The Right to Resist Arrest

I had never heard of this right, until William Norman Grigg wrote about it in www.Lewrockwell.com.

Of course, there is no such right in pagan states: and this right is disappearing in the U.S. as well.

There will come a time when the Compassionate Ones will succeed in bankrupting the State they adore. When it comes, I expect Christians to again fully restore the liberty to resist an illegal arrest. Why submit to others who want to force you to go where you don’t want to go, like some kidnapper?

Of course, as Mr. Grigg points out, women are also expected to submit to rapists. This is unChristlike, to put it mildly: the Divine order is for the wicked to crawl before the good.

Or, to borrow an image from TheRealREVO,

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Across the Stars: the eBook!

The book Across the Stars: A View of the Distant Future is now available at ePub and Kindle at a reasonable price. It’s also available for free at Scribd and right here, in the Downloads section!

This short ebook – about 40 pages – is partly a sic-fi story of the flight from a dying empire, but it’s mainly about the application of Christian and libertarian principles as guides to a better society, guidance I hope will be useful in the here and now. Freedom is the future, especially with the expanding range of technological options before us, quite possibly including the end of aging. How can we make the right choices, given this extraordinary power? I hope my book will help answer that question!

Robert Grosseteste

I just discovered an interesting article on Robert Grosseteste, from Creation Evolution Headlines. There are numerous Christian scientists in history, but this one stands out for just how he thought.

This brings us to the scientific side of this amazing individual. The encyclopedia goes on to describe the tremendous breadth of his knowledge and interest, from liberal arts to music to husbandry to finance to classical literature: “Besides being learned in the liberal arts, Grosseteste had an unusual interest in mathematical and scientific questions. He wrote a commentary on the ‘Physics’ of Aristotle; and his own scientific works included studies in meteorology, light, colour and optics. Amongst his mathematical works was a criticism of the Julian calendar, in which he pointed out the necessity for the changes introduced in the Gregorian. He attempted a classification of the various forms of knowledge; and few indeed, among his contemporaries, can have had a more encyclopedic range.” Why would a bishop be interested in science? The Grosseteste website explains,

During his lifetime, Grosseteste was an avid participant in European intellectual life. His early education had given him a taste for natural philosophy. He began producing texts on the liberal arts, and mainly on astronomy and cosmology. His most famous scientific text, De luce (Concerning Light), argued that light was the basis of all matter, and his account of creation devotes a great deal of space to the biblical text of God’s command, ‘Let there be light.’ Light also played a significant role his [sic] epistemology, as he followed the teachings of St. Augustine that the human intellect comes to know truth through illumination by divine light. Grosseteste’s interest in the natural world was further developed by his study of geometry, and he is one of the first western thinkers to argue that natural phenomenon [sic] can be described mathematically.

Notice how Genesis gave him the inspiration to pursue a mathematical analysis of light. Robert Grosseteste is a prime example of how a Biblical worldview stimulated science. In more than one case, an actual Bible verse was the stimulus. This counters the criticism of naturalistic scientists that presume scientific research comes to a halt when the answer is “God did it.” On the contrary, the question How did God do it? often spurred great thinkers to uncover the laws that they believed the great Lawgiver had designed.

While I am not a scientist, I hope to encourage others who desire to better explore and understand the magnificent Creation all around us, driven by the question, “Just how did God do it?”

Covenantal Living

First, take a look at this story: The Orthodox Surge

Now, what is covenantal living? Well, that takes us directly to ‘what is a covenant’? A covenant is a legal contract between two parties. While it is certainly possible to make a covenant between two men, here I am focusing on the believer’s covenant between himself and God.

Following the structure of the Covenant provided in Sutton’s That You May Prosper, there are five parts:

  1. Transcendence (Who is in Charge?)
  2. Hierarchy (Who do I report to?)
  3. Ethics (What are my orders?)
  4. Sanctions (What do I get if I obey/disobey?)
  5. Continuity (What is future of this convenient?)
  6. In the article presented, we see serious Orthodox Jews governing every detail of their lives, including what they buy and what they eat, in accordance to the covenant of their forefathers. Now, as Christians we understand that the food and ritual restrictions they follow have been fulfilled in Christ, who no longer regards these boundaries. But even so, these Orthodox Jews remain an example of how rigorously we should strive to live holy lives, lives lived according to the Covenant.

    Today, even though we are no longer bound to the land laws or the ritual purity laws, we are still tied to the Biblical ethical laws that shape a Christian society, and make it distinct from, say, the arbitrary tyranny of today’s secular governments.

    How then should we live a righteous life, a sanctified life pleasing to God? This is gained by obedience to the scriptures: as Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep my commandments.” And of course, as He did not come to abolish but fulfill the law, He means the Commandments of the Old Testament (which remain in force unless explicitly abolished in the New Testament).

    In regard to Covenant, I favour Ray R. Sutton’s book; Economic Covenants (and other works of the Christian Reconstruction school) are strongly represented in Gary North’s Freebooks site.

    Covenantal living is first applied to the individual, willing believer: then expands to encompass the family and the church. As people see the rewards of covenantal living, more join, and eventually you have a society that desires to pursue the godly life. For guidelines on how to apply the covenant to society – rather than grow impoverish and worthless under the guidance of politicians – then of course you will need to study Rushdoony’s work, the Institutes of Biblical Law, which you can find in Chalcedon.

An Argument Against Space…

I strongly believe that we humans will have to go to space, as I strongly doubt that God made an uncountable number of empty worlds for no reason.

BUT, there are two good arguments that suggest that we won’t be doing so before the Second Coming, due many thousands (or hundreds of thousands…) of years from now.

FIRST, the Dominion Covenant of Genesis 1:26-31 makes no mention of men ruling other worlds:

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[b] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

An argument can be made that other worlds could be considered other earths. And, with our accelerating technology and with post-millennial assumptions that we have several thousands of generations to go (in a gradually improving, increasingly godly humanity over the centuries), it is likely that we should be able to terraform worlds before the year AD 3000.

But still, the plain sense of the reading can be reasonably read to assume that there is only one earth we can live in: even terraforming Mars – the easiest world – is exceedingly expensive. It would be far cheaper to comfortably house trillions in the sea, under the earth, or in earth-bound towers than to properly terraform Mars, complete with magnetic core (Even assuming radically inproved 3D printing, nanotech, and the rest of the ‘far-future’ technologies.)

SECOND, wherever men go, so does war.

Right now, there is a sharp decline in top-tier warfare, as nuclear weapons make such a war very fatal for the power-elites that typically benefit from such conflicts. The failure of war has spread, to the extent that the U.S. military, the most powerful armed force on the planet, cannot decisively win a conflict against ~4,000 or so guerrillas in Afghanistan.

(Elsewhere, it is more potent – see the recent French war in Mali – but even the French have no interest in staying long-term in that nation. Meanwhile, in Syria…)

The ability to travel to other worlds imply the ability to sterilize said worlds, by nuclear-tipped weapons, warp-drive weapons, factional-c weapons, grey goo weapons, and whatever cruel devises sinful men can come up with.

This suggests that, soon after any interstellar empire is built, said empire will be replaced with a large number of radioactive ruins and slaughtered populations. It is reasonable to assume that such slaughter will leave humanity far worse than if they had simply remained on Earth, fearful only of the murderous tools we have already created by our own hands, instead of inventing new ones.

If we do go into space, articles like How to Tell a True War Story and Who Did You Rape in the War, Daddy? make it clear that organized violence will have to be left behind.

I don’t believe that men can do that.

Just because humans are innately evil, though, does not mean that we can’t expand into space to some extent before joyfully slaughtering ourselves over some laughable justification or other. If FTL travel remains impossible, the cost of interstellar war soars beyond conception, making it impossible for all for the foreseeable future. And even our evil nature is increasingly restricted, with steadily declining violence over the last millennia. No one ever managed to have a large-scale revival of the Roman gladiators, the Aztecs are gone for good, and it’s unlikely that either forms of Socialism will ever again have a mass following.

It’s unlikely that widespread abortion will outlast the destruction of our materialistic Lord and Saviour, the State, even assuming the universal ability to 3D print as many abortion pills as you please. The children of the future will be descended from religious parents with a rigid moral code, not sterile secularists who explicitly deny any unchanging law beyond the authority of the State.