Source: THAT LEFT BEHIND RAPTURE RIDDLE
Outside of Daniel, few biblical prophecies come with any timetables attached………However…while I am disposed to believe date-setting is wrong, from certain facts and questions put to me I have finally realized why it could be almost more the role of the astrologer than even the prophet to engage some at least broad speculation in this area and because what appears to be the biblical prohibition of settling upon any times and seasons may not be quite what it appears. Instead it opens upon a special challenge.The subject of apocalypse is far more embedded in Jewish/rabbinical worldviews than is commonly known or admitted. Arguably, Jesus speaks paradoxically about this subject, even in coded expressions half giving away the time while to the normal gentile reader appearing to deny knowledge. Thus when he refers to the day and the hour that can’t be known except by the father (Matt 24:36), he has…
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I am publishing this controversial poem today for two reasons. First it is released ahead of this week’s unprecedented address before the Pope on the 24th by a gay Catholic to the World Meeting of Families convention in Philadelphia, USA. Though the speaker Ron Belgau himself elects for celibacy, as conservative Catholics believe no one is born gay and so should not identify as such but rather seek cure (the position of most conservative Protestants) they are opposed to the convention. Likewise liberal Catholics who think eros has some rights to expression. Obviously the would-be generous Pope still wants to uphold tradition. But the reality is the tradition to which conservatives are attached is not nearly as scriptural as imagined, not least as regards how people are born. No poem could fully cover all the points I make or try to suggest as a theologian writing some considerably didactic poetry, but the notes below will be some guide. (In absence of an accompanying essay some notes are offered more like suggestions to further inquiry and conversations).
Second here, but not less…
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WHY PETRARCH’S “TO ITALY” REMAINS SIGNIFICANT
Since I am neither Italian nor a scholar of Latin beyond what I learned at school, I sometimes ask myself why I should feel moved by and dealing with something close to the heart of poetic inspiration in the case of Petrarch’s Ad Italiam, (To Italy, but sometimes called Petrarch’s Hymn to Italy). More recently too I find a new and relevant symbolic significance attaches to the work..
The mood of the poem is plainly enthusiastic and ecstatic but the total impression is of feeling somehow more engraved, fixed and “absolute” in a way I should wish to class with the very different because elegiac Catullus C1, the celebrated “hail and farewell” poem for the poet’s brother deceased in a far land. It is always possible that Catullus at least indirectly influenced Petrarch, a proto-Renaissance classical scholar who had unique possession of the newly rediscovered work of the Roman poet, but undoubtedly Latin bible Psalms played their part – there is an affinity for…
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