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  • 2019 December 24: Allegory

    December 24, 2019 18:36

    When I hear the phrase "that old time religion", my thoughts turn to ALL the way back to the first century or so after Christ — as old as Christianity gets! And at that time a very allegorical approach to Scripture was popular if not the norm. Because, for them, the point of Scripture is how we can apply it to our lives. After all, Scripture is multi-layered and there are many "right" ways to approach a given passage. 

  • 2019 December 23: Unquiet Universal Trance

    December 23, 2019 16:53

    “Nine-tenths of the news, as printed in the papers, is pseudo-news, manufactured events. Some days ten-tenths. The ritual morning trance, in which one scans columns of newsprint, creates a peculiar form of generalized pseudo-attention to a pseudo-reality. (more )

  • 2016 December 18: "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence"

    December 22, 2019 10:30

    A few of the hymns in our hymnal have texts of truly ancient origin, and "Let All Mortal Flesh" is one of them. It is an ancient chant of Eucharistic [Communion] devotion based on words from Habakkuk 2:20, "Let all the earth keep silence before him". The original was composed in Greek as a Cherubic Hymn for the Offertory of the Divine Liturgy of St James; the "Let All Mortal Flesh" text is probably older than the rest of the liturgy and goes back at least to 275 AD, with local churches adopting arrangements in Syriac. The identity of the original author is long lost in the misty shadows of Time. (more )

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