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The website is overall dedicated to countering Empire and all its brutal, greedy and horribly destructive ways.
In this historical moment that supreme manifestation of Empire is the United States – to which the entire Western world is tied in various supportive ways; under which domination the rest of the world suffers: in the Greater Middle East for instance, which suffers brutal will to domination and oppression at the hands of American Empire.
A paper that I wrote years ago, Christianity and the Subversion of Just About Everything!, in relation to this, with an introduction and excerpt, may be accessed here. I explain in introducing it that today were I writing the paper, the overall positing of “Just About Everything!” would mean Empire.
The Judeo-Christian Story is nothing if not one long Counter-Narrative to Empire! Below are a few links that show that, also mentioned on the page introducing the paper above. Amen! Maranatha! (Come, O Lord).
“Come Out My People!”: God’s Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond
Paul and Empire
Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times
Christ and the Emperor
God, Neighbor, Empire
Photo of the year (2017):
(If only it were a laughing matter!) For much more on the utter tragedy that Emperor Trump is for the planet, please search my Blog: and act and pray, pray and act.
I’ve been writing on Restorative Justice since 1974. Back then, only a handful even knew of the term “Restorative Justice”… Most links here are to eclectic sources of personal interest. Some are to publications, such as the Mennonite Central Committee’s “Occasional Papers” series, some of the earliest writings on Restorative Justice.
Most reviews were composed by me. I try to put “clickables” to much of the resource material I mention, both on the website page and within the Review. There is also a story-telling introduction to each Book Review on the website page, besides the Review itself, which is downloadable in pdf format. There is a drop-down menu that lists all Book Reviews in alphabetical order.
I keep uploading more!
As blogs go, there are some miscellaneous whimsy and musings by me. There are also, beginning in 2016, many articles that I pick and choose from many sources, on many themes; many turning on the worldwide phenomenon of American Empire. I try to put “clickables” to much of the resource material I mention, again, both on the website page, and within the article. There is often a story-telling introduction to the Blogs on the website page, besides the entry itself, which is downloadable in pdf format, or accessible online. There is also a list in Sitemap of all items.
Robert Burns presents something below in the two excerpted verses about a “muse”, and hence “musings”… He seems to capture how I mostly feel drawn to write.
Epistle To J. Lapraik
– Robbie Burns
I am nae poet, in a sense;
But just a rhymer like by chance,
An’ hae to learning nae pretence;
Yet, what the matter?
Whene’er my muse does on me glance,
I jingle at her.
Gie me ae spark o’ nature’s fire,
That’s a’ the learning I desire;
Then tho’ I drudge thro’ dub an’ mire
At pleugh or cart,
My muse, tho’ hamely in attire,
May touch the heart.
Another great piece by Robbie Burns with too-true wisdom is To a Mouse with its bitter lesson:
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft agley,
An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain
For promis’d joy..
To these twists of Fate, Saint Paul said in Romans: “And hope does not disappoint…” Hope in Ancient Greece was a Trickster. Not so this hope… But never straightforward either.
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