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The blogger at Virginia Is For Huguenots wishes to address the stereotype of a stern Puritan magistrate wearing a wig. The post contains history on the wearing of wigs by men, and on other fashions that provoked controversy and sometimes dismay amongst the faithful in the 17th and 18th centuries.

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While looking for information on Philip Doddridge, whose The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul is said to have helped William Wilberforce come to faith, I stumbled across the website Fire and Ice: Puritan and Reformed Writings, which features sermons, poetry, a Puritan Quote of the Week, and more.

Having found out in recent years that a great deal of what I was taught about Puritans was revisionist (to put it mildly), I’m looking forward to reading what was written by actual Puritans.

Well, and by non-Puritans, too. I like this bit from the Poetry page, under the heading Non-Puritan Poems (and would like very much if those of you who know Latin would translate the Latin for me):

Here are some poems that I feel need to be included in Fire and Ice. Their inclusion should not be construed as any endorsement of any erroneous theological beliefs of their authors. That these poets expressed noble Christian sentiments with beauty and grace is sufficent reason for their works to be appreciated in their proper sphere. “Christianus sum; nihil christianii alienum me puto.”

Added: This 1993 Touchstone editorial includes the Latin phrase, and a translation. Correction: No it doesn’t. It features a variation, wherein “human” is substituted for “Christian” in the latter part of the quote. Not the same thing at all. My mistake. Sorry.

Added: This is better. It gives a history and applications of several variations of the Latin phrase.

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Jonathan Witt notes that some people are treating the Constitution like Mr. Potato Head.

hat tip: Wittingshire

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Is your concept of bravery inadequate or amoral?

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… is apparently not as easy as it used to be, especially if you are trying to get a teen to his grandparents in another state.

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If I understand this right, if your governor doesn’t veto House Bill 4294, activists will have permission (and means) to do end runs around the State Board of Education when it comes to textbook/curriculum content. Newspaper article here. (Via Terri Leo. I asked to be placed on her mailing list back when she was fighting the good fight on another controversy over maintaining textbook standards. Even though I don’t live in Texas, I’ve found her emails to be useful for finding out about some of the attacks on foundational values that are being made in the public education arena.)

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Sherry over at Semicolon is doing a Hymn Project. She asked readers to submit their ten favorite hymns, ranked one to ten, from which she planned to compile the top hundred. She had a tie for 99-101, so she’ll be sharing 101 hymns. She also has links to online hymn resources.

I didn’t submit my ten favorite hymns, because I’m not that well versed yet. Somehow submitting ‘ten hymns with which I’m more or less familiar’ didn’t seem quite in the spirit of the project…

We recently joined a church that uses a service book with hymns from throughout the ages, so I am catching up. But for now, I’m expecting most of the hymns in Sherry’s round-up will be new to me. I’m looking forward to it.

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