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    just a footnote: Sinai is obviously the plural...

    just a footnote: Sinai is obviously the plural of sinus; but let the reverse be true also, then sinus is both the plural and singular of Sinai and vice or worser, and infinitely or reflexively...
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    What do we know about Holmes' father? Anything? ...

    What do we know about Holmes' father? Anything? We know a lot about brother Mycroft, and that his mother was an artist, but otherwise, do we know anything about his family? So, assume his father...
  3. Thread: Hell.

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    Britain's problem is that it has lost a layer of...

    Britain's problem is that it has lost a layer of discrimination (or maybe hypocrisy) that is essential to the democratic function. "Everyone" has always assumed that politicians at all levels are...
  4. Thread: Hell.

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    "I've been wondering what that special place in...

    "I've been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely."
    Hardly an arrogant comment, and one that...
  5. Eothen by Kinglake.

    Eothen by Kinglake.
  6. Thread: Salvation

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    "The only one I care about is salvation from...

    "The only one I care about is salvation from myself and …"
    I am sure that is only a fraction of what you care about, given that you proclaim yourself to be on a trading mission. If, however, it...
  7. Thread: Salvation

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    No need to get fussed - maybe a more acceptable...

    No need to get fussed - maybe a more acceptable phrase might be "it is in our nature to sin." The idea of Jesus as Saviour balancing Adam as Sinner simply means that while it is in our nature to sin...
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    Act 1, scene 4 - "MACBETH The service and the...

    Act 1, scene 4 -
    "MACBETH
    The service and the loyalty I owe,
    In doing it, pays itself. Your highness' part
    Is to receive our duties; and our duties
    Are to your throne and state children and...
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    I've a better than average knowledge of...

    I've a better than average knowledge of Shakespeare's historical background, and I'm not totally ignorant of Macbeth's. Feel free to enlighten me further.

    James VI of Scotland & I of England had...
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    Everyone makes cultural assumptions, but...

    Everyone makes cultural assumptions, but Shakespeare was perfectly able and willing to challenge the assumptions of his own culture, (Shylock's great speech in "Merchant of Venice" being, perhaps,...
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    Surely oral self-circumcision would imply a...

    Surely oral self-circumcision would imply a devotion to the semi-divine Achilles. What might that mean in an ananthropic world?
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    "What you seem to be describing is an alternate...

    "What you seem to be describing is an alternate view in which the Gospel of Thomas was produced by extracting Jesus' sayings from the Canonical Gospels and interpreting the sayings in a gnosticizing...
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    "conundrums do not imply salvation only for the...

    "conundrums do not imply salvation only for the knowing few."

    True enough, and there are many reasons why historical sayings might have been obscure to their original hearers and even more so to...
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    "It was one of the original series of writings...

    "It was one of the original series of writings that the early emerging Church chose to reject."

    "Chose to reject" may be too strong a phrase. "Chose not to include as essential" would be more...
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    Where's Lokasenna? He could probably give a...

    Where's Lokasenna? He could probably give a comprehensive explanation of the relationships between 10th century West Saxon and modern Icelandic.
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    "What is the Exeter Book?" The Exeter Book is...

    "What is the Exeter Book?"

    The Exeter Book is a manuscript book dating from 10th or early 11th century held in the library of Exeter Cathedral, Devon, England.
    It is quite possibly the most...
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    It is clearly a derivation from Anglo-Saxon...

    It is clearly a derivation from Anglo-Saxon poetry. Compare it with this bit of "The Wanderer" from the Exeter Book - see the repeated "where...where...where?" and look out for eorl and theoden.
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    but, after the ball is over, what then, huh?

    but, after the ball is over, what then, huh?
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    Start with 2 x B / w metres, if B is the breaking...

    Start with 2 x B / w metres, if B is the breaking strain of the string and w is the weight per metre. That's just a first thought, but I've no doubt that some Newton will give a much better answer.
  20. There is a famous Anglo-Saxon poem of that name...

    There is a famous Anglo-Saxon poem of that name (also known as "The Wanderer.") Its original (or earliest known copy, at least) is in a 10th century manuscript book in the library of Exeter...
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    Infants (babies) are an alien species, like cats...

    Infants (babies) are an alien species, like cats or dogs. (IIRC, the word "infant" actually means "without speech.") Any novel about them would have to be a beast fable like "White Fang" or such. ...
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    Try Genesis chapter 24.

    Try Genesis chapter 24.
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    The practice goes back at least to Abraham, if I...

    The practice goes back at least to Abraham, if I remember correctly.
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    May she fly golden on the other wind

    May she fly golden on the other wind
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    "The Lit Ramblers are a fascinating lot. I just...

    "The Lit Ramblers are a fascinating lot. I just wish there were more of us. JCamilo thinks we scare people off."
    Quite the best conversation on Litnet for a long time. It's a pleasure just to sit,...
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