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KJV: keeping the idiom of poetic archaism

The war against the English language. One of the great signs of disintegration of the language has been the devolution of the Bible. In the early 1960′s the New testament section of the New English Bible appeared, which was the … Continue reading

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those heretics: searching for the kingdom of saints

Mysticism, whether heretical or not, is often the refuge of defeated radicalism.Messianist German Anabaptists would become pacifist, mystical Mennonites, and the messianic English “Fifth Monarchy Men” would become pacifist, mystical Quakers. The wild millenarians, The Seers; there is no shortage … Continue reading

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free choice: and there was one not three?

Goethe was enchanted by Gottfried Arnold’s “The Impartial History of the Church and the Heretics,” writing, ” that every man in the end came to have his own religion, and now it seemed to me the most natural thing in … Continue reading

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into the heartland of heresy: religion as a private matter

Heresies. Recurrent ideas which break through the continually sealed crust of orthodoxy because they contain an important truth or an irrepressible human aspiration. And they don’t seem limited to one religion. In fact, monotheism seems to reinforce their appearances… The … Continue reading

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black plague & neurotic gloom: no belief no deny

Skepticism and timorous uncertainty marked the second half of the fourteenth century.The generation that survived the plague could not believe, but did not dare deny. It groped toward the future, with one nervous eye always peering over its shoulder toward … Continue reading

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Heresy on the Guest list: too darn hot

Heresy has always had many faces. The classic division has always followed the Voltaire pattern of speaking¬† truth to power in order to be absorbed within the establishment, and accept the sacraments. Heresy has traditionally been seen as four faced: … Continue reading

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