The current “health care reform” farce is a case in point; most of the plans being discussed in Congress just now deal with the fact that half the American people can’t afford health insurance by forcing them to buy it anyway under penalty of law, funnelling tens of billions of dollars out of the pockets of struggling families – in the midst of a recession, no less – into the coffers of a health insurance industry that is already one of the most overfunded and corrupt institutions in American public life.


This is such a beautiful island and it gives me so much peace.

Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.


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Loved this, in e-mail from Tess: “It’s fascinating to see how theology has meandered through a maze of ‘not quite right’ solutions to the evidence God gives us about his character and our purpose. It resembles quite strongly the struggle physicists are currently having trying to find a unifying field theory of everything. Every solution they find that fits some of the data fails to explain something else, or even contradicts something else. Theology seems like water trying to find a path down a mountainside, sometimes carving channels, sometimes bouncing off rocks.”