Where We Should Be, and Where We Are
With the behaviour of Dr. Neil Tyson, we can see the further Establishment-backed destruction of the concept of Truth, in favour of the far more useful (to the Establishment) concept of the Narrative. This shouldn’t be a surprise in a secularist-materialist culture, where Power defines Truth.
Christians are not to follow in the footsteps of Our Noble Leaders and Shining Celebrities. We have a different God to worship, a God that demands Truth – and will punish His Own if they depart from the way of integrity.
Now, are Christians ready to take their appointed place, as the priests we all should be? (With the blessing of God granted for obedience, regardless of institutional support or the lack thereof..)
No, we are NOT ready to take the seat of authority – spiritual and worldly – God has made for us.
- Too many Christian cheats, charlatans and slackers. Christians have earned a poor reputation in both the business world and in the world of academia. (Nevermind the pathetic, subservient joke of fourth-rate Christian Colleges!)
- Far too few Christians are willing to pay the price for victory — a price that, even with excellent work (rather than the slop-shod trash Christians usually prefer & produce), will often not be remembered a year after the worker has died. But then again, any Christian working for fame and public praise – instead of something worthwhile and enduring and of eternal worth, like the Glory of God – is going to find his reward in this life, not the next.
- The cowardly twin delusions of
- The “let’s never fight against evil” of the Rapture-ready crowd – and the broken Christians they produce, neutered and powerless in a way Satan appreciates, and
- The “let’s empower Man’s ever-changing, ever-self-serving pseudo-Law, and despise God’s eternal, excellent, and solid standard of right and wrong” faction of the Christian (cough) faith. Odd, that the Two Kingdom theologians are perfectly satisfied with ever-expanding State authority, and the ever-shrinking voice of Church and Family…
Can we get ready? Yes! But we simply must homeschool – rather than hand our children to the God-despising, State-adoring collectivists – and we need those intact families. Not only because mother can focus on the children while father works (and so infuriating Our Masters), but also because it is the father who teaches delayed gratification. We need delayed gratification, to build anything worthwhile and lasting – including science worthy of the name (grounded in objective truth, not crowd- and elite-pleasing ideology) and to take back the culture a delusional and strong minority has stolen from weak and spineless majority.
(And rest assured, the culture will be inevitably fling aside by The Merciful Ones, once all the money and power has been
completely sucked dry, leaving only a raped, impoverished, and ignorant husk, without God or Family or Church, or Children, or even Hope. Our Heroic Leadership, on the other hand, will simply be looking for the next useful set of lies to push, or the next power-centre to hijack and strip naked. I’m looking at you, third-world home churches, small local groups, and independent clubs!
On the other hand, after the Great Default and the decentralization that modern technology brings, the Establishment will never again enjoy the centralized, unquestioned authority it had in the 1940s and 50s. No matter how many small clubs and house churches it hijacks, it will never again have the sheer, above-the-law power it has today over hundreds of millions, even billions.
Shall we weep a river of tears for Our Master’s plight?)
The Rot in the Heart of Our Masters
When you read the article on Dr. Tyson, you will note that Wikipedia is intent on suppressing the easily verified truth of the many claims the good doctor offers.
Some atheists do want to extend fact-checking to their own people, like Hemant Mehta:
I give similar speeches at different places. Believe me, I’ve made mistakes in my talks before. But if and when someone points them out to me, I do my best to fix them. I would expect no less from Dr. Tyson.
Considering that Tyson is speaking at Apostacon on Friday night — to an audience full of skeptics — it would behoove them all to be on the lookout for these quotations or others like them. Do some fact-checking while you’re listening to him. Challenge him if you can’t verify what he says.
If a pastor or right-wing conservative did it, we’d be calling them out on it immediately. Tyson doesn’t deserve a free pass just because his intentions are pure. It certainly wouldn’t (or shouldn’t) get by in an academic setting, and just because he often speaks to a lay audience doesn’t mean he should make up quotations or fail to cite them if they’re real.
However, based on their assumptions on the nature of reality (and morality, of course), I don’t really expect a majority of atheists to do anything more than say whatever gets them what they want, in the here and now.
(The fact that most Christians behave no better is a reason for shame on our part. WE are supposed to serve a transcendent, uncreated Lord that we cannot touch, who created the universe and infused it with His Word (information). Who has established an unchanging Law, to which we will be held to account.
THEY can follow some charming political hustler with a fine suit (…or a fine uniform…) because they can touch and hear both the Leader, and the shiny black boots he (…or his friends…) are wearing.
- ‘As for truth… what of it? That’s just cultural groupthink, nothing more.’
- ‘Law? Oh, that’s just what the Right People say it is, today. Subject to revision to whatever gives them the most power’n’pleasure tomorrow. The destruction of any enduring Natural Law was the entire point of Darwin, of course!’
The faster Christians get into conformity with God – and out of conformity with the current (and temporary) Powers of the Age, the better!)
Admittedly, I believe that there will remain a minority of atheists who will hold on to behaviour not supported by their beliefs, and rise above my expectations – paging George Orwell, Ludwig von Mises, and Murray Rothbard – but they are not going to be the charismatic leaders of any Bright, Shining
Lie Future. Charismatic types with smooth words will be the Masters, and they will behave exactly as they have always done before – “Service to the State! Glory to <whatever>!”
However, I expect Christians who fear God as their Maker and Judge to do and act differently. The Christian assumptions on reality simply do not permit them to act like Our Loving Benefactors do.
(Especially as Our Wise Benefactors seems to be confused on evolution: is it an elegant marvel, or a wasteful process?)
Unlike the Darwinians and Darwin himself (being consistent with his materialistic assumptions), we must please God, and not Men.
Wikipedia Fun – and a Serious Aside
Wikipedia continues to follow the current trend of Saganizing Science, turning the discipline from a search for truth to a reaffirmation of joint beliefs.
Now, you can fix Wikipedia, or use Conservapedia. I myself am waiting for something else, but until then, I use Wikipedia – it remains useful, despite the Establishment fanboys with way too much time on their hands.
And sometimes, you can get a little treat like this:
Peter Mullen (born 11 January 1942) is a British clergyman ordained in the Church of England. He is the former Rector of St Michael, Cornhill and St Sepulchre-without-Newgate in the City of London. Mullen is Chaplain to the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators, one of the Livery Companies of the City of London and the Anglican Chaplain to the London Stock Exchange, a largely honorific and historical post.
Life and career
He was ordained into the Church of England in 1970. He became Chaplain and Head of Religious Education (RE) at Whitecroft School, Bolton in 1974. In 1977 he was appointed Vicar of Tockwith and Bilton-in-Ainsty with Bickerton, Diocese of York, where he remained until 1989. He was censured in 1989 by the Church of England for committing adultery with a parishioner, and as a consequence had to resign from his incumbency in Yorkshire. From 1989 to 1997 he was banned from performing priestly duties. Mullen has written an article on his adultery.
He became Priest-in-Charge of St Michael’s Cornhill & St Sepulchre-without-Newgate and Chaplain to the Stock Exchange in 1998. He later was confirmed as Rector of St Michael, Cornhill. He retired on his seventieth birthday in January 2012, but remains the chaplain to the Freedom Association.
Mullen is noted for his criticism of homosexuality. Writing on his online blog, he stated that homosexuals should carry health warnings, for instance, “Sodomy may seriously damage your health”. He later explained that his comments were ‘satirical’, and went further by saying that he has homosexual friends. Nonetheless, a spokesman for the Diocese of London made an announcement distancing the Bishop and fellow clergy from Mullen’s statements, following which these comments were removed from his blog. He later apologized. Mullen has also called for tax-payer funded homosexual parades to be banned, describing them as “obscene”.
Mullen is Eurosceptic and in March 2010, he spoke at a United Kingdom Independence Party event in Chichester, where he denounced the European Union and Islam. He has mocked Muslims, saying there could be an “agreeable carnage” at the start of the annual Hajj in Mecca: “They usually manage to stampede and slaughter quite a few hundred of their co-religionists. Just imagine for a moment what a field day the BBC and the left-wing press in England would have if anything even remotely as bad as that happened in Vatican Square at Christmas or Easter”. He added that Muslims “lend themselves to ridicule: sticking their arses in the air five times a day. How about a few little choruses, ‘Randy Muslims when they die/Find 70 virgins in the sky’?”
Mullen is a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal. He has also written for the Daily Telegraph in support of preserving traditional forms of Anglican worship. Mullen has argued it should be permissible to use force against a burglar, even that resulting in death, and that burglars forfeit all their rights by their actions.
Unusually for a Church of England cleric, Dr. Mullen steadfastly believes in God. This has made him unpopular with the ‘modernisers’ and left-leaning, politically correct twerps that now infest the Church of England, and who are destroying it day by day. Dr. Mullen insists upon using the King James version of The Holy Bible and will not use any text excepting The Book of Common Prayer for his services. This infuriates the Church heirarchy who prefer texts involving Noddy going to Heaven in a Little Red Car and similar nonsensical rubbish.
The above is of Sept 21, 2014, and I doubt that it won’t last long. But it was there for a time, and it was seen by more than the writer.
On the serious side… I must point out that this solid defender of the truth was himself an adulterer, much like King David was. Depressingly, those who stand with the Lord often give the Enemy the opportunity to accuse and attack them, and bring His People down, just as King David suffered. There is Only One Law – not ‘This Law for the enemy, and that Law for myself and my friends!’
God’s People really need to keep an eye on this!
On the other hand, I still respect that final paragraph, especially that bit, “Unusually for a Church of England cleric, Dr. Mullen steadfastly believes in God.”
It’s not that God’s People are perfect and just… it’s that God’s People believe that there is such a thing as Justice, the Perfection is worth perusing (even if we don’t get it in this life), that Truth IS, and it’s worth fighting for!
(Thank you North for bringing up the man to my attention!)
Postscript: Light at the End of the Essay
While putting this post together, I found a few articles that didn’t fit, but deserve more readers:
How Richard Dawkins made me a Christian: where the author contrasted the claims of Dawkins with what he saw with his own eyes;
Materialist Ethics and the “Except Me” Tradition: or, “Why life is completely meaningless… except for me, and the stuff I write, which you should read and take seriously.”
On not putting all your theological eggs into one basket: mainly because of the wonderful initial paragraph…
If you had to summarize your reasons for believing in God in ten words or less, how would you do it? Here’s what I’d say: “The world is contingent, complex, fine-tuned, rule-governed, mathematical and beautiful.” For me, these features of the world point towards a Being Who is necessary (or self-explanatory), perfectly integrated, and limitlessly intelligent, creative and bountiful – a Being in Whom we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28).
I like it… I like it a lot!
But I admit, my reasons for believing in God is a lot more focused on the demand for Truth, Justice and Law that is not merely the Arbitrary Will of Powerful Men.
I demand something better, and God provides.
The Establishment… simply doesn’t.