Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The American religion vs. Tolkien's long defeat

  • A recent history of American heresy and some American heresies. By Orthodox or Nicene Christian standards America has not just recently become heretical but was conceived and trained in heretical ideas of the 18th Century Enlightenment, individualism, deism and Unitarianism. Douthat sees America as moving away from some form of traditional Protestant Christianity, but Orthodox Catholics might see America as simply continuing on the path on which it started from the beginning as a nation when its adherence to Nicene Christianity was tenuous at best.
  • Tolkien's long defeat. I will not walk with your progressive apes, erect and sapient. Before them gapes the dark abyss to which their progress tends, if, by God's mercy, progress ever ends, and does not ceaselessly revolve the same unfruitful course with changing of a name. "Mythopoeia" by J.R.R. Tolkien (for C.S. Lewis) - from Bill Tighe. 180º from the space-age progressivism (beautiful as long as the old values are kept - the '50s) the bishops swallowed at Vatican II.
  • Good, but what about modern Orthodoxy and contraception? (I asked Fr. Peter Gillquist this to his face and he evaded.) This is a Protestant country, Calvinism being most of its government-promoted foundation myth (the cavalier Anglicans of Jamestown are ignored; "America began at Plymouth Rock") and the starting point of the elite's religion. Today's American secular liberalism is a knockoff of it, as Marxism is a Western Christian heresy. Islam is Eastern Christianity's bastard, its Mormonism. Remember, Orthodoxy exists because of Tsars and Sultans. Its entire reason for being is to hate the West. Sad. The Council of Florence solved the Schism. Orthodoxy really only dates from after that point. Once the Schism was healed, the petty princes and the Ottoman sultans got to work. Once Byzantium fell, the tsars realized the benefits of a non-papal church they could control. And thus, Orthodoxy is born and nurtured. Other than that, besides what they retain from us (Vincentian canon = seven councils = more or less Catholicism), do they really have a worldview?

1 comment:

  1. Even in the West, theological liberalism goes hand in hand with political conservatism, and vice versa. G.K. Chesterton saw this clearly when he said that the modern young man will never change the world, for he will always change his mind. As long as the vision of heaven is always changing, the vision of earth will always remain exactly the same. Theological liberals will always change the vision to suit the world, and that is why they will always end up supporting the status quo.


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