Monday, March 4th 2024

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

I have noticed that some traditionalist Christians project-onto "Romantic Christianity" their own notion that it aspires to be some kind of denomination, or church, or - at least - is a would-be organization seeking "recruits".

Ah well... It does not seem to matter how often I or others make explicit what Romantic ...

Sunday, March 3rd 2024

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Literally incredible - but (apparently) authentic:

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Indeed, I have only seen one better war archer: Baahubali...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

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My wife and I "pay our respects" at the grave of JRR Tolkien's Aunt Grace on something like a weekly basis - and today is the 77th anniversary of her death on 3rd March 1947 - which date I contributed to Hammond and Scull's "Addenda and Corrigenda" to Tolkien's Companion and ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

I dreamed that I was going to hear a speech by Nibley Hugh. (This was clearly Hugh Nibley, the 20th-century Mormon intellectual, but in the dream everyone called him Nibley Hugh.) I was with a group of people I knew, including some family members, but no clearly defined individuals.

When we went into the building ...

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Saturday, March 2nd 2024

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Just a heads-up for those, like me, who loved the 2005-8 cartoon version of Avatar - rather surprisingly, the new live-action TV series series of the same story is excellent so far (despite being made by Netflix of 2024).

I've watched two episodes and am thoroughly enjoying it.

I also re-watched the first part of ...

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

At present, it seems that there are no primarily Christian nations in the world.

(With the probable exception of the Fire Nation - but none in The West)

Therefore - all nationalism is evil: as are all secular polities.

In other words, the only good nationalism is one that is secondary to Christianity. Which means ...

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Author iconSecret Fire
John Fitzgerald

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In Wales, they remembered the old ways. More than that, they rejoiced in them. Following Arthur’s death and the diminution of British rule across the land, the Romano-Britons migrated west to the mountains and valleys of Cymru – difficult terrain for the Angles and Saxons, still ...

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Friday, March 1st 2024

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

I am continually surprised at how few people seem to have noticed that the globalist totalitarian System - which, just about four years ago looked to be just a few steps away from its goal of population omni-surveillance and total-control - is much weaker and less complete now than it was at the height of the birdemic ...

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Author iconMeeting The Masters
William Wildblood

This is a follow up from a post of a few weeks ago. Obviously, emotions can get very heated in a discussion of this topic but I hope to remain objective. I don't think the current attitude that all religions are equally good or equally bad is a useful one. It may be well-meaning and an attempt to redress past ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

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What a delightful cover photo!

I review the recent but not-really-new edition of Tolkien's selected Letters over at my Notion Club Papers blog.

My conclusion is that the 2023 Letters is better than the 1981 Letters; yet disappointing, and a missed opportunity.

Thursday, February 29th 2024

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Another “strongly interpret the dot” thread on /x/. One of the first replies says, “It’s because of the Willy Wonka event, isn’t it?”

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Bruce Charlton

I suddenly had this thought in the bath. (...Where else?)

That there have always been "way-out"/ "crazy" theories and claims concerning the existence of "free energy" - unlimited energy for no thermodynamic "cost"; and also claims to have discovered or invented a "perpetual motion" machine.

And yet, my best ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

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I have long been a great lover of the German tradition in classical singing (including Austria and Switzerland), with Fritz Wunderlich being among the candidates for my favourite-ever singer, and Richard Tauber a more recent "discovery" (i.e I have only recently appreciated his genius).

Following ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

My last post, "Dinoco, here we come!" brought up the Al Jolson song "California, Here I Come," with its repeated line, "Open up that golden gate." At the same time, I have been reading Karen Russell's novel Swamplandia! about a family that owns a gator-wrestling theme park with 98 alligators, all of which are named ...

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

In his February 20 post "There's a hole in my bucket-face! AND Harry Marsh and the Sorcerer's Stone," William Wright devotes considerable space to Dinoco, a fictional company appearing in Pixar's Cars and Toy Story franchises. He includes images of two different versions of the Dinoco logo and, following his usual MO, ...

Wednesday, February 28th 2024

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Since Bruce started this, here's one more for him, followed by some other random offerings:

Dr. BruceHolds strong views:Big on Mormons,Not on Normans.

William James,Briefly, claims:"It will do"Means "It's true."

Publius Vergilius MaroWould have reacted with sorrowTo learn the price of fame:A persistently misspelt ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Francis BergerEats a sandwichWhen he gets hungryOver in Europe.

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

Dr. Bruce CharltonIsn’t as gnarled andRough as some readers infer —But only suppose that he were!

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Wm Jas Tychonievich

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All those other blue tint versions are second-rate and derivative. You're still the OG.

Tuesday, February 27th 2024

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

​Christians need to be much more wary than many are, of the danger of pride that results from a - primarily - this-worldly attitude - an attitude that places our-selves and human institutions as the priority; when the reality is that Christ's Kingdom is Not of this-world.

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

William James TychonievichOnce blogged on matters MormonishBut since his dreams achieved lucidityIt's 24/7 "synchronicity".

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Bruce Charlton

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H/T Meddlesome Art

Stimulated by reading Red Tree, White Tree by Wendy Berg, at the same time as JRR Tolkien's Letters, I present some reflections on the distinctions between elves and Men - and the potential ultimate unification of the human sub-species - over at The Notion Club Papers blog.

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

A very serious problem that I see emerging among Christians - in these testing times - is a deadly pride rooted in a division between Good versus evil people, and Good v evil institutions (by "institutions", I include churches; but also every form of organization, corporation and formal group).

As this totalitarian ...

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Monday, February 26th 2024

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Salvation is post-mortal: that is to say, the decision to accept Jesus Christ's offer of resurrection to eternal Heavenly life is made after our death.

(Of course we can decide positively to follow Jesus at any time during this mortal life, but then we can also change our mind at any time; and we change all the time ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

On January 4, William Wright introduced chameleons into the sync stream (the two of us have been in a largely shared sync stream for some months now, a situation which is really unprecedented for me) with his post "New Moons Shining and Karma Chameleons," the title referencing a James Taylor album and a Culture Club ...

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

I sometimes use the search function on other blogs that include them, but it never occurred to me that it might be a good idea to feature one on this blog.

Go figure.

Anyway, that has changed. I have added a search function on the blog for those interested in finding posts about particular keywords, phrases, or ...

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Way back in the olden days when this blog began, I used to harp on the subject of motivation, and that this was something very lacking among the great mass of people in this era of modern atheistic materialism.

So many (nearly all) of the plans and schemes for the betterment of individuals or mankind fall-down ...

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