Muhlenberg’s Robe

Last night, the PBS series, History Detectives, looked at the legend of Peter Muhlenberg’s robe. The story goes that Lutheran pastor John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg, son of American German Lutheran patriarch Heinrich Melchior M├╝hlenberg, stood in his pulpit one day at the beginning of the American Revolution and said, “There is a time to talk…

Harry Potter and the Ridiculous Non-Review Reviews

There are many things that might be said about the Harry Potter phenomenon. I’d like to draw attention to one of the more ridiculous–the collective refusal of reviewers to actually review the book. To review a book you must talk about it; you must discuss its major plot points and twists. Ah, but in the…