hard bargains: acre 1191

The immediate cause of the Third Crusade was the fall of Jerusalem in 1187. Not surprisingly brutality was familiar to both Muslims and Christians during the fighting. There is no record of Saladin ever using his sword, except of course to kill unarmed prisoners after victory. In every respect he was the pattern of the Muslim ruler: he said his prayers regularly and kept the fast of Ramadan. He loved to listen to readings from the holy books, even when … Continue reading

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ecological gap: talking just rewards with yahweh

Pollution. Ecological destruction. This then is the nemesis that modern Western society, together with its imitators in countries like Asia and China, have brought upon themselves by following the directive given in the first Book of Genesis. That directive has turned out to be bad advice, and we are beginning, … Continue reading

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famine : gnawing persistence

Is there more to famine than lack of food? ┬áIn the search for food, humanity has gone to astonishing lengths and recorded some stunning success. Yet still, hunger is always at the door, even in an era like hours, people still die of starvation. Do people starve because there are … Continue reading

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nobility of the common folk

The eighteenth century was reality of a different kind of grand and noble. In fact, the reality was more prosaic, banal and mundane, or at least it appeared so to a casual eye. It was a different perspective on what the “real” could possibly mean, a hidden “nobility” within the … Continue reading

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potato famine: more to famine than lack of food

The first recorded famine occurred in Egypt in 3500 B.C.Since then, untold millions have died, and still die, of starvation. There seems to be more to famine than a lack of food. Do people starve simply because there are too many of us, as parson Malthus asserted, leading to humans … Continue reading

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hunger: feasting on famine

There seems, based on the past record, to be more to famine than a mere lack of food. Hunger has always been at the door, even in an era of relative prosperity like our own. Do people starve because of over population as Parson Malthus theorized? Or is famine a … Continue reading

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malthus: not found at the love-in

There seems to be more to famine than a mere lack of food. Hunger is always at our door, even in an era like our own. Do people starve simply because there are too many of us? Or, is famine the inevitable companion of civilization? Was Malthus right in his … Continue reading

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