fanatic – 1. Person filled with excessive and often misguided enthusiasm for something. 2. excessively enthusiastic. (Derivation – Latin, fanum – temple) zealot – 1. An uncompromising or extreme partisan; a fanatic. Canadian Oxford Compact Dictionary, 2002. In the post previous to this one, I suggested that the ‘Second Way’ for humanity to go forwardContinue reading “The Third Way, 6: Path 2—Zealotry”
When it comes to the crunch, love can even overcome the instinct for survival. You do not need to choose to feel the instinct for survival. It is like the need for food and water and the desire for sex. But love is chosen—at least at the level of application.
“ … our modern relativism begins by asserting that making judgments about how to live is impossible, because there is no real good, and no true virtue (as they too are relative). Thus relativism’s closest approximation to “virtue” is “tolerance.” Only tolerance will provide social cohesion between different groups, and save us from harming eachContinue reading “The Third Way, 4: The Heart Vacuum”
“…. [since 1950] certain key words have been taken over by the secular humanists and given connotations twisted to conform to their program of destabilization. We may cite words such as “freedom,” “rights” and “discrimination.” These words, and many others, have acquired connotations explicitly adapted to the secularist agenda for decomposing the social and intellectualContinue reading “The Third Way, 3: Humanity’s Search for Meaning”
Progressive ‘redemption’ and ‘salvation’ suggests the best possible future as a least-painful, most comfortable, safest possible sort of existence for the greatest possible number, perhaps with a little adventure thrown in from time to time to add a little ‘danger’ and ‘risk’ (which seems to be a necessary stimulus for progress to continue). The goal seems to be survival for the species for the longest possible time-span.
Is this enough for our species to
thrive? Or is it really a chimera which
would, in the long run, stultify and smother who and what we really are?
It seems that appealing to high philosophical principles and the light of Reason and Science alone simply does not inspire much hope or commitment among the ordinary unwashed masses who just don’t know any better.
“Seduced by scientism, distracted by materialism, insulated, like no humans before us, from the vicissitudes of sickness and the ubiquity of death, the post-Christian West believes in something we have called progress – a gradual ascent of mankind toward reason, peace, and prosperity – as a substitute in many ways for our previous monotheism. WeContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 8 (Conclusion)”
The Demise of Christendom, 7 In our tour of how ‘Christendom’ has lived and died, we have remarked that it was a flawed concept from the beginning. Lest I be misunderstood, I am not saying that the Kingdom of God coming into this world is a chimera or will never happen. I am merely sayingContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 7”
As we have seen in previous instalments, the old paradigm of ‘Christendom’, a pan-European and, indeed, a united, world-wide society founded on and unified by the teaching of and allegiance to Jesus Christ, had been splintered by the Reformation, then shredded even further by over a hundred years of religious wars and millions of dead among the competing European kingdoms and empires.