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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Opus 2017-200: Afghanistan Viewed with a Little History

President Trump is preparing to send more troops into Afghanistan.  We need to try to get an historical perspective on invaders of this country.  We are familiar with the way in which the Soviets were decimated.  I believe even Alexander the Great bumped up against these people.  Let’s look back a hundred years.

At the turn of the 20th century Great Britain was in the process of subduing the Subcontinent of India.  When Winston Churchill, as a young man, took time off from the cavalry to be a journalist he was a front line observer of the cultures they were dealing with.  When he was there the British had the lower area under control but the tribesmen from the mountains were continually raiding and causing problems.  The Empire decided to take on the tribesmen.  Here is how Churchill described these people.
    “They, when they fight among themselves, bear little malice, and the combatants not infrequently make friends over the corpses of their comrades or suspend operations for a festival or a horse race. At the end of the contest cordial relations are at once re-established. And yet so full of contradictions is their character, that all this is without prejudice to what has been written of their family vendettas and private blood feuds. Their system of ethics, which regards treachery and violence as virtues rather than vices, has produced a code of honour so strange and inconsistent, that it is incomprehensible to a logical mind.”  Kindle location, 128-132
I am not sure that anything has changed in the last hundred years.  I doubt if much changed for a thousand years.  I am not sure what we think we can do to change the situation.

Churchill, Winston S.  The Story of the Malakand Field Force, Project Gutenberg.

homo unius libri


  1. You either have to obliterate people like that or just stay away from them.

    1. Since Jihad impels them to come after us, that only leaves one choice.

      Grace and peace.


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