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PD-US.

 

Observations.

What is enlightenment?

"Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. ... Sapere Aude! (Dare to know!) Have courage to use your own understanding!" Kant's famous 1784 essay about Enlightenment still has something of value for us today. He argues that the courage to think for ones self provides the impetus for a progressive society. To act maturely means to resist blind conformity and to respectfully question authority.
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Religion, Reviews.

Reforming progress

Calvinist philosophy professor Theodore Plantinga suggests that 'post-Enlightenment' Protestants, so as to act progressively or correctly in support of individual liberties, should embrace the Protestant faith, building their responses to the world on the foundation of Calvin and Luther, rather than embrace 'short-sighted' Enlightenment ideas. How does Plantinga justify his view that the societal direction of Western civilization can be improved by eschewing the Enlightenment influence and replacing it with the Reformational Christian outlook of the 16th century?

Pocket Review, Title Band Of Brothers, Studio HBO, Rating 5.0,

Band Of Brothers (2001)

Director: Steven Spielberg

Pocket Review

Films, Reviews.

Band of Brothers: A movie that never gets old

Band of Brothers is intimate, sobering, and gives some sense of the bonds formed in war by soldiers facing death together. It is an account of a cohort of U.S. airborne troops, beginning with their training through their World War II combat experiences in Normandy, Holland, the Ardennes Forest, Alsace and Bavaria, culminating in the post-war occupation of Bavaria and central Austria. This is the best war movie ever made.

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PD-USGOV.

 

Observations, Politics-Government, Religion.

Apocalyptic politics

Donald Trump's latest international provocation, the decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, marches Trump-backing evangelicals a step closer to their deeply held desire for the fulfillment of Biblical end-times prophecies. A recent CNN article by Diana Bass suggests that, for many evangelicals, Jerusalem is about prophecy, not politics. I would partially agree: It is about prophecy, but it is also explicitly about politics.

Book Pocket Review, Title A New History Of Early Christianity, Author Charles Freeman, Rating 3.5,

A New History Of Early Christianity

Charles Freeman

Pocket Review

Reviews.

The gestation of Christianity

This is a very readable historical treatment of the early gestation of Christianity. The approach is explicitly historical rather than theological, allowing the author to examine the early documents and archeology in light of the culture and politics of the early Christian writers. In particular the diverse perspectives and the many contradictions found in their writings can make more sense when considering wider historical influences, such as the region the writer came from, the language(s) they spoke and didn't speak, whether they were Jewish or Gentile, their position in society, and so on.

Book Briefly Noted, Title Why Evolution Is True, Author Jerry A. Coyne, Rating 3.5,

Why Evolution Is True

Jerry A. Coyne

Briefly Noted

Reviews.

Evolution and Truth

This book has been hailed by some as a clear-eyed exposition of modern evolutionary biology. I found it strong on the science, and disappointingly weak on the intellectual discipline.

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Observations.

With liberty and justice for all

Is kneeling during the playing of the national anthem unpatriotic? I served my country, and honor those with whom I served and those who have fallen in service of our country. I also acknowledge those who have fallen at the hands of a police officer during a traffic stop. It is not an either/or proposition. Love of country for me includes looking critically at things that need to be changed.