reblogging for future reference: I’ve written many times about socialism, which is sometimes a frustrating task because the definition is slippery. I suspect the average supporter of Bernie Sanders or Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez thinks that socialism is big government, with lots … Continue reading

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3,000 — Clarissa’s Blog

The discussion of whether it’s true that 3,000 people were killed by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico hinges on how much you trust statistical models created by university professors. Obviously, there is no list of specific 3,000 people who died … Continue reading

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