Scottish Philosopher David Hume – Ideas Influencing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution

For twenty some years I recorded 10 volumes of Daily Notes that rehearsed events of the day.  Recently by happenstance my wife was perusing Vol. I.  Curiosity aroused I read the opened page and found this Daily Note:  “Did some banking and now plan to try t0 understand David’s Hume’s attack on rationalism and induction”  Continue reading “Scottish Philosopher David Hume – Ideas Influencing the Declaration of Independence and Constitution”

Battle of Antietam and Aftermath – Emancipation Proclamation and Shifting War Aims

Recently published is Michael Korda’s  historical biography –  Clouds of Glory:  The Life and Legend of Robert E. Lee.  The biography provides an admiring portrait 0f Lee.  Korda writes Lee’s “strengths  were his courage, his sense of duty, his religious belief , his military genius, his constant search to do the right, and his natural and instinctiveContinue reading “Battle of Antietam and Aftermath – Emancipation Proclamation and Shifting War Aims”

“THE PARTHENON ENIGMA” – The History of Historical Interpretations

An article in the New Yorker (4-14-14) drew my attention.  DEEP FRIEZE,  presented by Daniel Mendelsohn,  is a critique of another historian’s scholarship.  Since the Enlightenment, he notes, the Parthenon is interpreted as “designed to represent everything we have wanted both ancient Athens and our own liberal democracies to be:  the pure expression of  aContinue reading ““THE PARTHENON ENIGMA” – The History of Historical Interpretations”

THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS/HOLOCAUST: DON’T BLAME GOD

A scripture read at a recent service came from the prophet Malachi. His name means my messenger. Malachi warns (4: 1-2a) that the day of the Lord is coming. On that day evil will be destroyed like stubble in a fire, when “the sun of righteousness” will shine on those who fear God. Our MondayContinue reading “THE NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS/HOLOCAUST: DON’T BLAME GOD”

BIRMINGHAM 1963: CHURCH BOMBING MURDERS FOUR GIRLS

Fifty years ago the16th street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama was bombed killing four African-American girls, among them Denise McNair, 11. THE LUTHERAN (10/13) commemorates  this tragic event with an article:  Remembering BIRMINGHAM: Lutheran pastor was leader in the civil rights movement.  Joseph Ellwanger, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church “was teaching an adult Bible study andContinue reading “BIRMINGHAM 1963: CHURCH BOMBING MURDERS FOUR GIRLS”

“COLUMBIA” AS SYMBOL: VALUE NEXUS OF PRE-CIVIL WAR AMERICA

Symbols, other than in human form, reflect the values of an age.  McClung Fleming’s “Symbols of the United States:  From Indian Queen to Uncle Sam” is an illustration of the importance of Symbol as reflection of the values of an age. (Archives – Wintherthur Museum). Between the years 1755 to 1850 some of these symbols were usedContinue reading ““COLUMBIA” AS SYMBOL: VALUE NEXUS OF PRE-CIVIL WAR AMERICA”

ATHENIAN NAVY – BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY AND WESTERN CULTURAL HERITAGE

Recently the Concordia University Retirees Faculty Book Club discussed John R. Hale’s,  LORDS OF THE SEA:  The Epic Story of the Athenian Navy and the Birth of Democracy. Hale develops the thesis that Athenian naval power was fundamental transforming Athens and  creating a Golden Age of unparalleled achievement, 480 BC – 404 BC, an epoch also referred to asContinue reading “ATHENIAN NAVY – BIRTH OF DEMOCRACY AND WESTERN CULTURAL HERITAGE”

VISITING HO CHI MINH’S MAUSOLEUM AND ENVIRONS

As a member of a group of American academicians sponsored by the Council On International Educational Exchange Seminar we met with Vietnamese colleagues at Hanoi University and University of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).  Seminar theme:  VIETNAM”S HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES (January, 1993).  Journal entries provided information for a course I had been teaching for some years, namely,  VIETNAMContinue reading “VISITING HO CHI MINH’S MAUSOLEUM AND ENVIRONS”

REFLECTIONS: THE FUTURE OF RACE

Recently Reflections, the Yale Divinity School’s biannually published magazine of theological and ethical inquiry,  crossed my desk. The spring theme of 2013 Reflections is: The Future of Race.   Gregory Sterling, Dean of Yale Divinity School, writing From the Dean’s Desk, observes that the last election season “virtually ignored race as an issue. It is naïve to thinkContinue reading “REFLECTIONS: THE FUTURE OF RACE”

NAPOLEON’S WATERLOO – Military Miniatures

February 1, 2013 One of my Academy “lads” favored me with four photos of his erstwhile hobby displayed in his newly purchased display case military miniatures depicting Napoleon’s Waterloo.  Tim Utter, admission counselor at Concordia University, was an Academy student during the years I was an Academy instructor during the early and mid-sixties. Tim is a member ofContinue reading “NAPOLEON’S WATERLOO – Military Miniatures”