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Henry More and Richard the Lionheart. Two opposite ends of the Christian spectrum.

Creating the modern world.

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Two notable events in Western Christian history this week. 

 

Henry More

Henry More (1614–1687), an English philosopher, scientist, and theologian.

September 1 marks the anniversary of when Henry More, a notable 17th century Christian philosopher, theologian, scientist and poet, died at the age of 72.

More was known for being a prominent member of the Cambridge Platonist movement, which sought to reconcile Ancient Greek philosopher Plato’s ideas with Christianity.

 In 1671, More had his magnum opus Enchiridion metaphysicum published, which argued for what he called a “Spirit of Nature” as a driving force of how the world functioned.

 

Richard the Lionheart

September 2 1192, Richard the Lionheart signs the Treaty of Jaffa (3rd Crusade ends)

 

English King Richard I (1157-1199), known as the Lionheart for his military prowess and physical strength, led the Third Crusade to victories at Acre and the coast of Israel, before signing a treaty with Saladin. 

Jaffa was a city 40 miles from Jerusalem, the end target objective of the Third Crusade.  The Crusaders were surrounded but successfully fought off the Muslim armies at Jaffa, who suffered deep losses.  The Lionheart led a Christian relief force which swept away the Muslims besieging the city and the Crusaders defending it.  Even with this victory, it was clear that the Christians did not have enough men to take Jerusalem, and the Muslims did not have the requisite force or ambition to dislodge the Christians from their strongholds along the coast.  

The Catholic Enlightenment, Ulrich L. Lehner. Nicholas Bergier, defender of the Church.

Bergier would be anathema to Pope Francis and the current Globalist-Humanist Church.

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There is an important section in this book, which outlines the little known story of Nicholas Bergier who was an 18th century French priest and critic of ‘The Enlightenment’.  His importance is that he lays out the rational case for Catholicism, its morality, practicality, inventiveness and rationality.  He carries on the work of St. Thomas Acquinas who also answered critics of the Church and its mysteries of faith, with evidence of reasonable rationality and natural applicability of Church doctrines, rituals and beliefs.

 

As a parish priest he wrote a best-selling book, ‘Deism Refuted’ in 1765 which destroyed the main themes of ‘Enlightened’ Deism.  Freed from pastoral duties after this success he wrote full time and produced a long array of volumes defending the Church against its ‘Rationalist’ enemies including the insufferably inane Jean Jacques Rousseau. 

 

Rousseau and the ‘Romantic Rationalists’ offered that if God existed, he can best be experienced within the purity of nature.  Man must return to nature to recover God.  Societal institutions which stand between man and God must therefore be dismantled including the entire hierarchy of the Church.  Bergier recognised that this argument was more powerful, if however deluded, than the ‘rationalisations’ offered by Deists, or Atheists who denied the existence of created order and a creating intelligence and spirit.  Bergier argued that Christianity was never a private revelation but instead a revelation of humankind through witnesses, saints and prophets.  One cannot be a Christian without accepting their testimony and doctrines.  This demanded an institution to codify the arguments, revelations, dogma, rites and rituals in order to understand the true nature of Christianity and God.  Rituals such as baptism, the sacraments and communal masses were fundamental to exploring and comprehending God and his covenant.  Without such rituals no religion long survives.

 

Bergier also attacked d’Holbach the foremost Atheist of the era, who attempted to show that Christianity led to barbarism, because it perverted man’s nature.  Bergier destroyed this fallacy through an enormous display of facts and erudition, contending that Christianity and especially its morality, led to creativity, energy, invention and happiness.  Importantly Bergier rejected the ‘planned grace’ of God, as maintained by St. Augustine and picked up by Protestants who believe in pre-destination as incorrect.  Grace, said Bergier, was open to all who accepted Christ and God, and who showed through good works their faith and belief.  This could include even the salvation of those who unknowingly (such as in the Americas or Orient), were outside the formal Church. 

 

In today’s Catholic Church, a voice such as Bergier’s would be censored and shut down.  He would be decried by the Vatican Curia and Pope as a ‘traditionalist’, someone who was not ‘progressive’ and who stubbornly refused ‘new facts’ and ‘science’ that the Church must adapt to.  He would be thought too doctrinaire and ‘divisive’.  But this is how religions end.  When the beliefs, the mysteries, the saints, the immaterial, the deeply contemplative and philosophical is abandoned, so too is reason and practicality, along with purpose and truth.  When a Church simply becomes another outlet for mainstream views, propaganda and globalist pablum, it will cease to exist, either imploding from its own irrelevance, or taken over by its global masters and reduced to nothing. 

 

 

The Unenlightened Enlightenment: an age of Unreason

Flat earth to Phlogiston.

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The Dark Ages of course never existed. Except in the fetid minds of Christian-haters and those opposed to the Church. Voltaire, Gibbon et al never created, built, or manufactured a single item. Yet they are declared by their cult members as the intelligent Uber mensch, bringing classical thought and light, back to a world rotted with the sick decayed corpus of a corrupt Church....the opposite is true of course.

 

Fat men in periwigs, strutting around in their diffident ignorance offered very little of value to the world, even in their domain of metaphysics.

 

Science did not suddenly 'evolve' by magic random chance in the 17th century.  Newton and other Christians, both Catholic and Protestant, did not spring out of the dirty, muddy ground and pronounce rootless, detached theorems ad novo. 2000 or more years of patient discovery, including the foundations of modern math and science long pre-date Newton, the Galileo myth, or the Atheist legends that only the godless discover 'truth'. The cult of the Vaccine, Corona, Globaloneywarming and the fraud of Evolution are the results of ‘Scientism’ or the worship of ‘Science’, not premised on reality, common-sense, or proof, but on philosophy, models and anti-humanism.

 

The Enlightenment, an English perversion of a word which once had meaning, was an endless Protestant attack on the Church. It was not elevated, scientific or rational in many ways. This era resurrected abiogenesis, witch burnings, and historical revisionism. Men who wore eyeglasses, which was a 13thc. innovation, could find no value in what preceded them. Blindness finds many forms. In the name of the 'Enlightenment' thousands of properties across Europe were torn down, treasures looted, stolen and defaced; priceless artifacts cut down; thousands killed and in the name of politics and hunger for money, sundry wars created.

 

The unenlightened Enlightenment gave us the following:

1-The free-will denying theologies of Luther and Calvin. No free will, no freedom, no markets, no civilization.

2-The promotion of predestination, meaning that nothing you do in this life matters. This moral rot has seeped deep into the foundations of civilization.

3-Rousseau, counter-rationalism, naturalism and the myth of the noble savage. This pagan theology that 'nature' in and of itself is superior, and that man is not the master but the slave of nature, is such childish nonsense and philosophical poison.

4-Anti-science theologies ranging from the Cult of Corona to Evolution and abiogenesis, to 'long ages of the earth', extra-terrestrial life forms and a resurgence in astrology and magic.

5-Phlogiston was declared to be the base element of the cell. It was disproven in 1774 by Lavoisier, but zealously promoted by 'scientists' during the 18th century.

6-In the 19th century, Darwin, who never performed a single experiment to support algae to human evolution; accepted, along with most 'scientists'; that the single cell was a simple globule akin to jelly.

7-The Enlightenment tore apart Europe and granted us the French Revolution and Napoleon, one of the greatest butchers and worst autocrats in history, whose bloody career killed millions, destroyed wealth and property and held back European development by at least 2 generations. The state was uber alles. The wise dictator an Enlightenment hero. See Fredrick the 'Great'.

8-Marxism, Darwinism, Socialism, Communism, Nazism, and theological philosophies supporting the same including Hitler, Lenin, Heidigger and the Frankfurt post-modern schools of the 1930s and 40s [cultural Marxism which is so rampant today]. All of these 'dialectical' theologies are irrational and immoral but were sold based on their 'science'.

9-Atheism, a theology of the unscientific and immoral which in the guise of Nazism and Communism murdered 150 million people.  Atheism is the defining religion of the Rona cult, and modern Statism.

10-Flat earth societies which never existed in the Middle Ages [no one from the time of Christ thought that the earth was flat]; appear in the 19th century all over the developing world.  'Science' was used to prove [via sight lines usually along 'flat' bodies of water]; that the earth's curvature was a fiction.  

11-Historical rewriting and ignorance. Voltaire and friends could not explain the engineering masterpieces named 'Gothic Cathedrals' for example, nor did they know much if anything about what predated them. 

 

Of course, in today's perverted, distorted world if you criticize the Un-Enlightenment era, you are 'anti-rational'. As usual with these people the opposite of what they state is the truth. Yes, one can highlight achievements – sundry and many – during the era 1650 to 1850. But they have precious little to do with 'Enlightenment thought', and more to do with individuals creating, innovating and getting on with life. One can say with historical veracity, that the achievements from 1650 to 1850 were smaller in comparison to what preceded that era; and were accomplished in spite of notable declines in culture and reason, through wide areas of society including medicine, science and philosophy.