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.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Opus 2016-1: Bah, Auld Lang Syne

I am not going to celebrate New Years Day any more.  It is just another pagan holiday full of superstitious nonsense and ritual.  Think of the ancient cultures that used to sacrifice virgins in order to convince the sun that it should not go away, to invite it to stay another year.  Think of the gluttonous feasts and licentious escapades that were common.  January 1 was chosen by Julius Caesar in 45 BC.  The name comes from Janus a god with two faces looking forward and backward.  I cannot be a part of that heritage.

Also, it is totally arbitrary.  Down through history it has been different for different cultures.  In the 12th century England celebrated the beginning of the new year on March 12.  Cultures that use a lunar calendar are constantly in flux.  Since we don’t know the actual date that Bible declares as the beginning of the year we had best avoid it.

And think of the commercialization of the day.  Greedy businessmen are manipulating us just to make money.  Labor unions are looking for another day off.  What do babies in diapers and old men with scythes have to do with anything?

We can’t even call it “Creation Day” like some call Christmas “Incarnation Day”.  That would open the door to pagans who celebrate the earth being renewed every year. 

So, Bah Humbug on Auld Lang Syne.  Go to bed on time and go to work as usual.

homo unius libri


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.