Category: Religion & Philosophy

the metaphysical and speculative

UNZ

This is the second today [of two] on the theme of us being meant to accept something on the basis that the writer/speaker has made it through the checking process and is Officially a Good Guy.

At the end of that link is a youtube which the writer refers to below [in part]:

Scahill [man in the vid] begins by simply affirming his faith in the official story. Listen to him. He really sounds like somebody reciting scripture. He says: “I believe that the United States was attacked on 9/11 by Al Qaeda by men flying airplanes into buildings…” (DEEP STRUCTURE TRANSLATION: “I am not a heretic.” I believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost…)

Note that Scahill does not, at any point, make the slightest attempt to explain why he believes any of this. He simply says: “I believe…”. If his answer had simply ended right there, with him saying “I believe Al Qaeda did it”, then anybody could interpret this as a perfunctory response, where he says what he knows that he has to say in this spot, but without any real conviction.

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Feast of Stephen

wrenboysThose unfortunate enough to live under Paganism know that you don’t want to be around on  Feast Days or High Days because some more sod is going to get it.

Where does all this bollox come from? Ditto with supposed Christian festivals, such as Stephen’s:

St. Stephen’s Day in Wales is known as Gŵyl San Steffan, celebrated every year on 26 December. One ancient Welsh custom, discontinued in the 19th century, included bleeding of livestock and “holming” by beating with holly branches of late risers and female servants. The ceremony reputedly brought good luck.[7]

Oh what a jolly jape, eh, beating people up, especially females. What lovely lads the wren boys are too. So Christian.… More here ...

Just who runs things?

There are posts where I seriously wonder what on earth is the point writing them?

Attacking things like the EU, Common Purpose, Cameron, Blair or fighting for Brexit and the Deplorables across the pond, there’s a clear reason – it means something to people reading it, it’s part of a combined voice, it can alter perceptions and opinions, it can further populist positions.

This blog has lent itself to those causes and much of its readership is concerned with those. Almost no one is interested in the blog’s prime directive, which is to attack Them, the arcane organizations and people who do run things. And so I don’t do so much of this these days. Then something like this appears …

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/24/knights-malta-tells-pope-francis-stay-orders-internal-affairs/

… and here we go again.… More here ...

Advent 22

Adeste Fideles is a Christmas carol which has been attributed to various authors, including John Francis Wade (1711–1786), with the earliest copies of the hymn all bearing his signature, John Reading (1645–1692) and King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656).

The original four verses of the hymn were extended to a total of eight, and these have been translated into many languages. The English translation of “O Come, All Ye Faithful” by the English Catholic priest Frederick Oakeley, written in 1841, is widespread in most English speaking countries.

The present harmonisation is from the English Hymnal (1906).

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Christmas eve

israel-greeting

It’s traditional at Christmas for everyone to forget, for one day, all about the war they’re engaged in and call a truce, mutter platitudes and pretend all is well. And as you’ve possibly noticed today, that has not been the case with me, nor will it be in this message.… More here ...

When ‘reform’ means nothing of the sort

smoke-of-stnThis post could easily have been written about Sanders and Corbyn, about political correctness itself, about the new bizspeak, about social policy directives in government departments, or religiously, about Welby and the CofE, about the American evangelicals and $multi-million$ mega-churches..

Point is that it could have been about anyone. It’s just unfortunate that it happens to be the Pope this time around. It does not criticize the faith of millions of adherents, it castigates some of the goings on and utterances, as Luther did all those years ago. If you look at his criticisms, they were focussed primarily on abuses, on behaviour and on the falling away from articles of faith:… More here ...