Random DoubleQuotes for later reference

[ by Charles Cameron — a resource, mostly for myself ] . I’ll use this post to drop in random DoubleQuotes I run across, for storage — so I won’t need to trouble you with every example I find, but they’ll all still here for your consideration should you choose — and for any future […] Read more »

Apocalpyse, not!

[ by Charles Cameron — in using the word apocalyptic to describe mundane (or zombied) disturbances such as Brexit, we lose sight of the beauty and mystery it conceals & reveals ] . In fact, not so much as a whiff of fresh napalm in the morning. Tim Furnish has been on a mini-crusade recently […] Read more »

Don’t hide your money in a hortus conclusus

[ by Charles Cameron — a criminal twist in Argentinian politics amid lofty considerations of convents, the Virgin Mary, and unicorns ] . The King James Version of the Bible, Song of Solomon 4:12, reads: A garden inclosed is my sister, my spouse; a spring shut up, a fountain sealed. In the Latin Vulgate, the […] Read more »

Sunday surprise: three entangled faiths

[ by Charles Cameron — two exhibits linking the Abrahamic faiths ] . For disciplinary as well as doctrinal purposes, the three Abrahamic faiths — Judaism, Christianity, Islam — are generally thought of separately — a separation which the two exhibitions this post revolves around are intended to bring into question. ** One: Of gods […] Read more »

Plus ça change..

[ by Charles Cameron — iconoclasm ancient & modern ] . ** Ancient: Eamonn Duffy‘s “prize-winning account of the pre-Reformation church recreates lay people’s experience of religion in fifteenth-century England. Eamon Duffy shows that late medieval Catholicism was neither decadent nor decayed, but was a strong and vigorous tradition, and that the Reformation represented a […] Read more »

Strategy at the speed of stupid

[by Lynn C. Rees] Warren Buffett claims for his master, champion investor Benjamin Graham, this observation: “In the short-run, the market is a voting machine […] but in the long-run, the market is a weighing machine.” The Graham school of investing teaches focus on the weighing machine. Its students heed the call of the voting machine only when it gets them […] Read more »

Form is Insight: parliamentarian scuffle, photographer’s eye

[ by Charles Cameron -- insight -- from the artistic eye via the ayat of the Qur'an and poetic and scientific "readings" to the craft of intelligence analysis ] . You might think this was an image taken from some art book by EH Gombrich — Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of [...] Read more »

On ecumenical destruction

[ by Charles Cameron -- Kosovo I know little about, Timbuktu I've heard praised, Bamiyan I've visited ] . Synagogue: Before the conflict, the synagogue held thousands of religious and cultural treasures, including hundreds-years-old Torah scrolls, historical texts, precious dining ware, and ancient Judaica of all sorts. Some of the items were reportedly looted in [...] Read more »

Religion in [and wrt] the Crimea — a tad more

[ by Charles Cameron -- is anyone taking religion seriously yet? ] . ** Amir Taheri isn’t the most reliable source I can think of — but his piece today on Asharq al-Awsat, The Black Madonna and the Russian Problem, certainly began with a whiff of holy smoke — in this case mixed incense and [...] Read more »

On the history of the selfie

[ by Charles Cameron -- on self representation, avatars, and what we may be missing ] . ** Where to begin? The Washington Post doesn’t like selfies much, according to Galen Guengerich in the Religion, yes, the Religion section — in a post titled ‘Selfie’ culture promotes a degraded worldview he writes: The 2013 word [...] Read more »