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Join Gab (@StFerdinandIII) Western Civilisation was and is superior to anything Islam has developed.  Islam has not aided in the development of the modern world; in fact civilisation has only been created in spite of Islam.  Raising the alarm about the fascism called Submission since 2000.  

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‘Through the Eye of A Needle’ by Peter Brown

Wealth, the Fall of Rome, and the making of Christianity, 350-550 A.D.

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Western Europe developed civilisation within the cultural ethos of Christianity.  Why? How did a small, persecuted sect of former Jews and some gentiles take over the Roman empire?  How did Christianity wipe out the hundreds of instantiations of pagan cultic practices?  Peter Brown researches an essential element of history.  We take for granted that Western Europe was Christian.  We rarely ask why and how?

 

Christianity was not promoted through Jihad, war, violence and rapine, as with the cult of Muhammad.  It was not promulgated and made popular through official diktat and imperial decrees (quite the opposite for 300 years), though Constantine’s conversion around 312 A.D. certainly helped.  As Peter Brown relates in this excellent book, Christianity spread because of its morality, its functionality and exclusiveness, its miracles, its evangelising especially with Paul, its mouth-to-mouth marketing and person to person conversion; and its civilising mission which was an organised, rational approach to the immaterial and God.  Christianity was by the 3rd century simply viewed as superior and pagans converted to the Christian church in such numbers that eventually the Roman empire, with or without Constantine’s conversion, would have been Christianised.  This is the central argument Peter Brown puts forward.

 

It is a long book, in small print, over 500 pages in length and with 200 pages of sources, footnotes and an index.  It is worth every minute to read and ponder.  Peter Brown is an excellent writer, organiser of facts and themes, and he connects disparate personalities including Paulinus of Nola and St. Augustine of Hippo, along with many other characters and real-world socio-economic events, along with ideas of ‘wealth’ and its relationship to power to map out his main ideas, which include inter-alia:

 

1-The political, social, and economic changes which took place from 500-650 A.D. were absolutely decisive for the dominance by Christianity, of Western European culture and society.

 

2-Gradually over about 500 years (from the time of Christ to 500 A.D.), notions about wealth, its generation, its usage to expiate sin and help the poor, and the utility of money to guarantee the salvation of the soul, transformed much of the West and its moral outlook.

 

3-The process of European Christianisation was gradual and quite at risk, there never was until the 4th century, a certainty that the followers of Christ would survive as a group, let alone dominate an empire.

 

4-By 312 and the conversion of Constantine, the Church had grown to encompass perhaps 10% of the 60-100 million population within the Roman empire, but it had not become ‘wealthy’.  It was the new entry of wealth and talent into the Church after 370 A.D. that made such a profound impact on society, including church building, monasteries, the merging of political power with Bishopric responsibility, literacy and even the provision of hospital care. 

 

5-Many sects of Roman pagans had long believed in one ‘Great God’ as well many lesser Gods or demiurges.  The Christian ideal of monotheism was not new for many.  The use of angels and archangels within the Christian ecclesiastical doctrine would also have seemed familiar.  It was thus not a great leap for a pagan to become a Christian. 

 

6-A significant benefit of becoming Christian was the complete eradication of cultic practices to various gods which took up time and money and which included sacrifices, divination and public displays of pagan piety.  Christianity and its organised, exclusive approach, simplified the worship of God and ended all sacrifices, including human as well as (eventually) human enslavement. 

 

7-The demise of Rome during the 5th century, led to some fairly radical reappraisals of wealth and its usage, along with the power and political structures used to generate and manage such wealth, outside and inside the Church.  There was in effect a reordering of society as Roman central governance, collapsed.  The Church picked up the pieces and married Roman secular law and customs with that of Christianity. 

 

8-As the aristocracy in the 5th century collapsed, the transfer of wealth, power and embedded literacy shifted to the Church, presaging a shift in social and economic structuring.  During the 6th century this new pattern of social organisation and use of wealth, from both the elite and the laity to fund Church projects, poor relief, monasteries and cultural demands and morality, became solidified and provided the basis for the rise of the medieval Church.

 

The rise of Christianity in Western Europe and its complete subjugation of pagan rivals was never a foreordained conclusion and seemed rather improbable around 100 A.D. when maybe 2-3% of the Roman population was Christian.  Christianity was moral and stringently ethical, miraculous, powerful, elegant, rational, open, and able to subsume many pagan practices within Church dogma, to facilitate an exclusive but remarkably dynamic socio-cultural traditions, within a unified and organised institution.  The pagans had nothing to rival this determined and pragmatic approach to religion. 

Peter Hammond: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam. Exposing the moon cult and Jihad

War and Jihad are the 2nd most important 'pillar' of Muhammad's cult.

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Jihad is the most vital pillar for the never-ending expansion of Muhammad’s cult:

 

“Allah’s apostle was asked, ‘What is the best deed?’  He replied, ‘To believe in Allah and his Apostle.’  The questioner then asked, ‘What is the next (in goodness)?’ He replied, ‘To participate in Jihad (religious fighting) in Allah’s cause’.

 

The Hadith, Al Bukhari, Volume 1, No. 25. (in Peter Hammond: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam, p. 69).

 

Those who deny the pillar of Jihad and its centrality for the Muslim cult are deluded ignoramuses. 

 

Peter Hammond’s excellent book ‘Slavery, Terrorism, and Islam’ will not be taught in ‘schools’ which en-masse present a Marxist-beatified, mendacious and illiterate view of Muhammadanism – the rightful name of the Muhammadan cult. Jihad or war is the central feature of Muhammad’s cult, its genesis originating in Muhammad’s leadership of 80 or so military campaigns over a mere 12 or so years. Every 2 months on average, Muhammad was leading a group to war.

 

As Hammond relates, slavery was not only accepted by Muhammadans, but it was also a central galvanising imperative which propelled Muslim war, conquests and Jihad across Asia, Africa and Europe.  This is especially true in Europe stretching from the Urals to Iceland, where especially in Eastern Europe, Central Europe and the Balkans, sex slavery or the sex-Jihad consumed millions of women.  The core element of Islam is of course Jihad and within this doctrine, slavery, a practice that Muhammad actively pursued with 20 odd sex slaves in his harem and various other slaves in his retinue, was a key driving force in the Jihad.

 

Of course we are told by sundry ‘fact-checkers’, ‘professors’, ‘experts’, ‘scholars’ and the self-proclaimed clever people, that Muhammad’s cult named submission, which demanded the submission of others to Baal or the Al-Lah of Mecca (the main idol of Muhammad’s Mecca was Baal, whose shrine was maintained by his family); and most importantly, submission to the only prophet and spokesman for Baal, conveniently being Muhammad himself, is peaceful and even ‘liberating’.

 

However, as Hammond notes, the core tenets of Muhammadanism, along with its 1400 years of endless slavery, blood, Jihad, and terror, are plainly at odds with the Mohammadophiliacs who declare the Baal-Muhammad cult to be a ‘religion’.  Hammond summarises the core tenets or ‘Pillars’ of Islam. No wisdom here. Just Bronze and Iron age savagery.

 

1-Daily confession of the Supremacist Shahada, which affirms that only Allah and Muhammad rule (see below). This is deemed the most important pillar because the supplicant confirms his submission to Muhammad and reiterates the intolerance of the Muslim cult and affirms that it will be victorious over non-Muslims. It is in effect a declaration of supremacism and war.

 

2. War and Jihad. This is the second most important pillar (according to Muhammad). The most vital aspect of Muhammadanism is the submission of everyone to Muhammad and the confirmation that non-Muslims will be either converted or destroyed. War and Jihad flow from the Shahada and Mein Koran with its 1600 verses of hate speech. The Shahada is found in Qu’ran 3:18.

 

3-Five daily prayers of the Salah to Muhammad and Baal reinforcing the Shahada and submission to Baal and Muhammad.

 

4-Keeping of the fast-during Ramadan in which Muslims are only allowed to eat or drink between sunset and sunrise (a practice emanating from the Bronze age long pre-dating Muhammad and imitating the Catholic lent).

 

5-The giving of alms (zakat) to Muslims and only Muslims.  Islamophiliacs and self-proclaimed clever people, apparently cannot name a single Muslim charity which helps non-Muslims.

 

6-Pilgrimage or Hajj to Mecca performed at least once during the Muslim’s lifetime (this obviously indicates Muslim imperialism, where the conquered Muslim must go and pray at the Arab-Muslim shrine the Kabaa, which long predated Muhammadanism).  Considerable wealth and booty have accrued to the Arabs by this commandment.

 

The pagan origins of Muhammadanism’s 6 pillars are rather obvious.

 

The Shahada – A Supremacist statement

This statement of Muslim supremacism is almost directly expressed in Qu’ran 3:18. A good critique of the intolerant nature of this Shahada, and its implications is found here.

 

“I bear witness that there is no deity but Al Lah, and I bear witness that Muhammad is the messenger of Al Lah.”

 

Do not believe Wikipedia and other corrupt sources and Muslim apologists. They replace ‘Al Lah’ with God.  The two concepts have nothing in common. Baal the Meccan moon deity is not God. These sites are duplicitous in their content, erasing for example all mention of the pillar of Jihad and war. Muhammad was very clear that Jihad was the second most important pillar (see quote above at the top).

 

The implications of the Shahada are obvious.  There is Al Lah and only Al Lah. There is Muhammad and only Muhammad.  Muhammad states that you must follow the Qu’ran and follow his instructions.  There is no other organising principle in life.  This manifest supremacism leads to a cult which by its design will be intolerant and atavistic.

 

As Hammond writes, there are 5 fundamental practices that Muslims must follow, based on the 6 pillars.

 

1-Muslims must believe only in the Al-Lah (though they are ignorant as to what Al Lah actually is), and Muhammad. You must never question either, with such doubts constituting a mortal offence. 

 

2-Muslims must believe in angels who will help only Muslims.  This is probably purloined from Catholic doctrine.

 

3-Muslims must believe in the ‘revealed’ books namely; the Taurat which includes the 5 books of Moses, and some of the Old Testament), the Psalms, the New Testament, and the Qu’ran. Given that the Qu’ran is violent declaring war and Jihad on the Infidel, it stands to reason that Jihad is not only a pillar of Islam, but its most important defining feature.

 

4-Muslims must believe in the Prophets send by Al Lah which number about 124.000 with the last and most important being Muhammad.  Given this ‘fact’ it is blasphemous, punishable by death to question or criticise Muhammad.

 

5-Life after Death based on pre-destination, in which pious and submissive (to Muhammad and Al Lah) Muslims are rewarded and non-Muslims, or Muslims who are insufficiently submissive and pious, regardless of how they lived, condemned with ‘Black Faces’ to Hell. This reinforces the blind obedience to Muhammad and his dictatorial demands one finds in the Qu’ran and Hadiths.

 

Given that one of the greatest existential threats to civilisation is the cult of Muhammad, it is terrifying that most people in the Western world are completely oblivious of its foundations, motivations and pillars, including the second most important pillar and imperative of Jihad.

The Rise of Western Christendom: Triumph and Diversity, A.D. 200–1000. Peter Brown.

Fantastic book. A must read.

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Peter Brown is a Professor at Princeton and has produced one of the great classics outlining true history from the Germanic takeover of the husk called the Western Roman empire, to the rise of Christianity and the creation of the modern world via the syncretic development of the pagan with the Christian.  A religious group, which before 315 AD was persecuted, marginalised and comprised no more than 10% of the Roman population, Christianity post Constantine developed into an ideal and foundation for European culture and eventual global domination.  This established fact is derided by the usual array of post-modernists, Atheists and ‘Enlighteners’ who ignore the very pagan and barbaric aspects of ‘classical’ civilisation.  Without Christianity it is likely we would still be sacrificing humans to wood gods, and living in clans with very little technological advancement in any form discernible from 200 AD.  There is nary a claim to a ‘dark age’ since as Peter Brown records and details, none existed.  Turbulence, change, synthesis, and our own ignorance do not validate ‘darkness’. 

 

The book is large and covers an enormous geographical area from Iceland to Western China.  I remember watching a video and reading various blogs, with Atheists deriding medieval Christians believing in ‘Prester John’, a Christian King in China who would ally with the European Christians during the Crusades of the 13th century and help Christian Europe defeat the Muslim Jihad.  Just another example of superstitious Christian ignorance and stupidity, the self-congratulating geniuses will say.  Except there was a Christian Kingdom in Western China, artefacts date it to at least 800 A.D. if not earlier and it lasted many centuries.  This rich state was Nestorian Christian, a sect that deviated from the Orthodox-Chalcedonian Church in matters of Christ’s divinity (given post birth).  It was large and populous for the time, cited close to major trade routes that linked China with Eurasia.  Peter Brown mentions this to his credit.

 

It is one of the few books I have read covering Medieval history, in which there can be very little disagreement with the author’s treatment of the subject.  Some of the more important aspects of Brown’s engrossing and important work include the following.

 

Christianity was before 200 AD primarily a North African and Asian religion.  A fact easily lost with our Euro-centric view of history.  This means that the Euro-Christianity which developed owed much to these sources which shaped the particular brand of Christian-Catholicism which emerges by the 7th century as something rather different than the Eastern Christian sects.

 

The constant presence of the profane, pagan pre-Christian world and the interaction with Christianity is an unexplored theme.  There was a syncretic relation across Europe between the Roman and pagan, and Christianity.  Christianity did not supplant paganism in most areas, as much as merge with it.

 

Most of what we know about the pagan pre-Christian world comes from Christian writers who were mainly monks.  Without this library outlining pagan customs, sagas, rituals, beliefs and creation stories, and legends of how gods and demons worked in our material world, we would know very little about pre-Christian Europe and North Africa.

 

Education in Christianity, including obviously literacy, was highly prized and was developed early in the Church.  This created a class of highly educated, aware, and literate professions within the Church which allowed the development of more complex socio-economic organisations, complex trade, political organisation and governance.  Power and brute strength was post Rome, not enough.  Culture, ethos, morality, common laws, extended trade which benefitted the general masses, and ‘justice’ which was blind to rank, became just as important.  Christianity provided for and filled these needs.

 

The Muslim Jihad starting in the early 7th century disrupted and deranged a rich Christian civilisation which stretched from Spain to Western China with pockets of Christian domination existing even in Sassanid Persia.  Trade, the economy, money, materials and resources all were vastly diminished and created a great contraction in both the Eastern and Western Christian states, with the Muslims almost overrunning all of Europe, stopped finally by the Christian Franks at Poitiers near Tours in 732 (Brown says 733) A.D.  Without that victory Christian Europe was probably conquered.

 

The Roman empire was not a monolithic ‘great classical’ civilisation as expressed by anti-Christian enthusiasts and atheists.  By their own false account Rome ‘fell’, which logically indicates it was not that strong.  It was in effect taken over during a 150 year period, by German mercenaries and military.  When Rome ‘fell’ technological development was static and poor.  In a few centuries post 476 AD Europe was covered in windmills and watermills, heralding an age of mechanisation and improvement.  Greater productivity means greater wealth, and it this economic prowess which generated the funds for advanced military arts and tools, which allowed the Christians to reclaim Spain and for a while the Holy Land and drive the Muslim Jihad back to its core. 

 

‘Barbarians’ as given to us by Roman propaganda did not really exist, especially along the borders.  There was much contact along the Roman ‘limes’ with non-Roman states, tribes and clans.  Many were highly Romanised long before 476 AD.  It was a porous world and trade and culture were exchanged.  Rome did not own civilisation, any more than non-Romans owned barbarism.

 

Christianity is not static.  The Christian religion has changed by region, by year, by century since 200 AD.  It continues to do so today (albeit in the wrong and irreligious direction).  It was a dynamic, inclusive, and open religion.  The institutions of Christianity thus developed more slowly than we believe (baptism, the cemetery, rites and prayers).  The Church was not fully formed in any sense, even by the time of Augustine (~400 AD).  It took many more centuries.

 

The Church post Rome maintained not only Roman law, but also much of the existing pagan law.  Justinian the great Christian emperor of the Greek Romans (early to mid 6th century), codified Roman law in the Justinian code.  Using this, Christians throughout Europe, over many centuries amended Justinian’s codex to include local ‘pagan’ laws, with clear examples being the Franks, Visigoths and Saxons.

 

 

It is little known, that the 7th century was a watershed.  The Muslim Jihad erupted.  But thankfully for civilisation and our own development, the Christian world had become wealthy and educated.  Architecture was rich and varied.  Libraries at hundreds of monasteries were common.  Monks and writers outside the monastery had the time and patronage to fill volumes on history, religion and science.  Cities were re-energised as trade emerged post the Justinian induced civil war in North Africa and Italy.  Confidence and function were restored to urban centres and their hinterlands.  We see technology being applied using water and wind power, to generate great leaps in efficiency in farming and manufacturing.  The 7th century is often overlooked, but it sets the foundation for what follows.

 

There is much more which could be discussed.  But the book needs to be read by anyone interested in how or why Europe developed the way it did and how Christianity allowed Europe to not only survive the implosion of a pagan, brutal, slave centred and corrupted Roman empire, but surpass it in all areas, in all aspects, in everything that matters in the material and spiritual worlds.