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The Myth and the Reality

One of the things I rarely see discussed is the fact that books—fiction and non-fiction—are products of the times in which they were written. Well, that’s not completely true. Literary criticism often discusses the milieu in which a book was written if the book is fairly recent. This is true even for books a few […]

The New Blood Libel

In the early days of Christianity, the Romans accused Christians of cannibalism. The early Christians (like contemporary Roman Catholics) believe in transubstantiation, the idea that the wine and bread of the eucharist actually turn into the blood and flesh of their deity, Jesus Christ. Since Jesus was also a man, it followed that the Christians […]

“And So, It Begins…”

The title of this post comes from a statement by Ambassador Kosh from the TV show, Babylon 5. It was one of the best science fiction shows ever (well, the first 4 seasons were) dealing with issues of the nature of good and evil, order and chaos, and the eternal repetition and cycles of the […]