From an Email to a Muslim Correspondent

Posted in Uncategorized on June 26, 2020 by marksamuels

“There are a series of assent-propositions that lead up to religious adherence, whether one goes down the classical philosophical or the fideist route. The atheist does not get any further than opposition to the first step on that journey. The agnostic, on the other hand, puts it all to one side as “terra incognita”. I know one or two individuals who are, following their own moral code, “enlightened” pagans with behaviour-patterns utterly indistinguishable from those of atheists. What they’ve done is to accept that materialism is not sufficient to explain reality (which it isn’t) and recognise that ultimate meaning is discernible, but then stop short, as they are not prepared to cede the necessity of, therefore, submitting to God’s will: they still appear to think that God exists for man’s purpose, not man for God’s purpose. I think they’re more contemptible than (genuinely ignorant or modernity-conditioned) atheists. It’s all a sort of consequence-free philosophical parlour-game for them since they chuckle over the notion of revelation as the final piece of the jigsaw and, instead, regard it as wholly superfluous.

There are, of course, as many diversions of theological and jurisprudence views in Christianity as there are in Islam. I think the difference, right now, is that the West is busily, viciously, dismantling its own spiritual tradition from within. I think the Marxist postmodernists in the West will have a shock because Islam is now set fair, over the next few generations, to fill that vacuum for them. And, to be honest, for a traditional Catholic, provided the Islam that triumphs is not of the Sunni Salafist or Shia Jihadist school, then the society it produces could well be a huge improvement over the incoherent mess we’ve currently got. At least it’s theist and morally coherent. Naturally, I favour an internal restoration of traditional Catholic values, but I don’t see any real prospect of it happening.

The current Pope tries to be all things to all men. Still, one respects the office and prays for him. As for the Old and New Testament; God reveals his nature to men through scripture in a progressive revelation culminating in the Incarnation. The new covenant fulfils, rather than replaces, the old covenant. The idea of a wrathful, jealous, desert God is simply the interpretation had, at that time, by the tribes of Israel who first bore witness. I don’t think God, of his very essence, can actually be wrathful, jealous etc. There is the question of Christ, hypostasis, and His position of course; but these would lead me into the whole Triune God issue and the Mystery of Faith.”

Mark S.

 

Brothers, You Know What I Mean.

Posted in Uncategorized on June 22, 2020 by marksamuels

Mark S.

I Got Somethin’ to Say Baby

Posted in Uncategorized on June 18, 2020 by marksamuels

and you better listen.

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Mark S.

Vital Realities

Posted in Uncategorized on June 16, 2020 by marksamuels

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But this “ethos” also encompasses euthanasia, viz, from the TLO:

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“A bidet in a bathroom”? Give me a break. This is “compassion as pathology”. As I explained in an essay in my book Prophecies and Dooms:

“Now, since human consciousness is a “mistake”, what solution do Zapffe and Ligotti offer to rectify the problem? Simple; that man cease to reproduce himself and that the species gradually ease itself voluntarily into non-existence. It all sounds so non-confrontational, peace-loving and warmly fuzzy in a nice liberal way. And this solution, in the guise of the antinatalism (hereafter AN) movement, has certainly been gathering followers lately, and is something of a phenomenon on internet social media. You soon discover that these are actually highly vociferous people who also routinely advocate dissemination of euthanasia, sterilization, abortion and suicide, on the borderland of obsession. If you have never been on the receiving end of these people’s ferocious tolerance, I can only say I envy you.

Admittedly I find it hard to accept their “elimination-of-humanity-as-a-whole” to be in the nature of a moral goal, and those people would, I imagine, be duly outraged by someone advocating the disappearance of individual yet collective groupings of humanity; for example, women, Jews, Gypsies or Blacks. Think of how many unborn generations were “spared having been brought into the suffering that is existence” by the efficiency of the industrial killing methods employed by totalitarian regimes. Indeed, the grim end-logic of the AN movement is that any relatively painless and quick act that leads to the destruction of human beings is not necessarily a crime at all, but rather a pre-emptive act of mercy killing.”

The TLO has become a self-censoring philosophical cult. It does not allow anything other than circumscribed debate.

Mark S.

The Secret of the Latter-Day Gnostics

Posted in Uncategorized on June 11, 2020 by marksamuels

A Lesson on This Feast Day of Corpus Christi.

“Now the Manichean was so overwhelmed by the experience or prospect of suffering and by the appalling fact that his nature was subject to mortality, that he took refuge in denying the omnipotent goodness of a Creator. He said that evil was at work in the universe just as much as good; the two principles were always fighting as equals one against the other. Man was subject to the one just as much as to the other. If he could struggle at all he should struggle to join the good principle and avoid the power of the bad principle, but he must treat evil as an all-powerful thing. The Manichean recognized an evil god as well as a good god, and he attuned his mind to that appalling conception.

Such a mood bred all sorts of secondary effects. In some men it would lead to devil worship, in many more to magic, that is a dependence on something other than one’s own free will, to tricks by which we might stave off the evil power or cheat it. It also led, paradoxically enough, to the doing of a great deal of evil deliberately, and saying either that it could not be helped or that it did not matter, because we were in any case under the thrall of a thing quite as strong as the power for good and we might as well act accordingly.”

Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies

Love Itself Matters

Posted in Uncategorized on June 8, 2020 by marksamuels

 

Mark S.