Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ah, now we see the violence inherent in the system.

"In this sense, to be an active part of the world is to employ violence. We do not sit lightly on the surface of our planet. Most human societies across history, have made a moderate peace with the world in which they live, using forms of violence whose consequences have been well-enough tolerated and accounted for so as to be bearable. The rate of change in such societies was modest, and within the limits that a culture could easily accommodate. Large and rapid change is another thing entirely. “Changing the world,” under a variety of slogans, is the essence of the modern project. Modernity is not about how to live rightly in the world, but about how to make the world itself live rightly. The difference could hardly be greater. "

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

If You're Inquiring Into Orthodoxy

Reasons Why You Should Not Convert To Orthodox Christianity

"For me, the one and only valid, core reason is because a person desires to be part of the one, true Body of Christ. Because we confess and believe in the “one holy, catholic and apostolic Church,” this means we are not looking for a Church that fits our own preferences and ideals, but rather one that teaches us what our preferences should be. We are not seeking to reform or to teach the Church how it should do things, but are rather seeking to be formed by the Church and to learn how we should be doing things as faithful Christians."

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

RE: Of Kings and Things and What Matters

 "Most people want to get on with their lives, raise their kids, go to work and such. The distractions of those with “power” have to constantly be sold to them. Modernity represents the rise of advertising and the art of persuasion. If all of the noise were to shut down for a little while, we might discover we could live without it. Wars have to be sold. Hate is often manufactured. And, of course, these things are done for profit. There must be “problems” and “problems” must be magnified so that we will agree to the violence that will be perpetrated in our name.

Jesus seems to have through the world with virtually no regard for these make-believe powers. When the Romans demanded taxes, he pulled a gold coin out of a fish’s mouth. He scoffed at Pilate’s empty boasts. On the Cross, His only regard was for His mother, his disciples, the guy next to Him and His Father. He is the Compass of our lives, pointing steadily to the only things that matter."

Of Kings and Things and What Matters

Monday, February 29, 2016


Here is very cutting, Orthodox perspective on the parable which should be accessible to heterodox Christians, maybe even non-believers.

With God you can always go home.


Thursday, September 17, 2015


Bigotry is usually discussed in relation to group dynamics involving race or religion.

My impression is a bit more detailed. I looked to the online definition from Merriam Webster for help:

Full Definition of BIGOTRY 1 : the state of mind of a bigot 2 : acts or beliefs characteristic of a bigot

Uh, gee thanks.

Another source, Wordnik:

The attitude, state of mind, or behavior characteristic of a bigot; intolerance.

Ok, slightly more helpful, but intolerance of what? Anything?

If I don't tolerate rancid week old milk does that make me a bigot? 

From Answers.Yahoo.Com:

Bigotry: A bigot is a person who is intolerant of opinions, lifestyles, or identities differing from his or her own, and bigotry is the corresponding state of mind. Bigot is often used as a pejorative term against a person who is obstinately devoted to prejudices even when these views are challenged or proven to be false or not universally applicable or acceptable.

Hmmm.... So a mere challenge of my intolerance of anything makes it bigotry?  Just how are 'views' proven to be false?

I'm finding myself rather intolerant of what appeared, IMAO, to be modern revisions of word definitions.

So, I searched for "older definitions of bigotry form old dictionaries" Came up with a bunch of links about "racism". All our searches are belong to SJW's.

Online Oxford came up with this:

Intolerance towards those who hold different opinions from oneself: Ok, a bit more neutral.

Also from Oxford:

Origin Late 17th century: from bigot, reinforced by French bigoterie.

Links to: Bigot Origin Late 16th century (denoting a superstitious religious hypocrite): from French, of unknown origin.

The origin of "bigot" itself is inherently critical of religion, connecting it with hypocritical superstition. Sounds like 'bigot' was likely used as a slur against Christians, particularly Catholics, in France, but that is just an expression of my bigotry.

 My opinion?

Bigotry is fear or dislike of those different from us, and it is the natural, default human condition.

Those outside our tribe, clique, club etc. initially evoke fear or suspicion.

Is bigotry inherently dishonest?

No, not unless it is express with an air of intellectual superiority, as if you have some special inside knowledge about that which is not tolerated. Self deception is a possibility.


Could be. If I don't examine the reasons for my gut, bigoted reaction.

Cowardly? Definitely not if speaking to a hostile group. Could be posturing or name calling as a defense mechanism.

I don't know if Chesterton had bigotry in mind when he wrote this, but that's what I thought about when I read this:

 “A man is perfectly entitled to laugh at a thing because he happens to find it incomprehensible. What he has no right to do is to laugh at it as incomprehensible, and then criticize it as if he comprehended it. The very fact of its unfamiliarity and mystery ought to set him thinking about the deeper causes that make people so different from himself, and that without merely assuming that they must be inferior to himself. ~G.K. Chesterton: “What I Saw in America.”