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July 4th, 2012

Letter to the Editor

by Max Andrews

Reblogged from Andy Andrews.

This morning, I am looking at a “letter to the editor” that I cut from our local newspaper.  It’s been professionally framed and I’m deciding where in my office it should hang.  As I sit at my desk, looking for the perfect spot, I am thinking about our upcoming holiday…

When I was growing up, the 4th of July wasn’t just an excuse for a long weekend.  Do you remember?  The 4th of July was one of the “big four” holidays and uniquely celebrated.  Thanksgivings held lavish feasts.  Christmas was for hot chocolate and a manger and we actually got to put a tree inside the house.  Easter meant new shoes for church.  New shoes that mama liked and I didn’t.  But Independence Day was totally different.  Firecrackers and homemade ice cream.  Ribs on the grill.  We spent long summer evenings at the lake or a swimming pool or even in our own backyard.

I noticed then that everything about “the Fourth” was more relaxed.  Daddy cooked.  Mama laughed with her friends, who walked around in baggy Bermuda shorts drinking lemonade out of that special pitcher that was “just for the adults” while we caught fireflies or hit sweet gum balls over the fence with a wiffle bat.  Mae Mae and Granddaddy were always there.  So were my other grandparents, Nana and Daddy Mac.

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July 4th, 2012

Word of the Week Wednesday: Interrogatio

by Max Andrews

Word of the WeekWord of the Week: Interrogatio

Definition: A mode of inquiry in which questions yield results that are entirely new, giving rise to knowledge that cannot be derived by an inferential process from what was already known.

More about the term: Lorenzo Valla (1406-1457) developed the interrogative (interrogatio) rather than the problematic (quaestio) form of inquiry.  This method was similar to the works of Stoic lawyers and educators like Cicero and Quintilian; that is, questioning witnesses, investigating documents and states of affairs without any prior conception of what the truth might be.  Valla transitioned from not only using this method for historical knowledge but also applied it as “logic for scientific discovery.”[1]

Valla’s logic for scientific discovery was the art of finding out things rather than merely the art of drawing distinctions and connecting them together.  He called for an active inquiry (activa inquisitio).  John Calvin (1509-1564) applied this method to the interpretation of Scripture and thus became the father of modern biblical exegesis and interpretation.[2]  Francis Bacon (1561-1626) applied it to the interpretation of the books of nature, as well as to the books of God, and became the father of modern empirical science.[3]