Peter Montgomery wrote:
> As would seem a mojority of north american society. The irony is that we
> have pretty much lost a common know;edge of the bible, which is a very
> significant element in our culture.
There are many significant elements in our "culture," and it seems
inappropriate to select any one element as of particular importance.
Knowledge of the Rape of Nanking? Of the u.s. invasion of Russia in
1918? Of the Philippine casualties in the u.s. invasion of the
Phillippines after the Spanish American War? (Do you know why the .45
automatic was invented?)
Scriblerus on the poem contains the phrase "deluge of authors cov'rd the
land" (not, significantly, _bad_ authors but authors period.
And of course the world no longer consists of England, the continent,
and the colonies! That makes some difference.
I wonder if anyone on this list reads Persian.
My (second) wife was rather startled when it turned out my daughters (14
& 12 at the time)had never heard of the Trinity, but they have
nevertheless gotten along just fine. :-)
Some years ago a discussion of Homer on the Milton list revealed that a
rather large number of Milton scholars didn't really understand that
_oikos_ had a rather deep significance in the world of Odysseus, that
wasn't quite caught up by modern "household" or "family" or "house."
Frankly, I rather think it more important to know something about
_oikos_ than to be able to construe the wisdom of Solomon.
It would be even more important to understand that Social Security (by
the very nature of things) cannot be anything else than a generational
transfer, and that the concept of "saving for retirement" is an