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, July 4, 2020

Opus 2020-172: Declaration Diversity

As I came to the end of the Declaration of Independence I looked down at the list of names and noted that each person put down the role in life that they filled.  I laughed at Samuel Adams labeling himself as a “political leader”.  It would seem that he did not have a day job.

The rest of the list was interesting, not in the number of lawyers, but in the other professions listed.  If you take out the lawyers and judges, which I did, you get an interesting list.

Bartlett, Josiah                NH      Physician, Judge
Braxton, Carter                 VA      Farmer
Clark, Abraham                  NJ      Surveyor
Clymer, George                  PA      Merchant
Floyd, William                  NY      Soldier
Franklin, Benjamin              PA      Printer, Publisher
Gerry, Elbridge                 MA      Merchant
Gwinnett, Button                GA      Merchant
Hall, Lyman                     GA      Physician
Hancock, John                   MA      Merchant
Harrison, Benjamin              VA      Farmer
Hart, John                      NJ      Farmer
Hewes, Joseph                   NC      Merchant
Heyward, Thomas Jr.             SC      Lawyer, Farmer
Hopkins, Stephen                RI      Judge, Educator
Hopkinson, Francis              NJ      Judge, Author
Lee, Francis Lightfoot          VA      Farmer
Lee, Richard Henry              VA      Farmer
Lewis, Francis                  NY      Merchant
Livingston, Philip              NY      Merchant
Lynch, Thomas Jr.               SC      Farmer
Middleton, Arthur               SC      Farmer
Morris, Lewis                   NY      Farmer
Morris, Robert                  PA      Merchant
Nelson, Thomas Jr.              VA      Farmer
Rush, Benjamin                  PA      Physician
Taylor, George                  PA      Ironmaster
Thornton, Matthew               NH      Physician
Whipple, William                NH      Merchant, Judge
Williams, William               CT      Merchant
Witherspoon, John               NJ      Educator

The Founding Fathers had their share of lawyers but it is impressive how many saw themselves as farmers.  Maybe we need to pass a law setting a limit on how many lawyers we can have in congress today.

homo unius libri


  1. I'm sure you heard the old joke, "What would you call throwing 5oo lawyers into the ocean?" - Answer. "A good start!"

  2. I thought the WV version used a mine reclamation landfill instead of the ocean.

    Grace and peace


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