Happy 4th of July

This is just to wish all the American readers of this blog a happy 4th July. I hope you have a great day, and enjoy the celebrations.

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9 Responses to “Happy 4th of July”

  1. Murray66 Says:

    Thanks Beast. I was thinking about everybody from GSUK over the weekend and it got me thinking. With your knowledge of history and skill for writing books on it, have you ever done historical fiction? I thought it would be interesting to do a book based on the British colonies not gaining independence. You would still have us and India and Hong Kong, etc. How different would that world be? I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts.

  2. feyd Says:

    Id buy that book Murray!
    Beast, would be interesting to hear your analyses of the Pope’s third encyclical. Its even helping to set the agenda at the G8 summit kicking off in Italy today. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cc9150d0-6af4-11de-861d-00144feabdc0.html

  3. Wakefield Tolbert Says:

    Hi BR.

    I haven’t forgotten about the other posts.

    I will get back, but still trying to figure out HOW to put the questions and observations down. Writing is not my strong suit.
    Nor am I a theologian or an historian of either the Church or science, but I do have some things nagging at me.

  4. Wakefield Says:

    PS–you most likely WILL find some of these comments and queries VERY interesting, especially as you seem to specialize in the history of Christianity about as much as the current events and controversies!

  5. Wakefield Tolbert Says:

    Also, BR.

    If you use email, send me an email at swtolbert@bellsouth.net

    Some of my questions and comments I wanted to run by you are of a lengthy and personal nature regarding some issues on faith, and probably would not interest most of your readers, nor should they.

  6. beastrabban Says:

    Hi Murray, Feyd and Wakefield – thanks for your comments. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting recently, as I’ve been busy with a few things. I’m afraid I haven’t written a historical novel, Murray, but it’d be interesting to write one. I know a number of people, including professional historians, who’ve said that sometimes a work of fiction has been more effective in recreating a particular period in history than a straightforward, factual account. As for the issue of what the British Empire would have been like if the American colonies had not seceded, that’s an interesting one. The world would be very different indeed. I’d like to deal with that in separate blog post, if that’s all right, as there were indeed plans put forward by Edmund Burke intended to satisfy the demands of the colonists for political representation, which, had they been followed, would have radically transformed the entire British Empire.

    Thanks for informing me of the latest papal encyclical, Feyd, and the link – it’s been interesting reading. Again, I’d like to discuss this in another blog post, if that’s possible.

    Wakefield – I’m sure I’ll find your comments and queries really interesting. As for writing not being your strong suit, I had wondered if you were a political journalist because of the depth of the handling of the political and religious issues you discuss on your blog.

  7. Wakefield Tolbert Says:

    Thanks, BR.

    I appreciate that but fully acknowledge that many if not most people find that I don’t complete the sentences structures adequatelyl, have horrid spelling, and tend to a “stream of consciousness” length of postings.

    One lawyer/civil rights attorny from Texas said told me that I am incapable of coherent English sentences and another asked if I hailed from some native language other than English and am having difficulty in the translation, etc.

    In fact, on my own blog I posted one of the commentators (and there are many from which to choose, who said “you are incapable of anything but turgid babble, occasionally leavened with a “humor” so arch there are gargoyles mounted on top”–though this might refer to my comments to him over on a site called Balloon Juice, which is known as ultra-liberal.
    In the presence of unfriendly witnesses and in trying to defend the often raw humor of Mark Steyn, one supposes that trouble is part of the landscape and to be expected.

    In any case, that’s what I’m trying to polish up lately.

    As for my occupation–I have a background in political science but never did the usual things that accompany this degree such as law or office or education. I opted for the sure thing in business services, specifically real estate appraisal!

    Will get back later.

  8. Wakefield Tolbert Says:

    PS–my site has SOME categories for religious and faith issues–though I DO need to do more. But time is the enemy of that kind of writing, and as you know you REALLY have to be careful of context. My background in politics and some science technicalities is actually far better than for religion. My knowledge of Scripture and context of passages is VERY limited. Thus for example I’m a piker compared to guys like you or JP Holding, who knows things right down to the common arguments over very specific passages and most all the current controversies..

  9. beastrabban Says:

    Hi Wakefield – thanks for these replies. You’ve got your own distinctive style of writing, that’s for sure, but I thought it was all right. I thought that you were merely influenced by the lengthy, patricians style of prose and dry humour of some of the great 19th century political theorists. As for spelling mistakes, they can be found in a lot of things people write, not just on the Net, and certainly not just in your blog. I don’t think you make any more than some other people. I think that part of the problem with spelling mistakes on the Net generally is that people are usually writing as they think, in response to an immediate question or issue. Also, they’re usually doing it in their spare time, and so don’t have the time to go over what they said to check every detail.

    As for myself, I did history at College, with Religious Studies as my minor subject, though I’ve learned a lot since from J.P. Holding’s really great Tekton site and from Bede over at Bede’s Library and his Quodlibeta blog.

    I think you may have made the right choice going in for real estate appraisal, rather than law, office or education. In Britain, legal training requires a lot of hard work, but I gather that positions in chambers are limited, so it’s not always easy to get a job after graduating. As for politics, despite the current low perception of politicians, I also have the impression that most of them work very hard. A little while ago the British Financial Times stated that British MPs could work 70 hour weeks. I don’t know what it’s like in America in Congress and the Senate or the state legislatures, but I imagine it’s pretty similar there. Also, I would imagine it’s a very insecure job. If you’re a politicians, you’re only in office as long as people are prepared to vote for you. It’s why many MPs are unhappy with recent government attempts to prevent them having second careers. They want to have something to fall back on should they lose an election.

    Anyway, I hope you’re going on all right, and look forward to getting those questions. 🙂

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