Archive for July, 2009

On Christian Doctrine continues, with more talk about how Christian teachers should talk.

Book 4, Chs. 9-16


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Gower’s Confessio Amantis is a great classic of English literature and poetry, and nobody reads it.

Until now. (cue ominous music)

I had to do something. All Browning’s blank verse is driving me insane. So welcome to my best Middle English, which stinks for accuracy but ought to be intelligible. Gower is also guaranteed to make you feel better about all the goings-on down at your local parish, because they probably aren’t as bad as the goings-on he complains about.

Prologue, Part 1.


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If this is all some kind of Invisible Man stunt, then all is Wells.

But it seems to be nothing but whitespace at the moment, if you can even get it to load. Which I can’t, except in a cache. Their RSS feed seems to be active, though, which is odd.

Anybody know what’s going on? Dead server? Bad page coding? What?

Anything we can do to help?

UPDATE: And now it’s back. I’m glad. I guess I had only to complain winsomely enough. 🙂

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“Song in a Minor Key” is the last of the Northwest Smith stories, and probably the shortest. Still, I feel fortunate and honored to present this little tale that’s slipped into the public domain. Enjoy!

“Song in a Minor Key”


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An Introduction to the Devout Life continues, as we begin the part of the book dedicated to virtues and how to practice them. In this chapter, we begin a discussion of how to pick out which virtues to concentrate on getting and keeping.

Bk. 3, Ch. 1.


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“The Were-Wolf” continues, with more creepy Nordic winter and dark disagreements between brothers.

Part 3.


There’ll be at least one more week of this story.

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On Christian Doctrine continues, as St. Augustine waxes eloquent over the eloquence of Biblical writers. He gives us a rhetorical analysis of one passage of St. Paul and another of the prophet Amos, and we also learn a bit about the ancient art of elocution. (Which would come in handy for us audiobook readers, it would seem.) We don’t tend to think of the Bible as an oral work deploying oral rhetorical skills; St. Augustine thinks that way of it first.

Book 4, Chapters 5-8.


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