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John Grantham
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Glorious leader of the Universe. Well, soon anyway.
Glorious leader of the Universe. Well, soon anyway.

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Comments are dead. Long live comments!
Welp, since Google Plus is now dead, and my blog used it for commenting, I can no longer moderate old comments — including removing some spam. So I was reluctantly forced to switch to regular Google-based commenting, which nuked all old comments. My apologi...
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Anglican history, part III: Who founded Anglicanism?
The following completes my series on Anglican history. Part I can be found here , and Part II can be found here . The text of this was originally posted on Quora in answer to a question there. As I alluded to in Part II of this series, the common misconcept...
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The simplest explanation for the difference between nominative, accusative, dative and genitive articles in German
The following was original written in answer to a question on the topic on Quora . Nominative: Subject case. The thing performing the action. Marked below in bold . Accusative: Direct object case. The thing being acted upon by the action. Marked below in it...
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What are the main differences between Presbyterianism and Catholicism?
The following was originally posted as an answer on Quora to the question at hand . First, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, Presbyterians are what is called a confessional church , meaning that they adhere to a statement of faith (or “confession”) beyond t...
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What is liturgy and why is it necessary?
The following was originally posted on Quora as an answer to the question at hand. I literally just did a workshop on liturgy for my parish last weekend. Liturgy is a big passion of mine. The word liturgy comes from Greek and literally means “public service...
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Word choices, or how to find your inner Anglo-Saxon
The following was originally written for my English for Scientists course that I taught at the Leibniz Institute in Potsdam. The English language has a complex and fascinating history. That history affects how certain words are perceived. Therefore it affec...
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The “Awful German Language” or How to Remove your Pickelhaube
The “Awful German Language” or How to Remove your Pickelhaube The following is just my opinion, and should be taken with good humor. However, it is worthwhile for you to consider as students of writing in English. When Germans start to write in English, the...
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Gender in German: Time to abolish it (or change its name)
After a long hiatus, there was a topic that came up in an online conversation that has inspired me to write about a topic near and dear to me: German grammatical gender. Mind you, I have mastered German pretty well — in fact I can write paragraph after para...
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The myth of Galileo, Copernicanism, and the Catholic Church
The following was posted on Quora in response to the question What are some common misconceptions about the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages? : One of the worst misconceptions about the Middle Ages is that the Church deliberately tried to limit knowledge ...
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