By Larry Witham
The phrases That Stirred a kingdom
From colonial occasions to the current, from Abraham Lincoln to Billy Graham, the sermon has been the dynamic medium by which the United States conducts its most vital debates, motivating us to struggle wars in addition to struggle for peace and eventually defining the process our background. A urban Upon a Hill tells the yank tale via those strong phrases, displaying us at our best—and occasionally at our worst.
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So, too, by showing their gods and goddesses as immortal men and women with all the human passions, fears, and hopes, they made men and women the more godlike. The hybrid nature of man would remain a dominant theme in Judaism and Christianity. The Greeks shaped their gods in man's image.
Combining Wolf's evolutionary arguments with the "higher criticism" of recent biblical scholars, the English master translator Gilbert Murray (1866-1957), showed that, like the Old Testament, the Iliad and the Odyssey accreted by tradition. Of course Murray did not solve the Homeric riddle, but he put Homer's works securely among the highest mysteries of Creation. Were the gods jealous of this Homeric mystery? Was there a curse like that on violators of the pharaoh's tombs? The two bold scholars who did most to tear the veil of mystery from Homer, Milman Parry (1902-1935) and Michael Ventris (1922-1956), both came to an early, untimely end.
Now he exhorted Gautama to follow in their path. "O Bull among men, I am a recluse who, terrified by birth and death, have adopted a homeless life to win salvation! " With these words the being rose like a bird into the sky. Gautama, amazed and elated, was now fully convinced of his mission of salvation. " In the middle of the night, before setting out "to win the deathless state," Gautama took a parting look at his beautiful wife and his infant son asleep in their palace bedchamber. He did not awaken them for fear they might dissuade him from his flight.