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Greetings, my fellow port swillers and Happy Easter to all of you (He is Risen, Indeed!), especially you Easter-Worshippers out there!  (Talk about obtuseness in avoiding yucky names.  How the heck do you worship Easter, anyway?  And is the Bunny its Prophet?)

Well, what a Holy Week, eh?  Bookended by the Notre Dame fire and the Sri Lanka terror bombings.  I ran into longtime friend of the decanter NOVA Curmudgeon Sunday morning and remarked that I wasn’t sure whether it was a good or a bad thing that I chose to give up posting during the period.

Anyhoo, I’m back at my laptop, although not yet quite back in the saddle.  (Also, my dins is just about ready.) So to get things rolling here again, just two quick observations:

As to Notre Dame, the only reason I’ve come to think it might not have been terrorist arson is that nobody has come forward with a legitimate claim yet.  It’s certainly not because the French government and the press have denied such cause.  As for the future? No, I don’t think the place will be converted into a “community center” or a mosque.  In fact part of me, the foolish dreamer maybe, still holds out hope that this horrid disaster actually will spur something of a Revival in France.  Hey, a fellah can dream, can’t he?

As mentioned in the post below, after watching the movie “The Case for Christ”, which I found Hallmark-y and not very satisfying, I went and got Lee Strobel’s book on which it was based.  Much more along the lines of what I’d been looking for in the first place: A straight-forward, lucid account of his methodical working through the various forms of evidence to establish the claims concerning the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.  It seems it would be a very good read especially for someone just starting out with no more knowledge than what they can glean from popular (and hostile) culture.   I only have two gripes with the book.  First, Sobel has the bad habit of batting around adjectives like “prestigious”, “well-respected”, “expert”, and the like, which I don’t care for.  Second, he refers numerous times to James, the “brother” of Jesus.  I’m sorry, but I just don’t accept that.  There are arguments against it based on textual translation and Gospel narrative, but to me the clincher is this:  God (in the person of the Holy Ghost) and Mary simply did not have a one-night stand.  That might be good enough for Zeus and the various mortal women on whom he fathered all those bastard demi-gods, but it’s not good enough for Him or for Her.  So there.

I’ll have more to say about things in general as I get back into the swing of them.





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