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Henri Pirenne, 'A History of Europe: From the Invasions to the XVI Century'

No Catholic Church, no modern European civilisation.

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A History of Europe: From the Invasions to the XVI Century ...

 

This opus by Pirenne has largely stood the test of time and is a must read for any who wish to understand the turbulent, violent, complicated civilising mission and history of Christian Europe.  Some elements have been overturned or recalibrated including his assertion that the Musulman invasion completely destroyed all Mediterranean and commerce by the late 7th century (not entirely true, but his point is still valid).  Pirenne is not a Christian apologist, being quite critical of both the religion and its ecclesiastical culture and societal development, whilst maintaining a deep regard for its importance, civilisational mission and its defence of Europe against the Musulman invasions.  In summary it is clear, no Catholic Church, no European civilisation.  All would have descended back into pagan barbarism.  Some important excerpts from Pirenne, on this topic below.

 

The Musulman invasion(s) and Jihad

Musulmans appeared as the propagandists of a new faith, an exclusive and intolerant faith to which all had to submit. Religion, wherever they ruled, was the basis of political society; or rather, the religious organization and the political organization were for them identical; Church and State forming a single unity. The infidels could continue the practice of their cult only as simple subjects, deprived of all rights whatsoever. Everything was transformed, from top to bottom, in accordance with the principles of the Koran.

 

Koranic theology was society.  The Christian Church promoted the opposite – the absolute division of Church and State.

 

[Musulmans] can boast of little that is original. The conquered peoples were all more refined than their nomad conquerors, and the latter borrowed from them in a wholesale fashion. The Arabs translated the works of their scholars and philosophers, drew inspiration from their art, and adopted their agricultural, commercial and industrial methods. The extent and diversity of the countries and the nations upon which they imposed their rule subjected them to a quantity of influences, which blended together, giving the Musulman civilization an aspect of great variety, but little depth, of these influences, that of Hellenism rivalled that of Persia.

 

The Musulman Jihad, attacked, conquered, and squatted on far richer civilisations.  The driving impetus and galvanising feature of the Musulman Jihad was precisely the allure of richer states. 

 

Aristotle was the master of the Arab philosophers, who added nothing essential to his philosophy. On the whole, in the intellectual domain, the Musulman civilization did not greatly influence the European peoples. The explanation is simple: there was much in it that was artificial, and the sources upon which it drew most freely were, for the most part, European sources.

 

Musulmans did not build on ancient wisdom.  Nestorians and other Christians had translated their works for the new masters, but no discernible improvements or additions were made by the Musulmans.  It was static learning.

 

From the 7th to the 11th century Islam was incontestably the master of the Mediterranean. The ports which the Arabs constructed—Cairo, which succeeded to Alexandria, Tunis, and Kairouan—were the étapes of a commerce which circulated from the Straits of Gibraltar to the Indian Ocean, through the Egyptian ports, which were in communication with the Red Sea, and the Syrian ports, which gave access to the caravan route to Baghdad and the Persian Gulf. The navigation of the Christian peoples was restricted to a timid coastwise trade along the shores of the Adriatic and southern Italy, and among the islands of the Archipelago.

 

The Musulmans cut off the Mediterranean and the Christian civilisation of North Africa and the Levant was conquered, splitting West Christendom from Byzantine Eastern Christendom.  Trade, culture, wealth, and technology were all negatively impacted.

 

For centuries Europe had gravitated about the Mediterranean. It was by means of the Mediterranean that civilization had extended itself; by means of the Mediterranean the various parts of the civilized world had communicated one with another. On all its shores social life was the same in its fundamental characteristics; religion was the same; manners and customs and ideas were the same, or very nearly so. The Germanic invasion had not changed the situation in any essential respect. In spite of all that had happened, we may say that in the middle of the 7th century Europe still constituted, as in the time of the Roman Empire, a Mediterranean unity.

 

The ’Dark Ages’ or the reduction in traffic, commerce, wealth and de-urbanisation, only occurred after the Musulman takeover of the Mediterranean and the dismembering of its Christian unity.  This historical fact is still relevant today and still the reason, why there are conflicts in North Africa and the Middle East. 

 

The intercourse between the West and the East, which had hitherto been carried on by means of this sea, was interrupted. The East and the West were suddenly separated. The community in which they had lived so long was destroyed for centuries to come, and even to-day Europe is still suffering from the consequences of its destruction.

 

The destruction of Christian-Mediterranean civilisation was an epochal event, still resounding and reverberating even today. 

 

The Mediterranean by which it had hitherto kept in touch with civilization was closed to it. This, perhaps, was the most important result, as regards the history of the world, of the expansion of Islam.  For the Christianity of the West, when its traditional lines of communication were cut, became a world apart, able to count only on itself, and in respect of its further development it was thrown upon its own resources. Driven off the Mediterranean, it turned to the still barbarous regions beyond the Rhine…

 

Post 800 A.D. Europe looked to the North, the East, and to the Atlantic to rebuild itself and repair civilisation.  The littoral around the Mediterranean was either conquered by Musulmans or prey to savage piracy and slave trading.  Christian Europe retreated to the North and East.  Its large urban centres based around the Mediterranean became depopulated.  Taxes and trade were reduced.  Government was impaired.

 

In the second half of the 7th century all trade ceased on the shores of the Western Mediterranean. Marseilles, deprived of her ships, was dying of asphyxia, and in less than half a century all the cities in the south of France had lapsed into a state of utter decadence. Trade, no longer fed by sea-borne traffic, came to a standstill throughout the country: the middle class disappeared: there were no longer merchants by profession; there was no circulation of goods, and as a natural result the market dues no longer fed the royal treasury, which was henceforth unable to defray the expenses of government. Henceforth the landed aristocracy represented the only social force. The king was ruined, but the aristocracy, with its land, possessed wealth and authority. It only remained for it to seize political power.

 

The Church as saviour

Nevertheless, decadent though it was, the Church was the great civilizing force of the period; indeed, we may say the only civilizing force. It was through the Church that the Roman tradition was perpetuated; it was the Church that prevented Europe from relapsing into barbarism.

 

The Church swept up the pagan Roman empire and its infrastructure, learning, engineering, urban planning, literature, and ideals and combined them with Christianity, Christian philosophy and Christian science and culture.  It fought innumerable wars to save Christian Europe from Koranic domination.  Literate Church clerics kept learning alive, even as papyrus disappeared thanks to the Musulman invasion.  Social cohesion including hospitals, schools, hospices, roads, taxes and infrastructure, were dealt with, albeit in a haphazard and often inefficient way.  But society was restored, and after 800 A.D. growth and wealth creation become apparent as the foci of Roman Catholic civilisation shifts north and east looking to the Atlantic and Baltic and eventually the horn of Africa and beyond as it fought, defeated and constrained the Musulman Jihad. 

 

The main point made by Pirenne 100 years ago is still valid today.  The Musulman Jihad forever transformed the Mediterranean and accelerated the development of a distinctly superior European Christian civilisation. 

 

‘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.