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by solicitr
Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:02 pm
Forum: The Middle-earth 1200
Topic: The Middle-earth 1200
Replies: 271
Views: 249192

Well, Dan, I would consider as one "person" (whether a 'character' or not) Tolkien the living Oxford don and his slightly fictionalized self whenever his presence is explicit like the Narrator of The Hobbit or the Historian of the LR Prologue, or implicit, as the "translator" of ...
by solicitr
Tue Apr 20, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

Self-castration had long been viewed with horror in both Hebrew and Roman societies, since it was associated with the bloody and orgiastic cult of Tammuz/Adonis; under Roman law it was punishable by death, and the Jews cast out any man who did so. Of course, the practice of maintaining eunuchs as co...
by solicitr
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: The Middle-earth 1200
Topic: The Middle-earth 1200
Replies: 271
Views: 249192

"“Translator’s note: The histories are here given in English of this day, translated from the version of Eriol of Leithien"


Wouldn't the 'translator' be Tolkien himself?
by solicitr
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:45 pm
Forum: Welcome to Our Messageboard! COME HERE FIRST
Topic: The Middle-earth 1200
Replies: 268
Views: 36939

"“Translator’s note: The histories are here given in English of this day, translated from the version of Eriol of Leithien"


Wouldn't the 'translator' be Tolkien himself?
by solicitr
Tue Apr 20, 2010 2:40 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

It's a man thing?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magdalene_ ... Revelation



It should be pointed out that, in the US at least, the declining number of priests has resulted in diocesan staffs increasingly comprising nuns and laywomen; bishop's offices are hardly boy's clubs any more.
by solicitr
Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:36 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

Maureen Dowd's op-ed in the New York Times this morning, about the scandal, women, and the Catholic church, is the sharpest and most powerful piece of writing I've read from her in years Yopu think so, Prim? Really? I'm disappointed in you. Her comparison of Catholicism to Wahabist Islam and its tr...
by solicitr
Sun Apr 18, 2010 11:31 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

He seems to be speaking as an individual, though, and not as a spokesperson for the RCC.
Since he's retired, that's a given. A revolting opinion.
by solicitr
Wed Apr 07, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: 6 Best Shenanigans Passed Off As "Art"
Replies: 8
Views: 6840

I agree, Yovargas: the last guy is getting rich off fraud. The poo and pee stuff is silly, and I wouldn't object to silly but for the fact that my tax dollars went to support it.
by solicitr
Wed Apr 07, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: The Library of Rivendell
Topic: 6 Best Shenanigans Passed Off As "Art"
Replies: 8
Views: 6840

What I find funniest is 500 'art scholars' soberly pronouncing DuChamp's 'Fountain' to be the mosts significant work of the 20th-century- blissfully clueless, apparently, that DuChamp was snarkily sending up 'sober art scholars!' I've long thought that if anyone were to write a new book on this stuf...
by solicitr
Tue Apr 06, 2010 5:31 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: An atheist pastor
Replies: 63
Views: 31632

"Of course it's art! It's sitting on a plinth, isn't it?"

--Germaine Greer
by solicitr
Tue Apr 06, 2010 2:10 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: An atheist pastor
Replies: 63
Views: 31632

I'm with Lord M here. I wouldn't be troubled in the least if this 'pastor' led a Unitarian congregation or some New Age group or what have you. My problem is that he is in charge of what calls itself, specifically a Christian church, part of the Dutch Reformed (Calvinist) faith. To go back to the fo...
by solicitr
Mon Apr 05, 2010 5:57 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: An atheist pastor
Replies: 63
Views: 31632

I don't have any problem with this fellow believing, and preaching, whatever he chooses. I think however that if I were a parishioner of what purports to be a Dutch Reformed church, I would be rather upset at the chap drawing a salary for what he is not.
by solicitr
Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:14 pm
Forum: The Shibboleth of Fëanor
Topic: The Humanity Of Sam
Replies: 198
Views: 125451

The thing is, the reason I back out, is, I find myself (inevitably) wondering what on earth Sauron and the Mouth of Sauron and the Orcs and Saruman and all the rest were going to do with Middle Earth once they had it. I doubt they had a particular idea- well, maybe Sauron did. Power or the lust for...
by solicitr
Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:10 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

Painful memories of the strained relations between the two religions were raised earlier in Benedict's papacy, when he favored a revival of the pre-Vatican Council version of the Tridentine Mass, which includes a prayer for the conversion of Jews. And even that is inaccurate- why can't reporters ge...
by solicitr
Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

it should be left to the victims to decide whether to pursue remedies through the criminal justice system
I wouldn't even agree with that. The cases should be pursued through the criminal justice system, period.
by solicitr
Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

As an outsider (or a once-insider), I have often wondered whether the Church's view of the fixed-nature of doctrine is something like our secular notion of stare decisis, which as you know provides that our legal decisions are final/precedential/binding ... unless they are not. No, they're more lik...
by solicitr
Sat Apr 03, 2010 7:21 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

Whatever Jesus might or might not think about the wealth, power, gilt and purple trappings of the RCC, he would surely be appalled to hear that any man professing to follow his teachings would harm a child. I don't think you're seriously trying to imply that the Church teaches that child molestatio...
by solicitr
Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:33 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

vison, you seem to misunderstand the fundamental nature of Catholicism: doctrine isn't subject to change . It's not a question of getting in tune with popular opinion, or 'welcoming new ideas' where it comes to matters of faith and morals. Sure, the outward trappings can and do change, like Mass in ...
by solicitr
Sat Apr 03, 2010 5:07 pm
Forum: Tol Eressëa
Topic: The Pope's Apology. Does it go far enough?
Replies: 282
Views: 115134

What if, instead of defrocking those priests, he had welcomed their ideas? Welcome the ideas of priests who preach violent Marxist revolution? Not. Gonna. Happen. Married clergy is a possibility. Women priests? Not so likely; it would require a change in dogma, which is (theoretically) unchangeable...