Three witnesses

John appeals to three witnesses in 1 John 5:6-8: Spirit, water, blood. These are all witnesses at the Exodus - the Spirit-cloud that leads Israel through the wilderness, the water of the sea, the blood of Passover. Among other things, these three witnesses testify that Jesus is the greater Moses, . . . . Continue Reading »

World, Nature, Physis

An addendum to an earlier post on Rosenstock-Huessy’s essay, “The Metabolism of Science.” Though he sees world, nature, and physis as identical in some ways, he also distinguishes them. We have different experiences of the external world, and there are summarized in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Korah’s resurrection

1 Chronicles 6:31-38 traces the genealogy of Levite singers backwards from those appointed by David to Jacob. There are some interesting names along the way. Heman the singer’s grandpappy was Samuel son of Elkanah, whom you may remember from 1 Samuel. Further back, Samuel’s great, great . . . . Continue Reading »

Common Law

Rosenstock-Huessy emphasizes the importance of the Chancery for the functioning of English Common Law and the integration of England into the realm of Christendom. Chancery was instituted as a counter-balance, in a sense, to Parliament. During the middle ages, Parliament was dangerous, expensive, . . . . Continue Reading »

Metabolism of Science

Rosenstock-Huessy’s essay “The Metabolism of Science” shows him at his deconstructive best. He doesn’t analyze postcards, but he does something similar, finding significance in the most marginal of glosses, in the repetitions of a book title, in the handwriting style of a . . . . Continue Reading »

Christ’s Rule

Readers interested in Christian political theory might be interested in the De Regno Christi web site ( The site is managed by Bill Chellis, a pastor in the RPCNA, and contributors include Daryl Hart, Richard C. Gamble, and myself. . . . . Continue Reading »

Melancholy of Beowulf

Tolkein captured the feel of Beowulf more accurately than anyone: “Beowulf is not an ‘epic,’ not even a magnified ‘lay.’ No terms borrowed from Greek or other literatures exactly fit: there is no reason why they should. Though if we must have a term, we should choose . . . . Continue Reading »

Isidore of Seville

In case you need yet another reason to search for Isidore, he has recently been proposed as the “patron saint of the Internet.” And for those without the cash to buy the recent translation of Isidore’s Etymologies (advertized here some time ago), and with some facility in Latin, . . . . Continue Reading »

Pauline difference

Paul also makes some observations that hint at aspects of a theology of music. He says or implies several things in 1 Corinthians 14:6-8. First, he introduces a musical analogy into a discussion of speech in the church, implying a parallel between music and language. That analogy becomes explicit . . . . Continue Reading »

Pauline Linguistics

In 1 Corinthians 14:10-11, Paul supports a point about tongues and prophecy with a bit of linguistics. Meaning, he notes, functions within a linguistic community. Languages have significance (v 10), but only for those who know that significance (v 11). Language boundaries are community boundaries, . . . . Continue Reading »