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  •  The problem with tunneling (10+ / 0-)

    is that you can get so deep, especially when you're trying to figure out what the hell was driving someone to do what they did.

    Or, for that matter, what in heaven's name someone was trying to say.

    My great-times-something grandmother was the interpreter for theologian Jonathan Edwards when he delivered sermons to the Kanienkehaga- the Mohawks.  She was praised, and valued, by Edwards and his contemporary evangelist Gideon Hawley, powerful testimonies from men for a woman of her time.  She was cousins with the reverend Jonathan Dickinson, founder of Princeton (the College of New Jersey, originally), and sent her sons to live with him.  All of them rejected "white" lives to live as Leni Lenape- Delaware Indians.

    And she very likely knew David Brainerd, still a hero to evangelist Christians.  Brainerd wrestled with, and never resolved, the fact that some of the Delaware Indians he was trying and failing to convert were having spiritual experiences as strong as any of his own.

    I am reading The Lives of David Brainerd, by John A, Grigg, and Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George M. Marsden.

    Create. Build. Serve. Encourage. Teach.

    by algebrateacher on Wed Jan 23, 2013 at 06:39:25 PM PST

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