‘On Words’ Archive

I’m Classical Protestant. What’s ‘Solidarity’? April 8, 2017 1 Comment

Since the age of 23, I have been a believing orthodox Protestant Christian.  I was recently reading the latest book by R. R. Reno, Resurrecting the Idea of a Christian Society.  This book seems in many ways to go deeper than the other recent wave of books – The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher, Out […]

Why I Am Not a ‘Caucasian’ July 27, 2015 No Comments

The term “Caucasian” for so-called white people, in reality people of Old World ancestry who are not Negroid or East Asian in appearance, comes from bizarre 19th century racial theories.  It in fact was coined by the German Christoph Meiners in 1785 [for comparison to “white people” see Wiki “White people” and Wiki “Non-Hispanic whites“].  There […]

Some Things People Can’t See or Understand Anymore July 14, 2015 1 Comment

In my last post I wrote about how the secular mind can no longer understand the difference between ‘forgiveness’ and ‘tolerance-acceptance-inclusion’.  Things like this are not a surprise; in 1Corinthians 2:14, Paul informs us that “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and […]

Sympathy versus Empathy September 9, 2014 No Comments

I think I have finally figured out the distinction between ‘sympathy’ and ’empathy’, and why we have two words. ‘Sympathy’ is a much older word, and has been in use for centuries; ’empathy’ is a fairly new one, becoming fashionable only in the last half of the 20th century.  No one, at least that I […]

God = Not Society and Not the Autonomous Individual April 16, 2013 No Comments

Conor Friedersdorf, fortunately declares that children do not belong to the ‘community’ or ‘society’.  Actually, they don’t really belong to their parents anyway; they belong to God, and their parents are temporary stewards of them.  While we cannot say it quite that way in the political sphere, I have pointed out in a previous post […]

The Changing Meanings of the Word ‘Passion’ May 14, 2011 1 Comment

The word ‘passion’ has gone through some fascinating gyrations in its meaning, at least in English. First, it is clearly related to the word ‘passive,’ which is the opposite of ‘active.’ And it originally refers to someone who receives action rather than someone who does action. Other words that are related are ‘patient,’ one who […]

The Political Meaning of ‘God’ May 12, 2011 3 Comments

I have never been a great advocate of ‘prayer in public schools’ except for voluntary Bible clubs and things of that sort. I was, in fact, going to a public school in 1962, when the decision was handed down, and there was nothing we were doing that we had to change at the time, I […]