This is a time of the year when the phrase “luck of the Irish” is often heard. What “luck”? Except for the golden age before 1171 AD, and the “Celtic Tiger” years from 1990 to 2007, I would not wish the “luck of the Irish” on my enemies! The luck of the Irish, for most of these years, has been the English.
Just the other day I was behind a car that had painted on its rear, “Smile! Jesus loves you!” I am not sure that the person who did that was really evangelizing, also known as obeying the Great Commission (Matthew […]
There is a parallel between sports and democracy. Both depend on the ability to say, “You whipped me fair and square this round; just wait till next round.” And both, as we know them today, were English inventions. I have […]
From 1405 to 1433, the Ming rulers of China sent ‘treasure fleets’ to Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, and as far as Mozambique. And then in 1434 the Portuguese reached Western Sahara, after which they went farther south every […]