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“A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing” — A Few Desultory Examples

“A Little Learning Is A Dangerous Thing” — A Few Desultory Examples

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A little learning is a dangerous thing; Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian  spring : There shallow draughts intoxicate the  brain, And drinking largely sobers us again. -- Alexander Pope I cannot remember when I first fell in love with the English language, but subjectively, it seems like I could have fallen in love with it in utero. (My parents tell me I talked at an exceptionally young age, and both times I took the GRE, I blew the top of the scale off the language-skills section.) So it always irritates me to no end to look at the way people misuse and abuse the English language. (It also irritates me when people misuse foreign words that are imported into English, like the German Weltanschauung and Angst, but these are rants for another time.) Sometimes the frustration cro
Amazement at Being Amazed — Torture and the Bible

Amazement at Being Amazed — Torture and the Bible

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Back in April of 2009, the Pew Forum published the results of a survey The Religious Dimensions of the Torture Debate which attracted little more than passing interest at the time, but which has assumed additional significance in the wake of the publication of the so-called “torture report” under the auspices of Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The survey was updated in early May of 2009, and the updated version was published simultaneously with a cautionary note, The Torture Debate: A Closer Look , about possible reasons for the correlation of religious beliefs and attitudes toward torture. The latter publication wisely notes that, while religious beliefs may be decisive in determining attitudes toward torture, there is an equally strong possibility that both religious beliefs and attitudes toward