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My Eighth Anniversary As a Blogger   Leave a comment

Above:  Theta, the Eighth Letter of the Greek Alphabet

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Today is the eighth anniversary of SUNDRY THOUGHTS, my original weblog, from which I have spun off seven others.

I had little idea what I was doing on July 27, 2009.  My original post was the text (as an editor at the Athens Banner-Herald modified it) of a letter to the editor decrying the homophobia of U.S. Representative Paul Broun, Jr., and people like him.  That was a fine post, but I have deleted most of my earliest posts.  I hit upon the idea of blogging about saints, although I have deleted many of those early posts also.  Many were mostly cut-and-paste jobs; they were substandard.  Early original posts about saints also tended to be bad.  The slow and methodical renovation and expansion of my Ecumenical Calendar of Saints’ Days and Holy Days has progressed from posts for feast days beginning with January 1 to the end of April–about one-third of the way toward one goal–to get through December 31.

The project of renovating and expanding the Ecumenical Calendar will require much time.  That will not be a problem for me.  After I get to December 31 in that project, I will start again, reviewing what I have done and adding more saints as I deem proper.

Blogging has proven to be a useful hobby for me.  It has stabilized my Bible Study projects (keyed to lectionaries) and provided an outlet for self-expression.  I have frequently been at a loss for someone to whom to express certain thoughts I have considered worthy of sharing.  Either stating certain opinions to a particular person would be foolish or at least not helpful or that person would not be able, for a variety of reasons, to comprehend or relate to the content.  Yet, via blogging, I have been able to find an audience, albeit a relatively small one, as WordPress records statistics.  I have pursued what I like, not what is popular.  As Martin Luther probably did not say at the Diet of Worms,

Here I stand; I can do no other.

Maintaining a network of eight weblogs necessarily entails leaving some of them fallow at any given time.  I am preparing to leave SUNDRY THOUGHTS fallow for a little while, except for an occasional post, and return to BLOGA THEOLOGICA, the intended host of a series of 60 posts of the Book of Psalms.  The Psalter in The Book of Common Prayer (1979) divides the 150 Psalms according to a reading plan for 30 days, with distinct readings for the morning and the evening of each day.  That sounds like an invitation to write 60 weblog posts to me.  The next major project here at SUNDRY THOUGHTS is due to be the renovation and expansion of the May portion of the Ecumenical Calendar.

For now, however, the project of updating the April section of the Ecumenical Calendar is temporarily on hold while I add texts by the prolific hymn writer James Montgomery (1771-1854) to GATHERED PRAYERS ahead of creating the new Montgomery post, the last one of April this round.  I have a draft (dated July 23) of that profile sitting in a composition book.  Frequently, when I write about a hymn writer here at SUNDRY THOUGHTS, the updating of GATHERED PRAYERS becomes a related project, so that I link the two weblogs to each other.

Pax vobiscum!




Broun Misuses the Bible   2 comments

This is the text of a letter to the editor of the Athens Banner-Herald from May 2009:

As a liberal Christian I look with dismay upon homophobia, such as reflected in Congressman Paul Broun’s proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as between a man and a woman.

I do this for several reasons. First, federal, state, and local governments should expand, not contract, individual rights. Many of our Founding Fathers warned of the tyranny of the majority, or the majority denying rights to unpopular minorities.

Second, many of Broun’s arguments (Letters, “Broun defends amendment,” Thursday) eerily echo antebellum defenses of slavery, subsequent defenses of segregation, and pre-1967 defenses of anti-interracial marriage laws. People cited the Bible in all these efforts.

Third, I have become acquainted with homosexuals (mostly in church settings) over the years. These have been righteous people who deserve as much respect and as many legal rights as others.

Fourth, the greatest biblical commandment is to love.

Congressman Broun states his amendment is biblical because “the Bible is clear in its references to marriage and homosexuality.” The Bible, which I have read closely (in its Russian Orthodox expanded canon) states that homosexuals should face the death penalty (Leviticus 20:13). Like those who used Sacred Writ to defend the abominations of slavery and segregation, I could cherry-pick verses and passages such as Leviticus 20:13, but such an exercise misses the key points of the gospel of Jesus and perverts biblical interpretation.

As one who has read the Scriptures closely, I know of many of their internal inconsistencies, so I have become aware that the book is neither inerrant nor infallible.

Broun proceeds from an erroneous assumption, and arrives therefore at a false conclusion.

Kenneth Randolph Taylor

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Saturday, May 16, 2009

Posted July 27, 2009 by neatnik2009 in Political Statements

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