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Gnosticism

Gnosticism
Gnosticism is a peculiar religion that has roots older than Christianity. With the arrival of Jesus Christ, Gnosticism developed a strong Christological element, but it is not Christianity by any means. The origins of Gnosticism are difficult to pinpoint, but there are heavy doses of Neoplatonism and Jewish mysticism ...
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Bertrand Meyer - The Ethics of Free Software

Bertrand Meyer - The Ethics of Free Software
by Bertrand Meyer

* Note: This is the text of the article entitled “The Ethics of Free Software” printed in the March 2000 issue of **Software Development Magazine**. * * * * * * The movement in favor of free and open-source software has recently reached a highly visible status ...
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Great Books

Great Books
- [Introduction][] - [Unsorted][] - [Non-Fiction][] - [Fiction][] - [Historic Documents][] - [Poetry][] - [Essays][] - [Drama][] - [Music][] Introduction ============ This story is a lot longer than it needs to be, but it documents (somewhat) my intellectual development. During my teen years, something (exactly what is lost in the pages of history) turned me on to philosophy ...
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Library of Congress Classification System

Library of Congress Classification System
1. [Introduction][] 2. [Reading LOC Numbers][] 3. [The LOC Categories][] Introduction ————————————————————————————- The Library of Congress Classification System organizes material in libraries according to twenty-one branches of knowledge (listed below). The 21 categories (labeled A to Z, but missing I, O, W, X and Y) are ...
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William Safire Rules of Writing

William Safire Rules of Writing
By William Safire

- Remember to never split an infinitive. - The passive voice should never be used. - Do not put statements in the negative form. - Verbs have to agree with their subjects. - Proofread carefully to see if you words out. - If you reread your work, you ...
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Why I Am Not A Christian - an essay by Bertrand Russell

Why I Am Not A Christian - an essay by Bertrand Russell

Why I Am Not A Christian by Bertrand Russell ————————————-

* * * * * *Introductory note*: Russell delivered this lecture on March 6, 1927 to the National Secular Society, South London Branch, at Battersea Town Hall. Published in pamphlet form in that same year ...
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Introduction to Early Christian Heresies

Introduction to Early Christian Heresies
What is heresy? =============== Heresy is defined an opinion or doctrine at variance with religious orthodoxy. This, of course, begs the question, “what is religious orthodoxy?” Given the immense variety of of Christian sects, ranging from the traditional Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Episcopalian churches ...
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English Bible Versions

English Bible Versions
  • [Introduction][]
  • [Canon][]
  • - [What is canon?][] - [Why do we need a canon?][] - [Differences in canon][]
  • [Development of the canon][]
  • - [Development of the Old Testament][] - [The Apocrypha][] - [Development of the New Testament][]
  • [Different Translations][]
    • [Principles of translation][]
    • - [Formal Equivalence][] - [Dynamic Equivalence][] - [Paraphrase][]
    • [Source Texts][]
    • [Which translation should I read ...
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How to Say Nothing in 500 Words

How to Say Nothing in 500 Words

Freshman composition, like everything else, has its share of fashions. In the 195Os, when this article was written, the most popular argument raging among student essayists was the proposed abolition of college football. With the greater social consciousness of the early ‘60s, the ...

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Introduction to Classical Music

Introduction to Classical Music
This article, originally posted in 1999, has been retired, as it no longer accurately reflects my views. See old versions of the page at archive.org:
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Introduction to Christian Heresy

Introduction to Christian Heresy
What is heresy? =============== Heresy is defined an opinion or doctrine at variance with religious orthodoxy. This, of course, begs the question, “what is religious orthodoxy?” Given the immense variety of of Christian sects, ranging from the traditional Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Anglican and Episcopalian churches, all ...
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