Posts Tagged ‘Franklin’

John Adams “doubted everything ’til he found the Unitarians.”

May 6, 2011

I should be grading, but I’m still thinking about all those good last-minute final report presentations yesterday. Nathan’s on Leibniz…

Nick’s & Jared’s on Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, & Adams… I love the Jennifer Hecht line on Adams, that he “seems to have doubted everything until he found the Unitarians.” Ha! In your face, Garrison Keillor!! But that was my story too, many years ago. Then I owned up to my Unitarian leanings on the Belmont Baptists’ application form and they slapped me down hard. Or rather, the Provost did. Guess he thought I might be too tight with the Wiccans. And that’s why I teach today in Murfreesboro, not Nashville.

Dalorian’s on Twilight… “There is always a bit of madness in loving. But there is also always a bit of reason in madness.” That’s a Nietzsche quote I can believe.

Patrick’s on Darwin… Here’s the lovely close of Origin of Species I fumbled:

There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.

Taylor’s on “Empathy, Altruism, & the Future”…

And Warren’s on the double-slit experiment… which, despite my skeptical scruples, I agree raises questions about things in heaven and earth undreamt in our philosophies.

And so another semester closes, another marathon grading session begins, and I find myself already missing the workaday routine of the college season.