Tremble before the Scholars! TREMBLE!

The reviewer who happens to be a Christian believer might well approach this book with trepidation.

As if the title doesn’t say it all, the wrapper blurb describes the Christian faith as ‘violent, ruthless and intolerant’, and historian Michael Scott, quoted on the back cover, says of Nixey’s ‘elegant and ferocious text’ that it ‘paints a dark but riveting picture of life at the time of the “triumph” of Christianity’. One expects to have to face Dawkins with the gloves off.

In fact it’s better than that. In a total of 18 chapters (strictly 16 plus a prologue and introduction) Ms Nixey delivers a powerful and scholarly attack on almost every major aspect of Christianity during the first four or five centuries of its existence. She is clearly both learned and intelligent. The charges she levels against Christianity are generally well-based and deserve respect.

I grow weary of people who demand respect from Christians… and who are careful to give none in return.

Like many writers against Christianity, the author takes pains to show that she understands her enemy from within and is capable of appreciating any good things it achieved (even if they be few). Her father, she tells us, was an ex-monk, her mother a former nun. Apparently they were both in good odour with the Church, for she explains that the family regularly went together to Mass each week, and that her parents were strong defenders of the value of Catholic culture and education.

Yadda yadda yadda.

I also hear that Stalin was a monk as well, the Kim dictatorship in North Korea was rooted in a North Korean Christian family, and most of the cadre of early Communist China came from the Christian mission schools. Never mind Islam, itself a major Christian heresy…

All that means that, as the Kingdom of God snuffs our Satan’s Kingdom – most certainly including the demonic Roman Empire — the enemy is left to raid Christians to get the troops he needs.

(See Apostate for more info.)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, when all Christians who still exist have no interest in sending their children to be sacrificed to Moloch in the government schools & the abortuaries?

Let’s see how many beating it will take, how much contempt they will accept, before these people finally decide to take their God seriously.

(I am not holding my breath.

In fact, I am certain that there will be no Christian challenge to the Establishment. Instead, pagan power will merely fall apart of its own accord… with Christians desperately trying to save and protect it.

“Oh, for the leeks and onions of Egypt!”

Same story, different verse.)

Ms Nixey claims that only one per cent of ancient Latin literature has survived, and implies that this terrible loss of books is entirely due to Christian bigotry. I cannot imagine how she could possibly have arrived at such a figure. It could be true, of course, but it cannot be known.

We cannot come close to calculating how many words were written down by the ancients – the very thought of such an estimate is preposterous – but what we can be sure of is that we possess a good proportion of what the ancients considered to be their own best literature, the so-called classics. And our reasonable certainty about this arises from internal evidence: authors mention each other.

So we know which writers were highly regarded in their own society and we know the titles of particular works that were admired. We therefore have a pretty good idea of the gaps. Thousands of lines of the poet Ovid survive, for example, but his one drama, Medea, has long since disappeared.

St Augustine was greatly influenced by Cicero’s Hortensius, but it has completely vanished. Enormous quantities of Cicero’s speeches, letters, oratorical treatises and philosophical works survive, but the Hortensius sadly is not among them. One would love to have the Medea and the Hortensius, and one might even appreciate the discovery of some of the lost books of Livy, but in the meantime we should be grateful for the material we do have (regardless of the percentage!), confident that it includes most of the best things that were written, and that Christian scribes preserved it for us.

For censorship done right, I refer to turn to Voltaire, who managed to write an entire history of Europe and mention Christianity exactly once, during a river crossing.

I am certain that, if you compare the actual impact of Christianity on your nation with that taught in the secularist government schools, you will find a complete or near-complete erasure. An erasure not one secularist is going to complain about.1

Ms Nixey believes that the number of Christians martyred was very much smaller than has been commonly thought. She accepts Gibbon’s claim that the average number of executions of Christian was about 150 per year, but only during the years of persecution, which she asserts were spasmodic and few. She adds that the estimate has been dropping in recent centuries as a consequence of better scholarship and the exposure of mythical martyr stories.

There may be some truth in this, but in refocusing thus she cannot avoid painting a picture of successive Roman administrations as relatively benign and well-disposed towards their wayward citizenry: kindly magistrates try to persuade stubborn Christians to make the formal sacrifice necessary to show their allegiance to the state.

While the extent of Christian sufferings is minimized,

“While the extent of Christian sufferings is minimized…”

You know what I think?

I think – no, I am certain as a mortal can be – that in the future, some pale and pathetic initiation of our own Mighty Establishment will insist that the ‘supposed persecutions’ of Nazi Germany and the Communist states were grossly exaggerated, that all that bloodshed and murder didn’t really happen.

They will do this, because those supposed Future Masters will have knives and guns and electric cattle prods that they will be desperate to put to work themselves.

the author is unsparing in her pity for the remnant of the old Athenian Academy who suffered persecution at the hands of Christians. There is no doubt that once Christianity became the majority religion its supporters actively turned against the pagan diehards, but to say of one philosopher that ‘he was beaten before a judge until the blood flowed down his back’ (p. xxviii) is almost to weep crocodile tears.

LOTS of crocodile tears.

The account is no doubt true, but against the savage backdrop of Roman law enforcement it is little more than routine. Most of her sympathy is reserved for pagans, though, and her concern for those who could no longer worship their own gods sounds less than sincere on the lips of an atheist.

I think what the writer truly weeps for is the might and power of the Empire… and not the gods the Empire propped up, as servants to Itself.

On Gibbon’s figures the Romans were pussycats by comparison. Is that really likely? Her claims would be more convincing is she had attempted to assess the evidence of the numerous Christian martyrologies, including the work of the Bollandists, but there is no sign that she took them into account.

“All the evidence that fits.”

This review has not been particularly kind. I respect the author’s scholarship but sense that she has been forced by her own prejudices into painting a picture of the pagan world that is absurdly generous. The pagan world is noble for its elegance and its artistry. By contrast she cannot resist the temptation to compare the Christians to the modern Islamic State Caliphate, barbarians and vulgarians, vengeful and destructive.

The Establishment always despises those who do not kneel and worship itself above all things.

Too bad.

So sad.

Her argument is not advanced by her choice of illustrations which contribute nothing and fruitlessly add, no doubt, to the cost of production: we are shown a statue of a pagan goddess with her nose chopped off as an illustration of intolerant Christian vulgarity; there are busts of Constantine and Lucretius; a fanciful 19th century painting of martyrs in the arena; Hypatia, of course, gets a look in; and there are several icons of Christian saints looking fierce, intolerant and slightly mad.

Good theatre perhaps, but valueless in the context of debate.

Propaganda pieces show their true colours… rather easily, for those who have eyes to see.

I respect her for that and acknowledge the difficulty of reviewing a book by one whose views are very different from one’s own and who is understandably outraged by religious zeal when it manifests itself in the persecution of its erstwhile persecutors.

Christians are to uncover the truth of the matter, as God commands. This is more difficult when filaments of carefully selected half-truths are wrapped in a pile of cant Official Establishment Doctrine.

Christians, like all men, can be mean-spirited. It is Grace alone that sets us apart.

I have no interest in being ‘mean-spirited’…. only in truth, justice, law, and righteousness.

I an not such a fool to believe that a culture – ancient or modern – that is solely focused on money and power and pleasure (…and it’s protection from hostile outsiders…) has any interest in what interests me.

Let the Beast of Revelations scream and die.

God’s people have a Kingdom to built.


1 Well, they might mention the Inquisition. And the Crusades. And the “Dark Ages”. Those incidents, combined, should make up ALL you need to know about Christianity, so far as Our Betters are concerned.

You want the truth? Spend your own money, raise up your own networks… for I can guarantee that you will not get a penny of tax money for it. In contrast to the secularist, who get all they want, and more, with all the academic, government funding, and media backing you could imagine.

And yet, despite all the power and money and might they have, I am glad not to be One of Them.

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There are Four Lights!

From Uncommon Descent


Recently one of my clients asked me, “what if one of my staff members refuses to call this boy a girl or refuses to use feminine pronouns when referring to him?”  What indeed?  The boy is not a girl.  It is one thing for the Colorado Civil Rights Division to require the school to allow him to act as if he were a girl.  But it is an entirely different matter to require members of the school’s staff to actually say (either expressly or by implication through use of feminine pronouns) that  he is a girl.  It is one thing to allow the little boy to lie; it is something else to require a staff member to participate in the lie.  So what is the school to do?  Must it fire or otherwise discipline a staff member who refuses to participate in the lie that a boy is a girl?

This issue has not been adjudicated yet in Colorado, but other jurisdictions have spoken.  The New York City Commission on Human Rights, for example, requires employers, landlords, and all businesses and professionals to use an employee’s, tenant’s, customer’s, or client’s preferred pronoun regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth.  The New York Commission not only celebrates the lie; it  requires others to join it.  I am reminded of O’Brien’s interrogation of Winston in 1984:

‘You are a slow learner, Winston,’ said O’Brien gently.

‘How can I help it?’ he blubbered. ‘How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes?  Two and two are four.’

‘Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder.

If you were hauled before the New York Commission, you might say “How can I help seeing the self-evident binary nature of human sexuality?  There is male.  There is female.  There are no other options; to force me to say otherwise would be to force me lie.”  To which some functionary of the Commission would respond, “You are a slow learner.  There are many genders.  You must try harder.”

At that point you will be faced with a choice.  You can stand firm, refuse to participate in the lie, and accept the consequences.  Or you can, like Winston, learn to love Big Brother. —Barry Arrington Will Your Conscience be a Casualty in the Progressives’ War on Science?


Big Brother — the epitome of the State, “the Source of the Law” — is dying. But don’t expect the Beast…

(the Revelations 13 government we have today, as opposed to the Romans 13 government we should be living under)

..to go gown easy.

What Christian teacher should do is refuse to kneel, and accept the consequences. That’s how Christendoms are born. That is how civilizations worthy of the name are born.

What the vast majority will do, of course, is lick the boots of their masters. Their human masters… quite likely, the only master that really matters to them, when the chips are down.

“But God is blind and powerless, so He will see nothing, and do nothing,” they think in the comfort of their tombs.

A minority won’t kneel. It’s that minority that God has His eyes on.

Again, from the article:


As for me, if I am ever faced with this choice, I will resist the tyranny as Alexander Solzhenitsyn did — through personal non-participation in lies, and I will accept the consequences, just as he did.  I will leave you with an excert from Solzhenitsyn’s Live Not By Lies dated February 12, 1974 (the same day he was arrested):

When violence intrudes into peaceful life, its face glows with self-confidence, as if it were carrying a banner and shouting: ‘I am violence. Run away, make way for me — I will crush you.’ But violence quickly grows old. And it has lost confidence in itself, and in order to maintain a respectable face it summons falsehood as its ally — since violence can conceal itself with nothing except lies, and the lies can be maintained only by violence. And violence lays its ponderous paw not every day and not on every shoulder. It demands from us only obedience to lies and daily participation in lies — all loyalty lies in that.

And the simplest and most accessible key to our self-neglected liberation lies right here: Personal non-participation in lies. Though lies conceal everything, though lies embrace everything, we will be obstinate in this smallest of matters: Let them embrace everything, but not with any help from me.

It’s dangerous. But let us refuse to say that which we do not think.

No, it will not be the same for everybody at first. Some, at first, will lose their jobs. For young people who want to live with truth, this will, in the beginning, complicate their young lives very much, because the required recitations are stuffed with lies, and it is necessary to make a choice.

And he who is not sufficiently courageous even to defend his soul — don’t let him be proud of his ‘progressive’ views, and don’t let him boast that he is an academician or a people’s artist, a merited figure, or a general — let him say to himself: I am in the herd, and a coward. It’s all the same to me as long as I’m fed and warm.

You say it will not be easy? But it will be easiest of all possible resources. It will not be an easy choice for a body, but it is only one for a soul. No, it is not an easy path. But there are already people, even dozens of them, who over the years have maintained all these points and live by the truth.

So you will not be the first to take this path, but will join those who have already taken it. This path will be easier and shorter for all of us if we take it by mutual efforts and in close rank. If there are thousands of us, they will not be able to do anything with us. If there are tens of thousands of us, then we would not even recognize our country.

If we are too frightened, then we should stop complaining that someone is suffocating us. We ourselves are doing it. Let us then bow down even more, let us wait, and our brothers the biologists will help to bring nearer the day when they are able to read our thoughts are worthless and hopeless.

And if we get cold feet, even taking this step, then we are worthless and hopeless, and the scorn of Pushkin should be directed to us:

‘Why should cattle have the gifts of freedom?

‘Their heritage from generation to generation is the belled yoke and the lash.’


God expects Christians to build a different civilization, a better civilization, than that of mindless cattle, peacefully led to the slaughter, mouthing any string of words their laughing masters feed them.

Continue reading There are Four Lights!

Deeply Corrupt

“Only the deepest of the corrupt pretend that the nature of a thing killed changes based on the sound of the syllables a mouth utters to name it.”
Edward H. Sisson, commenting on the use of the word “fetus” to describe a pre-born human.
Things are nasty as they are, because the official churches – pastors and laymen alike – of our nations are simply uninterested in risking their comfortable positions to crush evil.
So, evil will crush them, just as God let in the Assyrians and the Babylonians to destroy His Chosen People.
Is such victory for Satan inevitable?
NO: rest assured, God is raising up new nations, new peoples, to stand for Him. And this will be extremely obvious as this century goes on, especially after the welfare states go down and the aging democratic trends – most strongest in those nations that despise Him most – become a hurricane.
But that won’t save those who, in their comfort and ease in Egypt, chose to despise their Lord and God. Willful, consistent, determined traitors have no place in the Kingdom… and the Kingdom will cover the entire earth, as well as the heavens.

Stepping Around the Obvious

From an article regarding pterosaur eggs, recently found in China.

The key words are bolded:

  • Hundreds of Pterosaur Eggs Found in Record-Breaking Fossil Haul (National Geographic). “The eggs fossilized in lake sediments disturbed by fast-moving water, a sign that storms may have flooded a nesting site and sent the eggs bobbing into a large lake, where soupy mud entombed them.”
  • Huge haul of rare pterosaur eggs excites palaeontologists (Nature News). “…they were probably washed together by a storm event…”
  • Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs Hold Perfectly Preserved Embryos Inside (Live Science).
  • Hundreds of fossilized eggs shed light on pterosaur development (Science Daily).
  • Fossilised eggs shed light on reign of pterosaurs (BBC News). “Geological evidence suggests large numbers of the flying reptiles died in a storm in the Early Cretaceous period, about 120 million years ago.”
  • Hundreds of pterosaur eggs help reveal the early life of flying reptiles (The Conversation). The lead photo shows the bone bed. Elizabeth Martin-Silverstone writes, “Researchers think this means it was a nesting site that was hit by high-energy storms that transported the pterosaurs and their eggs to a calm lake where they were then turned into fossils.”

“Storms.”

“High-Energy Storms”

Hmm-hmmm……

Violating The Objectivity of Science

From Creation Evolution Headlines:

While the admission of a design for the universe ultimately raises the question of a Designer (a subject outside of science), the scientific method does not allow us to exclude data which lead to the conclusion that the universe, life and man are based on design. To be forced to believe only one conclusion—that everything in the universe happened by chance—would violate the very objectivity of science itself.
— Wernher von Braun, rocket pioneer, 1972.

Of course, most scientists are liberals/democratic secularists in the US, so it’s unsurprising that the objectivity of science is moving to kaput.

(…just plain “kaput” by 2030 or so…)

After all, if your Ruling Elite just don’t plain believe in objective truth, or a fixed moral code, everything is going to go to pot.

And yet… it’s not scientific objectivity that is dead: just the current scientific establishment.

After all, the scientific establishment will then be as lunatic as the judicial, academic and media establishments. And after a while, the intensely biased secular priesthoods will be properly and comprehensively delegitimized their own delusions and incompetence… and, even more, by the efforts to suppress news of their delusions and incompetence.

It will, just as it was before, up to Christians to establish and strengthen a form of science that is tied to reality as we live it, rather than reality as we merely wish it to be, or just as yet another exercise of Establishment power and control.

Scientists, Journalists, and Democrats

While reading  A tale from the decline of science journalism: Facts don’t matter, I decided to check out the original source article, The Death of Science Journalism, where I read….

How times have changed. According to Gallup, Americans’ trust in the media has fallen from 72% in 1976 to 32% in 2016. The partisan divide is striking: Trust among Democrats (51%) is higher than among Independents (30%) and Republicans (14%). When asked their opinion of the honesty and ethics of various professions, journalists perform rather poorly, ranking below chiropractors and bankers and just above lawyers.

The partisan divide is easy to explain. Among journalists, Democrats outnumber Republicans by about 4 to 1. It’s naive to believe that such a partisan imbalance has no effect on the tone or quality of press coverage.

However, it is doubtful that fact alone accounts for the widespread distrust of journalists. After all, among scientists, Democrats outnumber Republicans by 9 to 1, but the public still respects them. So, what’s going on?

I predict that — as the commitment to ideology replaces the commitment to truth in the sciences — the Republican public’s respect for scientists will fall quite sharply.

(Democrats, of course, will be perfectly fine with what’s going on: after all, their team gets to win and expand power, and gets even  more tools to grind and smash their enemies with… and isn’t that what life is really all about?)

As the majority of Christian conservatives will insist on sending their children to public schools, the number of Christians and Conservatives in America will continue to fall, and fall, and fall…. but a bottom is being reached, as the only Christians in America will be those who were homeschooled.1

 

I am confident that illogic and lies will – eventually – be defeated by logic and truth. Most Christians insist on running away from the Command to be excellent in all things, to bring all things under the dominion of Christ: their children are likely to merely follow in their footsteps, eventually becoming simply another secularist (effectively or ideologically).

And of course, part of refusing the Dominion Covenant is refusing both the First Commandment (placing the State or the People or Yourself above God) and the first commandment (to go forth and multiply)

A few Christians, following Caleb and Joshua, will walk the hard road to obeying God, putting all things under Christ – even science *gasp* – while holding on to truth, logic, and integrity (as opposed to the lies and self-serving delusions of Christ’s enemies).

The future rides with Caleb and Joshua, not those who look fondly to golden calves and Pharaohs and The People.


1 Now, we all know what the next step is: eliminate homeschooling, preferably by judicial fiat.

(Who cares about legal precedent?
That will mean about as much as it did in the marriage ‘debate’.)

But the thing is, thing are not going to stay the same. As decentralizing technology progresses — and the state draws nearer to, then toppled over, into bankruptcy — the state, the Source of the Law (and, therefore, the God) of the modern West, will be progressively delegitimized.

This delegitimization will accelerate after the Great Default, leading directly to the death of the System. But what to do as this happens, I leave for others to detail.

Moreover: the quality of the children coming out of the homeschools easily surpasses he quality of the children leaving the public schools. Most parents will cheerfully hand put their children into hard-core ideological conversion centres known as ‘prestigious universities’, in order to get bragging rights (and destroy their retirement savings, giving it to their intensely antiChristian enemies.

But a minority won’t, with their children either going directly into their own business, into the trades, less prestigious universities (less prestigious = less ideologically committed, although definitely still soft or hard left), or – and this is the smartest move – into CLEP exams and super-cheap, accredited university degrees you can get from home.

There is something to be said for pagans destroying their finances, and Christians protecting and strengthening their wealth.

But there are far too many believers, ready, willing, and able to follow the blind into the ditch.

A cold, poor, and dark ditch of ignorance.

Design YouTube Playlists, Design but not Design

For a nifty, handy YouTube playlist, check out this page from Design Disquisitions.

And for a rather desperate, secularist attempt to get the advantages of teleology, without letting God in thru the door, see Design (But Not Design) Is the New Unifying Principle of Biology. Quoted below:

So what is “teleonomy”? Mainstream scientists continue to be philosophically allergic to the idea that design (the observation) is caused by design (the intelligent process), or too afraid to be seen to acknowledge it. This has led to the coining of a new term and a new distinction: the hard-to-deny facts of biological purpose and design are now labelled “teleonomy,” whilst the contentious and frightening “theological” idea of a primordial actor or creator is now labelled as “teleology.” They loudly assert that teleology has long been discounted and now teleonomy takes its place. That’s fine if you want to believe it. All we are going to do here is to point out that facts have driven biology back towards notions of design, and mainstream scientists are going as far as they dare to bring back into biology thoughts that most of us already knew intuitively. Good for them. May it continue.

Reality is a hammer, and there is no evading its force… although you can relabel it for a while.

For strictly political reasons, of course.