Category Archives: History

The Worse, the Better?

The Worse, the Better? In the 1930’s a political strategy known as “worsism” was in fashion.   Worsists believed that the worse, the better! This meant, the more desperate people became, the closer we got to the revolution that would bring … Continue reading

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What Kind of a Jew Was Jesus?

What Kind of a Jew Was Jesus? The other night this question kept me up half the night. I’m not concerned with his orthodoxy.  He allowed healing on the Sabbath and held that what you said could be more polluting … Continue reading

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The Ephrussis of Paris and Vienna

The Ephrussis of Paris and Vienna The book I’ve just finished reading had an impact on me greater than any book I can remember.  By impact, I don’t mean long-term influence on my heart or mind.  I mean something like … Continue reading

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Womanly Arts

Womanly Arts At the Eric Voegelin Society conference we attended this week in D.C., Jerry and I were on a panel entitled “Life as a Spiritual Journey.”  They went awfully well — both of our (totally different) presentations. For the … Continue reading

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The Return of the Well-Tailored Proto-Nazi

The Return of the Well-Tailored Proto-Nazi This is about my return encounter with the dapper gentleman who first surfaced last May, when I gave a talk at California’s Claremont School of Theology, based on a chapter from my book, A … Continue reading

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Book Matters

Book Matters  These are some of the books I’ve been reading lately – that I can recommend. A History of the American People by Paul Johnson. This book started out so fact-crammed and deadpan that I thought it would be … Continue reading

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The Family Laundry

A cousin just told me that the Israeli branch of the family is putting out a book that she has seen in advance of publication.  It’s about the immediate forebears of that branch, who are people of large consequence in … Continue reading

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