Is Theism the result of Tea-Drinking?

Jerome Gellman, in The Routledge Companion to Theism (2012) says yes, Theism is the result of tea-drinking … but not for Jews:

I can verify that this is indeed OED’s second definition of “theism”, coming after the more well-known definition of theism1 (which has to do with God and stuff):

I especially like that quote from the 1886 issue of Science, which explains that the form of “theism” in the reference to “acute, subacute and chronic ‘theism’ … has no connection with theological matters”. Nice.

As Simon Blackburn, in The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy (2016), s.v. “theism”, confirms, what we have here with theism1 and theism2 is “homonymy”.

Homonymy. That certainly sounds like something that most forms of theism would frown upon.


I’m retiring to make wine in the Golan Heights: We do not seek to solve the mystery—we embrace it

Gilgal's Cab Sav - Note the image of Gilgal Refaim ("The Circle of Giants") on the label
Gilgal’s Cab Sav – Note the image of Gilgal Refaim (“The Circle of Giants”) on the label

It’s been a pleasure blogging on the reception of biblical giants these last 15 months. But I’ve decided to retire to the fertile wine-growing district which is the Golan Heights, where I will be the chief wine-taster for Gilgal Wines, a wine producer named after the mysterious archaeological site known as “Gilgal Refaim” (גִּלְגַּל רְפָאִים‎‎; Rujm el-Hiri [رجم الهرة]):

On a wide plateau in the Golan Heights region lies the ancient, mysterious rock structure called the Gilgal Refaim. Although it is millennia old, very little is actually known about the Gilgal Refaim or those who built it.

Gilgal in Hebrew translates to circle. Refaim translates to ghosts. However, according to legend, Refaim was also a race of giants who lived in the Bashan (present-day Golan Heights). To this day it remains a mystery to historians, scholars, and archaeologists.

We do not seek to solve the mystery—we embrace it.

– “Gilgal Refaim”,

Gilgal Refaim / Rujm el-Hiri
Gilgal Refaim / Rujm el-Hiri

May the Giants be with you always.