Apres nous, le deluge


"According to convention there is a sweet and a bitter, a hot and a cold, and according to convention there is order.
In truth there are atoms and a void."

Democritus of Abdera, c. 400 B.C.

Pyrex victory
Most folks see that if the Christian religion is really old Pagan religion shuffled once, then it's not true. I often get email from people who reckon that's swell. They thank me for putting Christianity in it's place—on the fiction shelf with the other tired myths.

A Pyrex victory

A Pyrex victory is named for a Greek general who, congratulated on a costly victory against the Romans, or someone, replied: "Three more wins like that, and we're whipped." Or something unforgettable like that.

Pyrex wasn't his real name, by the way. His friends just called him that, because he had a glass eye, I think.


But if toppling the Christian myth is the outcome of a reasoned look at the facts, then, well, that sucks. In western culture the Christ myth is the myth that carries value and meaning. Without the Christ myth we don't have a coherent way to conceptualize good and bad, right and wrong. The modern scientific rationalism that toppled the myth cannot carry meaning or value—does not recognize the concepts right and wrong, good and bad. What experiment can you imagine to measure good? There isn't one.

And if scientific rationalism is all we've got, my friend, then absent thee from felicity a while; wise general Pyrex didn't have us in mind, maybe, but he had us bang to rights.

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On your page you have a section entitled "Pyrex Victory." The proper term is actually "Pyrrhic Victory" after the Greek general Pyrrhus who defeated the Romans in 279BC.
Thought you'd like to know :)

I need to tell you—it's not a "Pyrex" victory, but a Pyrrhic victory.
I would suggest changing that. The mistake makes you look, well, not as smart as you should. Pyrex is a type of glass that's good to cook with.
all the best,

I notice that you use the expression "Pyrex victory"—are you serious or is this a joke. Do you mean "A Pyrrhus' victory" or a "pyrrich victory"? Could you clarify where you.ve read about a pyrex general?
Thanks, Arthur

I think a victory gained at too great a cost is a Pyrrhic victory and not a "Pyrex" (sic) victory (unless of course you are making some kind of joke about glass eyes?:) It is named after Pyrrhus king of Epirus who defeated the Romans at Asculum in 279 BC
(at great cost of course:).

There is only one minor error that I noticed in your great website. This is with regard to your description of a "Pyrex victory." Instead, I believe you are referring to a "Pyrrhic victory:"
Pyrrhic victory \PIR-ik\, noun:
A victory achieved at great or excessive cost; a ruinous victory.
A Pyrrhic victory is so called after the Greek king Pyrrhus, who, after suffering heavy losses in defeating the Romans in 279 B.C., said to those sent to congratulate him, "Another such victory over the Romans and we are undone."
Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for Pyrrhic victory
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