"But wait," you may ask me, "Classical Education seems too good to be true. Surely there must be some side effects."
11 April 2014
21 March 2014
It is the deeds, the miracles, of God which constitute the confession of the Christian. What the Christian confesses in his creed is a long, a broad, and a high history. It is a history which comprises the whole world in its length and breadth, in its beginning, process, and end, in its origin, development, and destination, from the point of creation to the fulfillment of the ages. The confession of the church is a declaration of the mighty deeds of God.-from Our Reasonable Faith by Herman Bavinck
20 March 2014
...whatever falls away from goodness ceases to be; whence it comes to pass that the bad cease to be what they were, while only the outward aspect is left to show they have been men."-from The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius
17 March 2014
Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
11 March 2014
08 March 2014
|Egyptian Dream Book from the 13th century B.C.|
|The famine stela from Sehel Island|
|Signet Ring from the 18th Dynasty|
|An Egyptian Vizier|
|Mummy of Seti I|
c. 1290 - 1279 B.C.
06 March 2014
"The Psalter is the prayer book Jesus made his own. We can see in the Gospels and in the early church that Jesus and his first followers were soaked in the Psalms, using them to express how they understood what God was doing. For us to distance ourselves from the Psalms inevitably means distancing ourselves from Jesus." - N.T. Wright (source)
05 March 2014
Forasmuch as it hath pleased Almighty God of his great mercy to take unto himself the soul of our dear brother here departed, we therefore commit his body to the ground; earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust; in sure and certain hope of the Resurrection to eternal life, through our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall change our vile body, that it may be like unto his glorious body, according to the mighty working, whereby he is able to subdue all things to himself.
-Book of Common Prayer, 1662
28 February 2014
|Frederick II looking|
rather pleased with
"In the meantime an emissary had come from al-Kamil asking for
Frederick'shelp against his brother al-Mu’azzam, who he believed was trying to seize the Sultanate from him. Al-Kamil offered Frederickthe in exchange for his support. Holy City Frederickcould see the opportunity for a diplomatic coup and set out for his Kingdom in the East…
Frederickarrived at Acrehe found the situation had changed.
Al-Mu’azzam had died, and al-Kamil no longer needed his help.
Frederickhad to plead with al-Kamil: ‘I am your friend. It was you who urged me to make this trip. The Pope and all the kings of the West now know of my mission. If I return empty-handed I will lose much prestige. For pity’s sake give me , that I may hold my head high!’ Jerusalem
Al-Kamil had as little interest in the Holy War as
Frederick, but he was in an embarrassing position: ‘I too must take account of opinion. If I deliver to you it could lead not only to a condemnation of my actions by the Caliph, but also to a religious insurrection that would threaten my throne.’ It was intimated to Jerusalem Frederickthat the only way out of the situation was a show of force. If al-Kamil were forced to give up Jerusalemin order to avoid bloodshed, he might save face. And so, in November 1228, Frederickmarched at the head of his army of three thousand men and al-Kamil then went through a charade of negotiation.
18 February 1229, Jerusalemwas restored to the Franks, without a drop of blood being spilt. The deal was for ten years and included Bethlehemand some places between the and the coast…The Holy Sepulchre was in Christian hands once more." Holy City
-from Crusades by Terry Jones, pages 222-223
27 February 2014
When I saw Crusades at the library, I knew that I had to read it. I mean, seriously, a book about the Crusades from Terry Jones of Monty Python fame? I had already watched the Medieval Lives BBC documentary series from Terry Jones and loved the way it debunked common myths about the Middle Ages.
Now, given the author and the purpose of this book, originally written as a companion to an A&E series, I wasn't expecting a lot from this book other than a rollicking fun read. I was surprised then to find that it closely followed the primary sources for the Crusades and took account of some really good scholarship to boot. It was a fun read, but it was also a good, solid introduction to the Crusades, written with an eye to telling a good story. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a broad overview of this complicated period in history. The only negative thing about the books was Jones's persistent cynicism, but of course that's only to be expected.