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Take a Stroll in TFF Forum

We are developing an open discussion feature, the Forum.  At some point, we’ll have graphics,  bells, and whistles.  For now, what we have is the opportunity for paying subscribers to start discussions and take part in discussions others have initiated. To take part,  simply click “Forum” on the top menu.  If you have any problems about navigating this–or any–part of the site, just post your queries or complaints.  

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Road To Damascus, Part II Conclusion

In this primitive period of East-West unity, Rome established its preeminence above all in the context of theological controversies, where it took on the role of unflinching champion of orthodoxy.  The Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople had formulated a creed that became the universal bedrock of faith, but in a certain sense they did not go far enough, for they did not speak explicitly to the different theories about Jesus Christ, His personhood and natures, that arose and clashed in the fifth century.  This was a matter of special concern for the emperors in Constantinople, who looked with anxiety to...

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Born Out of Due Time, by Ched Rayson, Chapter Eight

Kwame was dreaming the same dream.  He was living in the village where his grandfather ruled.  His father had taken him into the woods to cut wood, and he was set upon by men in hoods who knocked him out.  When  he awoke, he was on board a sailing ship, a slave, on the way to America.  He was put to work on a farm, where they beat him when he did not understand English or showed any resentment.  He ran away several times until the white men crippled his feet:  He could still work, but he could never run.  Night after night, he dreamed of his village and the community of love shared by his family and the other people of the village.  When he awoke from the dream, he was in a cold sweat, and his wife Beauty brought him a cup of boiled chicory with milk.  She was all he had to cling to in a world filled with ugliness and horror…

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Born out of Due Time, By Ched P. Rayson, Chapter VII

“Listen, professor.  You and me are not exactly two  peas in a pod–more like an English pea and a Swede—you’d probably call it a rutabaga—but I size you up from the first.  You don’t belong here, and I don’t mean just in Nadir.  You waste your time reading, but in some way you belong more to my world than to the world (pointing to the dead television screen) that’s on that thing.  I know you’ll take care of yourself.  Some of these guys do not mean you nothing  good.”

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How Did Ex-CIA Czar John Brennan Get Into The Company?

I laughed when I read ex-CIA Czar John Brennan’s gripe that taking away his security clearance was “part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics.” I once had a security clearance. Although not as high as his, it was pretty high, Top Secret-Special Intelligence. When I was training to be a Russian linguist and radio intercept operator, 1978-89, the FBI talked to everybody in my background, asking such questions as: Did you ever vote for the Communist Party-USA? They talked to my next door neighbor, and receive a glowing report. “He’s been...

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Looking for Mr. Jefferson, Conclusion

I have always thought that Jefferson’s   advocacy of the separation of church and state was in part inspired by his distaste for the political power of the Yankee clergy.  Remember, the  famous letter  about “the wall of separation” was addressed to a group of Baptists in Connecticut, who were independent of that State’s established Puritan church.  One can still find die-hard Calvinists who denounce Jefferson as an atheist.  For some reason they never mention that John Adams became a Unitarian. Through the 19th century Jefferson remained a very popular symbol among the people and occasionally among writers, but  New...

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Take Five: The Scandalous Pope

Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences [that is, scandals, stumbling blocks] will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

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Looking for Mr. Jefferson, Part I

[Jefferson] thought  that Americans had a unique opportunity to preserve free institutions if they were wise and virtuous.   He did not believe that  Americans were a Chosen People with a  divine mission to spread freedom to all mankind.  That idea was invented by the New Englanders who hated him and whom he despised.