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Archive for August 29th, 2006

This is an interesting little piece about teaching Christianity, with some very good encouragement for speakers. It also touches on linguistics and neuro-psych, just because.

St. Augustine. Blogger born before his time.

Part 1

25:33.

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Against Heresies continues as Irenaeus keeps pointing out that, if the Gnostics are going to claim that the Demiurge is the Creator of everything on Earth, including the Gnostics, they can hardly go around saying that the Demiurge has only an animal nature while Gnostics like them are spiritual beings.

Irenaeus also begs God’s forgiveness for descending to the Gnostics’ level enough to argue with them on their own terms, and opines that there isn’t enough hellebore on earth to purge their bowels of foolishness. Yeah, I think this particular theory gets on the good saint’s nerves.

Chs. 29-30: Refutation of the Views of the Heretics as to the Future Destiny of the Soul and Body. Absurdity of Their Styling Themselves Spiritual, While the Demiurge is Declared to Be Animal.

27:52.

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Against Heresies continues as Irenaeus finishes off his comments on the uselessness of numerology for theological inquiry, and then breaks it to us that nobody but God is ever going to know and understand everything about Scripture or things of the spirit. Especially since the most modern science doesn’t know everything about ordinary Earth stuff going on all around us. (He must’ve been really interested to know how tides work, ’cause he keeps bringing that up!)

Chs. 26-28: “Knowledge Puffeth Up, But Love Edifieth.” Proper Mode of Interpreting Parables and Obscure Passages of Scripture. Perfect Knowledge Cannot Be Attained in the Present Life: Many Questions Must Be Submissively Left in the Hands of God.

33:54.

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Little Fuzzy continues as Victor Grego, planetary manager for the Company, decides to be proactive about the Fuzzies and protective of the Company’s charter. If he can just control the words, he really can control the world….

Part V

38:04.

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The Battle of Pharsalia plays out, and utter carnage ensues.

No, your workmates probably don’t want to hear this episode, even if it’s not quite as gory as the hand-to-hand combat at sea bit was.

No, the bit about this battle determining history “for all times” isn’t an exaggeration. Pompey and Crassus got the furthest in control of the East of any Roman. Caesar was meaning to wage war out the Parthians’ way, but was interrupted by the Ides of March. Roman expansion to the East pretty well stopped after that. By the time the Empire was headquartered over in Byzantium, they had the Persian Empire to deal with; and when the Persians went down, it was to the Muslims. Thereafter, the Byzantines were always fighting various Muslim groups until 1453, when Constantinople fell to them.

So, yes, Lucan is talking to you.

Book 7, Part 2

35:18.

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