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How can you sleep so peacefully…?

In Anecdotes, Gleanings from Readings on August 3, 2013 at 1:00 am

generalgreeneAbout General Nathaniel Greene, during one of his campaigns in the American Revolution:

“Touring his camp before dawn one day the general awakened a slumbering officer and asked how he could sleep so peacefully when the army was in such danger. Thereupon the officer replied that it was because he knew General Greene was there.”

Quoted in Thomas Jefferson and His Times: Vol. 5 by Dumas Malone.



Noble Savage…

In Anecdotes, Gleanings from Readings on August 2, 2013 at 1:00 am

“Alaric, the Goth who would sack Rome in 410, demanded after taking Athens that he be permitted to spend the day exploring the famed city, admiring its monuments, attending its theater, and having Plato’s Timaeus read to him.”


(Source: Henri Daniel-Rops, The Church in the Dark Ages, trans. Audrey Butler (London: J. M. Dent & Sons, 1959), 59.)

“Darwin’s Doubt”: A Book Perhaps Worth Checking Out

In Gleanings from Readings on July 25, 2013 at 9:38 am

I just saw this review of a new book on evolution entitled Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design that I think would be worth looking into…

“Natural Marriage” Vs. …Unnatural Marriage, of Course

In Gleanings from Readings on July 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

In an article I happened to peruse today from The Christian Post titled

Conservative Christians Pleased With GOP Chair’s Words on Abortion, Gay Marriage Positions

I was struck by the following:

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, told The Christian Post that it was “gratifying to hear the chairman unequivocally reaffirm the party’s commitment to natural marriage.”

Natural Marriage.  Which refers to traditional marriage of course, but I like the sound of that better than “traditional marriage,” because the term “natural marriage” would distinguish it from “unnatural marriage” of course.  I would recommend that proponents of marriage, real, traditional marriage consider using the term “natural marriage” because by implication it defines all other so-called “marriages” as unnatural.  Others have advocated calling it “Holy Matrimony” to differentiate it from whatever else now gets called “marriage.”

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