Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Opus 2014-234: Book Review: Not Banned, Just Returned

I lost another author today.  I had read and enjoyed several of his books.  I figured I was in for a good read but he must feel he is successful enough to start pushing the politically correct social agenda of the left.

One of the main characters was giving us the rundown on her great-aunt who was an awesome nansurgeon, a committed scientist, a survivor and an all round wonderful person.  Then I came to this,
“She lives with her spouse, Dorothy,...” page 19
Okay.  I paused a moment and decided I would read further.  It was going to be a good story and I can deal with a little nonsense.  If he had left it at that he could have made his statement, be accepted by the GLBTQ community and went on to develop his plot and characters.  It was not to be.

A few pages later the young lady was admiring a young man who was not responding to her charms and had to explain that he was not “gay.”  Then the social engineering gets going.
    “Great-grandpa Jim once told me that he remembered a time when a lot of people hid their homosexuality,....  And in school we learned that before that it was actually illegal most places.
    “  The things you learn in history class, huh?
    “But who would hide it now?  Who cares?...”  p. 33
In between we learn that modesty is out the window too.
“And maybe I shouldn’t add, but will, that our family is easy about nudity.”  page 32
I could go on to universal role reversals and environmental nonsense, but you get the point.

There comes a point where the static gets so strong it describes a world that I know would not work near as well as described. 

There are times I am glad I checked the book out from the library rather than bought it.  If you like a world in which anything seems to go, where the men are short and cooks, the women are tall and math majors, where there are no private vehicles and all people live in peace, then by all means check it out and enjoy.

Varley, John.  Dark Lightning.  New York:  Ace Books, 2014.

homo unius libri


  1. I don't even bother with "modern" authors, since there are still classics that I haven't read.

    1. I am working on them too but often my mind is too dull for them and I have a personal aversion to TV.

      Grace and peace.


Comments are welcome. Feel free to agree or disagree but keep it clean, courteous and short. I heard some shorthand on a podcast: TLDR, Too long, didn't read.