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Anselm Proslogium
  Cur Deus Homo
Athanasius On the Incarnation of the Word
Athenagoras A Plea for the Christians
Aurelius Augustine On the Holy Trinity
  On the Millenium (CoG)
  On Time (CoG)
Isaac Backus An Appeal to the Public for Religious Liberty
Basil the Great Letter 210
William E. Blackstone Jesus is Coming
William Jennings Bryan The Deity of Christ
Goodsell Buckingham Bible Vindicated from Sustaining Slavery
John Calvin On the Trinity (ICR)
Clement of Alexandria Exhortation to the Greeks
David Low Dodge War Inconsistent with the Religion of Jesus Christ
Jonathan Edwards Essay on the Trinity
  Absent from the Body
John Gill Christ a Priest After the Order of Melchizedek
  The Eternal Sonship of Christ
  Infinite Condescension of Jehovah
  On the Trinity (Body of Divinity)
  The Doctrine of the Trinity
Hilary of Poitiers On the Trinity
Hippolytus Against the Heresy of One Noetus
    The Refutation of All Heresies
Evan Lewis Admitting Slave-Holders to Communion
James Madison Memorial and Remonstrance
Justin Martyr Dialogue with Trypho
  Second Apology
H. P. Liddon The Divinity of Jesus Christ
Alexander MacLeod Negro Slavery Unjustified
John Newton The African Slave Trade
John Owen Vindication of the Trinity
John Rankin   Letters on American Slavery
Tertullian Against Praxeas
  Against the Valentinians
  Five Books Against Marcion
  On the Flesh of Christ
  The Shows
George W. Truett Baptists and Religious Liberty
Theodore D. Weld   The Bible Against Slavery
John Wesley Justification by Faith
  The Great Assize
  Sermon on Treasure
  Thoughts Upon Slavery
Michael Wigglesworth The Day of Doom

Heretics, Eccentrics
and Non-Doctrinal Works.

Ethan Allen Reason the Only Oracle of Man
Arius Letter to Alexander
Charles Babbage Ninth Bridgewater Treatise
Osama bin Laden Fatwa of February 23, 1998
  Letter of November 24, 2002
Alexander Campbell Bath of Regeneration
William Ellery Channing Unitarian Christianity
Mohammed ibn Abdallah The Koran (Rodwell Translation)
  The Koran (SaleTranslation)
Washington Irving Mohammed and His Successors
Thomas Jefferson Letter to Benjamin Waterhouse
  Correspondence with Danbury Baptists
Pope Leo XIII Aeterni Patris
Malcolm X The Black Man's History
John Milton Areopagitica
Louis Mary de Montfort True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
Joseph Priestley History of Opinions Relating to Christ
Ernest Renan The Life of Jesus
John Ruskin Unto This Last
Charles Taze Russell The Day of Judgment
  The Divine Scroll
  The Doom of Babylon
  Jehovah's Footstool Made Glorious
  Did Jews Believe in Eternal Torment?
  Battle of Armageddon
Joseph Smith King Follett Discourse
  Lectures on Faith
  Letter re: Alexander Campbell
  Revelation on Plural Marriage
  On the Plurality of Gods
  Prophecy of the Civil War
  Revelation to the Shakers
  The Wentworth Letter
Barton Stone Address to the Churches
John Toland Christianity not Mysterious
Leo Tolstoy Where Love Is, There God Is Also


Edward Aveling The Gospel of Evolution
Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll Lecture on the Mistakes of Moses
V. I. Lenin The Attitude of the Worker's Party to Religion
Bhagat Singh Why I am an Atheist

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The more I study the Bible, the more I am impressed with "the glory, the harmony, and moral loveliness which everywhere shine forth in the pages of revealed truth." (quoted in Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Kindle location 66578). The golden vein of God's word is inexhaustible:

"It is not the telescope which draws out that rich sparkling of stars on the blue space, which to the naked eye seem points of light, and untenanted: it is not the microscope which condenses the business of a stirring population into the circumference of a drop of water, and clothes with a thousand tints the scarcely discernible wing of the ephemeral insect. The stars are shining in their glory, whether or no we have the instruments to penetrate the azure; and the tiny tenantry are carrying on their usual concerns, and a rich garniture still forms the covering of the insect, whether or no the powerful lens has turned for us the atom into a world, and transformed the almost imperceptible down into the sparkling plumage of the bird of paradise. Thus the wonderful things are already in the Bible." (Spurgeon, Charles. The Treasury of David (Kindle Locations 66601-66606). GLH Publishing.)

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William Jennings Bryan

This three-time U.S. Presidential candidate wrote numerous Christian tracts:

William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan In His Image
  Price of a Soul
  Prince of Peace

William Jennings Bryan

"But there are still Flash animations on this site!" Too true. I'm working on it!

When Europeans first encountered the indigenous inhabitants of Tasmania, they were surprised to discover fish was not included in their diet. They had no fish hooks, no fishing poles and no nets, though they did dive for some types of seafood. What was stranger was when archaeologists discovered these people were descended from seafarers who did use all those technologies. You can dig up an antique fish hook on Tasmania, but not a more recent one, at least not of indigenous manufacture. Why would people who lived on an island give up making fish hooks, when their ancestors knew how to do that? When I was a child growing up in New Jersey, from time to time we would experience the 'Red Tide,' an algae bloom that made the ocean coffee-colored. The public was cautioned not to eat seafood, at risk of suffering neurological consquences, such as seizure. Could perhaps something like that have happened, and they never knew enough to lift the restriction?

We like to think of technology as marching onward, but it does not always. When there is a civilizational collapse, like the fall of the Minoan civilization or the downfall of Rome and the western empire, technological capability may decline for a while. Political movements, like the Luddites in England, or Mahatma Gandhi with his preference for home-spun cotton cloth over machine-made, may think they are doing something positive in blocking progress. We have seen, in recent history, something like that with nuclear power generation. Construction of new nuclear generating capacity is nearly moribund in this country, in spite of a generally positive industry safety record. And then there's Flash.

When I first discovered Adobe Flash, then Macromedia Flash, I was blown away. What couldn't be done with such technology! New horizons opened up. People then pondered, what wonders will the future of the internet hold? They don't any more. The beauty of Flash was that it performed its paces while producing small, compact files, easily downloaded even with the dial-up internet service that was prevalent back then. Perhaps someone thinks they are doing away with Flash because it is obsolescent, that something better has come along in the interval. Try translating Flash animations into mp4's, without getting buried beneath an avalanche of gargantuan files, and see which technology is superior: what we had, or what they want to replace it with.

Steve Jobs, when asked when the I-phone was going to incorporate Flash, used to like to reply, 'Never.' Evidently Flash used up a lot of battery power, and instead of springing for more capable batteries, Steve Jobs decided that you just don't need Flash. What do you need it for? Would you even miss it if it were gone? And, admittedly, Flash turned out to suffer security vulnerabilities. So corporate America decided, on your behalf, that you just don't need it. I mean, who needs art? If you didn't have it, you'd never notice its absence. Steve Jobs was the master huckster of our generation. He used to offer for sale products with fewer features than competitors offered, at higher prices. Do you think he went broke selling over-priced, under-featured models? He did a land office business! You can't go broke underestimating the gullibility of the American public. He assured people there was something 'Zen' about products with fewer buttons. What do you need all those nasty buttons for anyway? Like zombies they reached for their wallets. He taught them to say, 'It's uncluttered,' rather than, 'It has limited functionality.' Corporate America looked at the internet, which at the outset seemed to be at risk of becoming a visually rich, visually interesting new medium, smirked and assured one another, 'Who needs all that? All you need is a picture of the merchandise, and a button that says 'buy.' We're good with that.' And so the public was taught to admire visually impoverished web sites. They were taught to say these plain vanilla sites were 'clean,' and all the more desirable for being boring. So goodbye to Flash.

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