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Singing Philo helps me communicate better

Ever on the ball, Chris Tilling has found this little inspiring quote in the ancient writings of Philo that is perfect to use in dinner conversations when someone is contradicting you:

‘those who hate virtue and who love learning, use speech as their ally for the exposition of doctrines which are disapproved; and again, on the other hand, virtuous men employ it for the refutation of such doctrines, and for establishing the irresistible strength of the better and true wisdom’

Now the problem is, how is one to remember a passage so long?  I’m sure Mr. Tilling grew up going to AWANA programs or 5-day-clubs where he memorized scripture after scripture.  But what about us normal people?  That’s much too long a quote.

Never fear, O memory-deficient friend.  I have the solution.  The easiest way to learn something is to set it to music.  I memorized my Hebrew verb paradigms, the principle parts of the Greek verb Histemi, and the first couple dozen emperors of the Roman empire, all by setting them to music.  So for your service, I thought I’d record this little Philo diddy and let you download it as an mp3.  All this with the simple technology of my mp3 recorder (used to record seminary lectures) and my old six-string.  Now you can listen to the wisdom of Philo in your car, while exercising, or doing jobs around the house.  So let us as one Communal Feast community, joining together with wider Chrisendom world, sing together the immortal words of Philo.  Thanks Chris!  May you be forever blessed, encouraged, and intellectually stimulated.

  1. July 8, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    That is absolutely classic!! 🙂

    Anja and I had a real laugh listening to that, btw. And the Plotinus line was perfect!

  2. July 8, 2008 at 6:59 pm

    Glad you liked it. Maybe you and I could collaborate for a new worship album or something.

  3. July 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    We loved it!

  4. July 10, 2008 at 8:27 am

    This is perfect for my next mix cd on The Blah Blah – “Philo (and Other Dead Guys)”.

  5. July 10, 2008 at 9:26 am

    We need a youtube video with a bouncing ball for that!

  6. bdstimpson
    July 10, 2008 at 11:54 am

    Ha ha! I love the bouncing ball idea! Sadly, there’s such a lack of Philo in karaoke bars these days. 😦

  7. August 2, 2008 at 8:07 pm


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