“A DECADE AGO, the Library of Congress paid $10 million to acquire the only known original copy of a 1507 world map that has been called “the birth certificate of America.” The large map, a masterpiece of woodblock printing, has been a star attraction at the library ever since and the object of revived scholarly fascination about the earliest cartography of the New World. The research has also rescued from obscurity a little-known Renaissance man, the 16th-century globe maker Johannes Schöner, who was responsible for saving the map for posterity. We call ourselves Americans today because of the map’s makers, Martin Waldseemüller and Mathias Ringmann, young clerics in the cathedral village of St.-Dié, France. By incorporating early New World discoveries, their map reached beyond the canonical descriptions of Old World geography handed down from Ptolemy in the second century. On a lower stretch of the southern continent, the mapmakers inscribed the name “America” in the mistaken belief that Amerigo Vespucci, not Columbus, deserved credit for first sighting a part of that continent, South America.”
Why America is Called America
Jerry Bridges, The Disciplines of Grace
"Everyone has warned me not to tell you what I am going to tell you in this last book. They all say ‘the ordinary reader does not want Theology; give him plain practical religion’. I have rejected their advice. I do not think the ordinary reader is such a fool. Theology means ‘the science of God,’ and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available."C.S. Lewis (via notyourgramma)
Rand Paul’s 12+ hour filibuster about drones gets a succinct 43-word response.
The answer is no.
Rand Paul won. This is why he filibustered to begin with, because the White House wouldn’t answer this basic question.
This is why we cannot abolish or restrict the filibuster. It prevents the tyranny of the majority no matter which party is in control.
And they say the internet is making us stupid.
brb watching this for the rest of my life
some horrible transit system where trains don’t stop at stations
"You have listened to fears, Child. Come, let me breathe on you. Forget them. Are you brave again?"Aslan (via light-unshakable)