February 3rd, 2006

speed limit


Just bought The Medieval Machine today. It's a history of technology in the Middle Ages. Cool subject. One of those super-discounted things at Barnes & Noble.

The actual body of the work looks well done; however, the introduction (written in 1975 -- how well I remember!) stumbles a bit at the end.
While I hope that the reader of The Medieval Machine will want to pursue his own comparisons, I must point out one alarming contrast. The economic depression that struck Europe in the fourteenth century was followed ultimately by economic and technological recovery. But the depression we have moved into will have no end. We can anticipate centuries of decline and exhaustion. There will be no further industrial revolution in the cycles of our Western civilization.

I'm so glad that smart people are sometimes doofuses.
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Wherein I solve everything

Proposals for Christian Unity are floated from time to time between Churches and from each group's perspective. Sometimes, progress is made. The ELCA and The UMC just achieved full intercommunion; their inaugural joint eucharist was held together in Indy just this last week. Most of the time, of course, proposals are made only to be shot down.

Ecumenism is tough sledding. But then, I have lived long enough to see Germany re-united, the fall of the Soviet Union, and Republican control of both houses of Congress and the Presidency; surely, the millennium cannot be far behind (or something like it). All joking aside, momentous things have a way of catching people by surprise. They appear impossible right up until the moment they happen; afterwards, they appear inevitable.

So, for what it's worth, here is my vision of what the reunion of Christendom would look like. Collapse )