Going Along: Closing This Topic Off: "First things first: The Old Believers were right. The historical studies inaugurated in Russia during the nineteenth century and—in some sense—“completed” in Paul Meyendorff’s Russia, Ritual, and Reform presents the reality that with respect to the criticisms of praxis forwarded by the Old Believers, they had more than ample ground to stand on. The three-finger Sign of the Cross became normative in the Byzantine East between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries; the Slavonic liturgical texts, though lacking in uniformity, represent older practices than those enshrined by the Greeks in their seventeenth-century printed texts; the orthographical alterations in Slavonic were, by and large, unnecessary and contributed nothing significant to the liturgical texts themselves"
Mere Theology: "The Company They Keep I have just finished reading The Company They Keep by Diana Pavlac Glyer. This is the definitive treatment to date of the literary group known as the Inklings--that group of writers and friends who gathered around C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien beginning in the 1920's and 30's in Oxford, England and continuing on, in some fashion, until Lewis's death in 1963. Glyer is professor of English at Azusa Pacific University in California, having received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Therefore, as one might expect, this is an academic book reflecting the highest level of scholarship. The chapter endnotes are a feast in and of themselves for every reader fascinated not only with the Inklings but every reader intrigued by the study of literary influence and how writers can positively effect one another and the world when they work together in community."
Defend Life: Updated: Evaluation of 2008 Presidential Candidates Against US Bishops' Criteria: "Here is how the candidates fared (revised 11/21): 1. Ron Paul (R): 99 points 2. Alan Keyes (R): 70 (not on the ballot in all states) 3. Mike Huckabee (R): 69 4. Duncan Hunter (R): 50 5. Tom Tancredo (R): 48 6. John McCain (R): 36 7. Chris Dodd (D): 25 8. Dennis Kucinich (D): 22 9. Mitt Romney (R): 10 10. Joe Biden (D): 5 11. Fred Thompson (R): 4 12. Hillary Clinton (D): (-11) 13. John Edwards (D): (-13) 14. Bill Richardson (D): (-15) 15. Barack Obama (D): (-15) 16. Rudy Giuliani (R): (-28) I"
Business Report - SA's richest 1% earn R300bn a year: "SA's richest 1% earn R300bn a year November 11, 2007 This is according to a research study published by the Bureau of Market Research (BMR) at the University of South Africa, which looked at an integrated model of the population, labour market and income and expenditure. There are 45 142 African people in the rich category and their combined income amounts to R22 billion. Of these, 8 201 are women. Whites still lead the ranks of the wealthy, with 229 076 of them earning R181 billion on an annual income of R500 000 a year each. "