Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Topics I could give an impromptu speech on: Don't get me started...
Word of warning, when I taught World History and U. S. History in summer school I could pontificate four hours straight.
Rapture Theology. Also known as premillennialism as epitomized by Timothy LeHaye's abominable series known as Left Behind. If you want to know why the fundies are so crazy about Trump. They think he's going to end the world and they'll all be raptured. A word never used in the Bible. This heresy has destroyed the Christian faith and turned it into a fantasy cult. The leaders of the take over of the Southern Baptist Convention were Paige Patterson and Paul Pressler. Paige Patterson was fired as President of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary because he was counseling battered women to pray for their husbands and submit to them. Paul Pressler was sued by his long time male lover for palimony. Judge Roy Moore who toured the U.S. with a two ton statue of he Ten Commandments touting his brand of morality was found to be a child predator when he tried to run for a senate seat. I'll stop there.
Military History: I've read Sun Tzu, Basil Lidell Hart, John Keegan, and biographies of Alexander the Great, Hannibal, Fabius, Scipio Africanus, Marius, Sulla, Pompey, Caesar, Trajan and Belisarius. That's just ancient history.
Tudorian history. I've been fascinated with Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. I wish Hollywood would stop painting Bess as sleeping around. Read Elizabeth Jenkins biography Elizabeth the Great. BBC series Elizabeth R, with Glenda Jackson was based on this biography and shows how much was scared to death of the very thought of having sex.
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