Voting for Hillary under the Hamilton Rule

Some Never Trump conservatives are saying they will vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump.  Not that they like Clinton.  They are invoking what they call the “Hamilton Rule” from the founder who, in opposing fellow Federalist John Adams, said, “If we must have an enemy at the head of government, let it be one whom we can oppose, and for whom we are not responsible.”

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Untranslatable words

Adam was given the power to name things; that is, he, as well as human beings after him, could devise a word to signify some reality.  Thus we have language.  Learning a new word can make us aware of truths and feelings that we otherwise might have missed.

Some languages have words for things that others don’t.  These “untranslatable words” often name things that need naming.  For example, the Yiddish word “kvell” means ““to glow with pride and happiness at the success of others (often family members).'”  The Georgian word “shemomedjamo” means eating even though you are full because it tastes so good.  The German “Fernweh” means feeling homesick for a place you’ve never been to.  The German “Verschlimmbessern” means making something worse by trying to improve it.

We should start using some of these and thus bring them into English.  After the jump, links to these and lots more.


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A Lutheran exorcist

Harold Ristau is a pastor in the Lutheran Church of Canada (with which the LCMS is in fellowship).  And he is an exorcist, with extensive experience in casting out demons.

He has written a book on the subject, with an introduction by John Kleinig, the great Australian writer on Lutheran spirituality.  I’ve sampled Rev. Ristau’s book and found it scary, fascinating, and strangely encouraging. [Read more…]

Similarities & differences between libertarians and conservatives

In the course of an essay on the history and negative consequences of progressivism, Bradley J. Birzer discusses its two main opponents, conservatism and libertarianism.  He gives both what they agree on and what they disagree on.  See what he says after the jump.

Is libertarianism really a major opponent of progressivism, or is it rather, with its dismissal of traditional authorities, a particular manifestation of it?  If conservatism has a communal dimension, as opposed to libertarian individualism, does that put it closer to the corporate emphasis of progressivism?

But here is the big question, highly relevant to the current election:  Given the differences between these three ideologies, does it make sense for a conservative to vote libertarian against a progressive presidential candidate?  Or is the gulf between conservative and libertarian too wide for that?   [Read more…]

Supreme Court may have a solution for Obamacare mandate

The Supreme Court unanimously agreed to send the lawsuit from religious organizations objecting to the Obamacare contraceptive requirement back to a lower court.  Apparently, the justices think they have found a solution that would prevent the religious groups from feeling “complicit in sin” by notifying the government about their objections, so as to force their insurance companies to provide the coverage for free.  The solution seems to be (this hasn’t been made explicit) to have the employees, rather than the organization, ask for the coverage. [Read more…]

The Holy Spirit

Sunday was Pentecost, fifty days after Easter, commemorating the day that the Holy Spirit was given to the Church.  The Holy Spirit may be the most mysterious person of the Trinity–the revealer rather than the revealed; not the Savior, but the one who brings us to the Savior; not the prime object of faith, but the creator of faith.

After the jump, what we need to believe about the Holy Spirit, and what it means.   [Read more…]