Joan of Arc by G.K.Chesterton – The peasant warrior who surpasses Tolstoy and Nietzsche

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Arcade Fire says to Joan of Arc “…tell the boys their time is through” referring to the Medieval Church as the boys. She may be to Arcade Fire a sort of feminist icon, because of what she did.

G.K. Chesterton, in “Orthodoxy,” the autobiograhy of his amazing journey from atheism to the Christian faith, essentially says the same thing to Joan of Arc. Chesterton also seems to say for her to “tell the boys” named Tolstoy and Nietzsche that she was not stuck at the cross-roads as they were, but surpassed their frozen intellectualism with her action. Continue reading

“Straw Foot” by David Eugene Edwards – “It ain’t no sin boy, to be forgiven”

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I like this song because it is in a musical style I really like, has interesting lyrics, and because it is about the forgiveness of sin. Many of us have heard or read the late Christopher Hitchens promote his view that substitutionary redemption, on which Christian salvation is based, is “morally repugnant.” I don’t wish to present a critique of Hitchens here, or a defense of substitutionary redemption, although I have found a very excellent blog post that presents a fairly comprehensive response to Hitchens. My own purpose here is simply to share this great song by David Eugene Edwards, which includes the verse,
Tell me how it is that
You don't want what he's given
It ain't no sin boy
To be forgiven

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Bob Dylan’s “Political World” – On infidels, the politics of force, and General Clausewitz

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General Carl von Clausewitz 1780-1831

Bob Dylan, in the songs “Political World”  and “Sweetheart Like You,” and in an excerpt from “Chronicles Volume 1,” presents a fairly negative view of our political world. But I find his negative assessment to be difficult to argue with. Continue reading

“Night Train” by Bruce Cockburn

Lyrics:

Not a knife throw from here you can hear the night train passing
That’s the sound somebody makes when they’re getting away
Leaving next week’s hanging jury far behind them
Prisoner only of the choices they’ve made Continue reading