When Public Servants Were Barred from Being Priests

Such was the case in the late Roman Empire, by no less of a personage than Pope Siricius.  Writing to the bishops in North Africa, he gave eight reasons why a person should not be consecrated to the priesthood, saying that "if after the remission of sins (baptism) he (the candidate for the priesthood) takes …

A Letter from the Rector

I was looking through some papers and found a letter from an Episcopal rector with this: I did enjoy your letter and it just makes me that much more distressed that you left the Episcopal Church. Somehow, with your mind and keen feelings, we should have been able to hang on to you. We sorely …

Hillary's Hidden Obstacle in the Electorate

Voting at eighteen years of age has been the law in the U.S. for nearly a half century now.  But for those who are off to college, the same age bracket starts voting in other ways, and one of those are student evaluations of professors.  There is a great deal of argument about how much …

Some Thoughts on Bossuet's History of the Variations of the Protestant Churches

One of the things that some of the major Anglican blogs will throw out from time to time is the question of what their readers/commenters are reading on the side when they're not keeping up with the latest Anglican debacle (like the recent Primates' Meeting.)  Through the Christmas holidays, while waiting for some long runs …

My Thoughts on the Anglican Primates' Meeting

It's just about over, and the Primates meeting in Canterbury have made their official statement, such as it is.  Here are some observations: I've always felt that it was unrealistic to expect the current Archbishop of Canterbury to allow TEC and ACoC to get the boot.  In that context what happened, i.e., TEC being put …

The Places I Couldn't Teach

The flap over Wheaton's process to dismiss Larycia Hawkins from her position makes me stop and think about a few things, especially since I am beginning yet another semester of teaching Civil Engineering at UTC.  Lord willing, sometime this year I will complete my PhD pursuit.  It's been a long process, not without excitement; hopefully …

Evangelicals Having "Buyers Remorse" on Being Pro-Life?

Sure looks that way, at least for the organisers of Urbana15: In an op-ed published on Monday, Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life (SFL), revealed the Urbana15 team denied her group’s exhibitor application. SFL received an email from Urbana’s Exhibits Manager thanking the pro-life youth organization for applying, but denied their application because, "… …

Consistency, Convergence and Stability of Lax-Wendroff Scheme Applied to Convection Equation

The purpose of this project is to examine the Lax-Wendroff scheme to solve the convection (or one-way wave) equation and to determine its consistency, convergence and stability. Overview of Taylor Series Expansions The case examined utilized a Taylor Series expansion, so some explanation common to both is in order. The general expression for a Taylor …

The Ottoman Way of Dealing with the House of Saud

First, the "I told you so": I have been dealing with the Sunni-Shi'a divide since 2005, now everyone knows how important it is. Now for something different: this, from Andrew Wheatcroft's The Ottomans: Deep in the heart of Arabia, the desert warriors of the Wahabi sect, fanatical in hatred for the wickedness of the world, …

Why Evangelicals Don't Read Philo Judaeus

It's the New Year again, time to look at something substantive.  This topic may seem a little arcane, but rest assured there's a grenade with a pin waiting to be pulled. Evangelicals are generally suspicious of the whole concept of relating the Bible to the ancient world around it, except archaeologically.  But there are two …

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