Essay / Misc.

Archbishop Demetrios on Obama as Alexander the Great

March 25 is a significant day for many Greek Orthodox Christians, since on this date two big events are remembered, one which has universal significance for all of Christendom, and the other which more specifically has an impact on the Greek nation and people. On

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What's In a Name?

In an attempt to clarify the government’s detention authority over some 200+ current Guantanamo Bay detainees, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has distanced itself from the politically loaded term “enemy combatant.” Headlines on Friday (the 13th) trumpeted that the Obama administration had eliminated and

Essay / Culture

Playmobil Creator Hans Beck Dies

The weekend news carried the report of the death of Hans Beck, the man behind the Playmobil toys. Born May 6, 1929, Beck died on January 30, 2009. Left to my own lights, I would be a lifelong Lego nerd. But my kids have very

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Today is Felix Mendelssohn's Birthday

Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) was a musical wunderkind, a prodigy who was performing by age 9, composing symphonies by age 12, and publishing works by age 13. He was largely responsible for the revival of interest in Bach after decades of neglect, because it was his

Essay / Education

High Table: Luther

Our reading assignment: Martin Luther’s “Theses for the Heidelberg Disputation,” “Two Kinds of Righteousness,” and “The Freedom of the Christian” from Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings. Faculty training at the Torrey Honors Institute puts our pedagogy to the test. We call our semesterly training meetings

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Today Abraham Ibn Ezra Died (1164)

Abraham Ibn Ezra was a medieval Jewish commentator on the Old Testament. His commentaries are a bizarre combination of unconstrained creativity and extreme jot-and-tittle conservatism. He also wrote poetry and is highly regarded as a philosopher. His way of talking about any subject is often

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ASK

Each new year is unsullied. It is time and space that, to our knowledge, no humans have traversed or occupied. We make plans, set goals, and create resolutions for the 31,536,000 seconds (give or take a few seconds) that we believe must be better than

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Scriptorium's Greatest Hits 2008

Scriptorium Daily has been an active and successful web publication in 2008. We’ve added more bloggers to the team, and together we’ve posted with a regularity that almost justifies our name. Our hit counts, subscriptions, and e-mails suggest that lots of people are appreciating what

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Make Your Own Calvin Mask!

A student brought one of these to me after the PCUSA’s general assembly last summer, and I have been using it to frighten children ever since. But I didn’t realize until today that the Calvin cut-out mask was also available on the web so that

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The Magic Key of Playmobil

Playmobil makes great little cartoons of their toys in action. The english-language site is good, but true Playmobil fans know to keep an eye on the German site, playmobil.de, which is more up to date. The latest thing there is the Ancient Egypt line of

Essay / Culture

The God Question

I am delighted to have this opportunity to discuss my most recent book—The God Question. Let me explain a bit about why I am so passionate about it. In a way, it is my attempt to provide an alternative to the wave of books recently

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Popular Mechanics 1905

If you’re like me, you’re about 100 years behind the curve on understanding technology. Sure, you can make all the latest electronic doo-dads beep and hum and chug, but when you have to actually explain their functioning, you start sounding superstitious. “I touch the magic