Πολιτεία του Πλάτωνα [Plato’s Republic]

THURSDAYΠολιτείαWith this post I am plunging into Plato’s (c. 424-c. 347 B.C.) classic, The Republic (c. 380 B.C.), the Greek name of which is Πολιτεία (Politeia), a word which generally refers to those things pertaining to citizenship or government, but in Plato focuses more on “civil polity, the condition or constitution of a state,” or “a form of government” (from the Liddel-Scott-Jones [LSJ] intermediate lexicon, H.G. Liddell, R. Scott, H.S. Jones and R. McKenzie, eds., An Intermediate Greek-English Lexicon, [Oxford, England, UK: At The Clarendon Press, 2001], 654). In Greek, Plato’s title is understood simply as “The State.” Continue reading

Toward a Theology of Addiction

Welch-Edward-Addictions-150x250pxWEDNESDAYNormally books on addiction fall under the heading of psychology, medicine, or (most often) the ever-popular “self help.” The first word in that last category aptly summarizes the predominant focus and foundational value of the addiction literature genre, which has little if anything in common with any worldview that one might derive from Scripture.  Continue reading

Greek Alphabet PowerPoint Flash Cards

Greek Alphabet Flash Cards 200x150MONDAYI am a firm believer in the usefulness of flash cards for learning a new language—and not only for help in memorizing vocabulary but for points of grammar and other related topics, including the language’s alphabet, if it differs from ours.

I personally did not have much trouble memorizing the Greek and Hebrew alphabets, but I sympathize with those who do. Continue reading

North vs. South: Does It Matter?


north-and-south-galatia-100x100pxSUNDAY The assortment of questions that tend to congregate under the heading of “biblical introduction” impinge upon an issue that most Bible-believing Christians consider rather crucial: “Are these writings authentic?”

Is Moses actually the author of the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible)? Did the Apostle Paul really write the Pastoral Epistles (1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, and Titus)? Did Peter really write 2 Peter (or 1 Peter, for that matter)?
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The Watergate Scandal: A Selective Timeline

This Sunday, June 17, 2012, will be the 40th anniversary of the bungled break-in of the Democratic National Committee’s headquarters at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. The ensuing cover-up, prosecutions, and more than two-year-long scandal resulted in the first (and so far only) resignation of an American president.

I put together the following video and uploaded it to both my YouTube and Vimeo accounts. The Vimeo account has the advantage of being ad-free (the YouTube ad inconveniently appears right over my captions, unless you manually close it). And if you go directly to the video on Vimeo, you can watch it in full-screen high definition.