A weblog by Will Fitzgerald

Monthly Archives: January 2007

Noble but unparsable sentiments

Mark Liberman, in his usual engaging way, discusses “the tangled history of a mangled maxim” at Language Log.

It was prompted by a statement in Bush’s State of the Union address: “Our work in the world is also based on a timeless truth: To whom much is given, much is required,” which should be (to be parsable) something like “To whom much is given, of them much is required.”

Liberman notes that this eventually goes back to the New Testament, specifically Luke 12:48, which, in King James’s Engish, is: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” The more modern Revised Standard Version has:

Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required.

I’m wondering whether, along with all the linguistic reasons given as
possible ‘just so’ stories for the transmutation to the “To whom much
is given, much is required” variants, whether another reason is the
desire to avoid apparent sexism in the Bible versions. Take the RSV,
remove the clause containing ‘him’ and you get:

To whom much was given, much of him will be required.

which (modulo tense) is the same as Bush’s aphorism.

(Update: I should have noted that the title is a quote from Liberman’s post.)

First KMenno worship service

The first worship service of the Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship happened yesterday–five people (including Bess, Jane and me) were present. Jane revealed the ‘psalm, hymn or spiritual song’ she’s been keeping secret: O Come, O Come Imannuel. I began a series on the Confession of Faith in a Mennonite Perspective; the first article is on God (I spoke in favor). Bess made chili and bean soup for afterwards; one participant, Carolyn, brought her own can of soup just in case the soup being served contained beans, which was wonderfully prescient of her. We learned that our dear Barb, who has been a member at Pine Grove Mennonite for over fifty years (KMF will be only her second church, a steadiness I admire) used to dress plainly (only a couple of women continue to wear head coverings at Pine Grove now).

God was praised.

Why sing Sacred Harp?

Linda does as good a job as anything I’ve read to describe why one sings Sacred Harp music:

Sometimes I need to shout down my fear, sometimes I need to voice praise and thanks, other times I need to join my dead. Right now, what I need most is a sweet song that makes me feel held by God.

The All-California Sacred Harp Convention this past weekend was all these things.

National Save Darfur Tour: Hip Hop Benefit Concert at MSU

News article Concert info – look under music

n the Student Assembly meeting of the Associated Students of MSU, held Nov. 30, the Assembly agreed to vote for a bill that will create on-campus education activities to help encourage students’ action against the genocide in Darfur.

The activities have been planned by the MSU Chapter of worldwide student network “Students Taking Action Now: Darfur.”

“I am confident that the voting process will favor support for the ASMSU and S.T.A.N.D. partnership,” said Mark Fitzgerald, director of Communication & Marketing of ASMSU.

S.T.A.N.D. is a student-based anti-genocide coalition that is composed of over 600 high school and college chapters dedicated to eradicating genocide, specifically the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

(Good luck, Mark!)

Happy birthday, anabaptism

482 years old yesterday, according to YAR.

Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship now forming

Simplicity. Service. Peace. Worship. Community. Jesus.

The Kalamazoo Mennonite Fellowship is now forming.

Starting January 28, 2007.
10:30 to noon, Sundays,
with soup supper to follow.
Bring a psalm, a hymn or spiritual song.

For more information, contact Will or Bess Fitzgerald.

1207 W. Maple St., Kalamazoo, MI 49008
1219 Grand Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49006

(Complete with Craiglist ad!)

Nada te turbe

Nada te turbe;
nada te espante;
todo se pasa;
Dios no se muda,
la paciencia
todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene,
nada le falta.
Solo Dios basta.

Nothing disturb thee,
Nothing frighten.
All things pass away,
God never changes.
It is with patience that
All things are completed.
For those who have God,
Nothing is lacking.
God alone is sufficient.

Teresa de Avila, Lines written in her breviary, my translation. (thank you, Anna).

Infinite will

This sort of just happened today, while initiating a video conference between the Powerset mothership and the Kalamazoo complex (i.e., my basement).

Jeff Shrager pointed his camera at the projector screen, and made iChat full screen. So, I guess I’m talking to myself here. Talk about an echo chamber!