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A brief history of the Levant

28 July 2014

I hope that no one will feel that I am making light of the terrible violence that is taking place in Israel and the Gaza Strip.  This little video seems to me to sum up the terrible history of that land pretty well.

May God forgive us for the things we do in His name.

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T.S.Eliot: “The World is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality”

27 July 2014

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“The World is trying the experiment of attempting to form a civilized but non-Christian mentality. The experiment will fail; but we must be very patient in awaiting its collapse; meanwhile redeeming the time: so that the Faith may be preserved alive through the dark ages before us; to renew and rebuild civilization, and save the World from suicide.”

- T.S.Eliot

Benjamin Franklin: “That there is one God, who made all things”

26 July 2014

Benjamin-Franklin

“That there is one God, who made all things. That he governs the world by his providence. That he ought to be worshipped by adoration, prayer, and thanksgiving. But that the most acceptable service to God is doing good to man. That the soul is immortal. And that God will certainly reward virtue and punish vice, either here or hereafter.”

-Benjamin Franklin

James Madison: “the duty which we owe our Creator”

25 July 2014

James Madison

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth that religion, or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The religion, then, of every man must be left to the conviction and conscience of every man: and that it is the right of every man to exercise it as these may dictate.”

- James Madison

Edward Harrison: “Here is the cosmological proof of the existence of God”

24 July 2014

Edward Harrison

“Here is the cosmological proof of the existence of God – the design argument of Paley – updated and refurbished. The fine tuning of the universe provides prima facie evidence of deistic design. Take your choice: blind chance that requires multitudes of universes or design that requires only one…. Many scientists, when they admit their views, incline toward the teleological or design argument.”

- Edward Harrison,British astronomer and cosmologist

Galileo Galilei: “God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect”

23 July 2014

Galileo Galilei

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”

-Galileo Galilei

William Ellery Channing: “The great end in religious instruction, is not to stamp our minds upon the young”

22 July 2014

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“The great end in religious instruction, is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own; not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth; not to form an outward regularity, but to touch inward springs; not to bind them by ineradicable prejudices to our particular sect or peculiar notions, but to prepare them for impartial, conscientious judging of whatever subjects may be offered to their decision; not to burden memory, but to quicken and strengthen the power of thought.”

-William Ellery Channing

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