Soils in Construction, Now at Waveland

It’s official: the construction management textbook Soils in Construction, Fifth Edition by W.L. Schroeder, S.E. Dickenson and D.C. Warrington is now at Waveland Press. As someone who has dealt with contractors for his entire working career, I know that an understanding of the essentials of soil mechanics and foundations is crucial for successful–and profitable–completion of […] …

Some Lessons for Pentecostals from the "Recent Anglican War"

Those of you who are regular followers know that I have followed/participated in what I call the "Anglican Revolt," a term which comes from a North American perspective.  Brewing for years, in 2003 it was detonated in full force by the ordination of V. Gene Robinson, an openly gay man who subsequently went into and …

The Creation of Men and Angels: Last singularity of the creation of man in his immortality

This is one in a series from Bossuet’s Elevations on the Mysteries. The previous post is here. More information on the Bossuet Project is here. We no longer count the admirable singularities of the creation of man, so great are the number. But the last is immortality. O God, what a marvel! All the animals …

Is It Necessary for a Roman Catholic to Agree With Everything the Church Teaches?

One thing that comes up for those of us who "swim the Tiber" is the idea that anyone who becomes a Roman Catholic must agree with "everything" that the Church teaches.  This issue came up when Greg Griffith stunned the Anglican blogosphere with his conversion.   "Does he really agree with all that?" people asked. The …

The Creation of Men and Angels: On the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and on the tree of life

One can understand that God had produced from the earth every tree beautiful to see and agreeable to taste; And in the midst of paradise he also set the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God could annex to plants certain natural virtues in relation to our bodies. …

The Creation of Men and Angels: God gives man a commandment and warns him of his free will and all of his subjection

This is one in a series from Bossuet’s Elevations on the Mysteries. The previous post is here. More information on the Bossuet Project is here. You will eat of all the fruits of heaven, but you will not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; for in the day you eat …

Knowing the Facts and How You Look at the Facts Isn't the Same, @crampell

Washington Post columnist and fellow Palm Beach Day Academy alum Catherine Rampell hits on the "facts" during her hometown address: Rampell, who focuses on data-driven journalism, said she is worried about Trump’s stance on federal agencies such as the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Bureau of Economic Analysis. She said his attitude toward …

The Creation of Men and Angels: The creation of the second sex

This is one in a series from Bossuet’s Elevations on the Mysteries. The previous post is here. More information on the Bossuet Project is here. In producing the other animals, God created the two sexes together; And the formation of the second is a singularity of the creation of man. How useful it was for …

The Perils of Repealing the Johnson Amendment

One of Donald Trump's promises to the Evangelical community--and one which he's gotten much enthusiasm about in return--is his promise to repeal the so-called "Johnson Amendment," the provision in the tax code which prohibits 503(c)3 tax-exempt organisations--and that includes churches--from explicitly endorsing candidates for public office.  I say "explicitly" because churches on both sides of …

The Creation of Men and Angels: God puts man in paradise, and led to him all of the animals to name them

This is one in a series from Bossuet’s Elevations on the Mysteries. The previous post is here. More information on the Bossuet Project is here. After forming man, God begins to make him feel what he is in the world by two memorable circumstances. One, he planted with his own hand a delicious garden called …

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