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Why Evangelicals Like Trump

Posted by nouspraktikon on January 30, 2016

Short Answer: Trump is not a “Double-Minded Man”

Alright, Donald Trump may have a dirty mind, but it is better than having two heads, one dirty and and one clean and talking simultaneously out of both.  I take him at his word that he is a Christian, but that is not the important point.  The important point is that he is not what Martin Luther called an “Ultra-Christian”…of course being a German Luther probably would have said something like “uber-Christian” which I like because it sounds more sinister, and today is particularly apt because it sounds like a taxi…again, pretty much what the other candidates (a few like Paul and Carson excepted) happen to be, taxis towards wherever the money and the polls point them.  Trump has his own money and is sufficiently callous to ignore public opinion.  Granted, riches and insensitivity are not usually considered Christian virtues, but context determines everything, and it doesn’t matter how humble and poor you are if you are lying son of a bitch.  Trump is an honest son of a bitch, and the change of weather is drawing out populists in droves, not excluding Evangelicals.  After all, the evangelicals should know better than anyone else, since they have been bombarded and bullied by their uber-Christian “betters” enough to know the stink of hypocracy at first hand.

What, one might ask, differentiates the uber-Christian from the garden variety sinner who takes refuge in Christ?  Allow me to give you a succinct definition:  The uber-Christian transposes duty of charity from the realm of persons to the realm of ideas.  Lest this sound to axiomatic or too theological, let me put it into a parable.  The garden variety Christian wants to be a good Samaritan and would gladly nurture any poor, injured, or starving stranger that they encounter on the road to Jerusalem.  In this case the “stranger” is obviously a fellow human being, and the better sort of Christian might even be willing to give up his cloak to the naked.   However the uber-Christian wants to give up more than his cloak, he wants to give up his mind as well.  Suppose I cherish some fond opinion, such as “God exists” or “2 plus 2 equal 4″…in that case the uber-Christian sees a wonderful opportunity for the practice of mental charity, as the joke (or so it was supposed) goes, one can “Give up God for Lent.”  And what about poor little “2 plus 2 equals 5″…no doubt trudging through the snow like a conceptual Tiny Tim?  Ought we not, out of uber-Christian charity, throw away our mental pride and embrace this warm and fuzzy calculation?

Once the principle of mental charity has been established, it is obvious that anything that one has believed to be true should be surrendered for its opposite.  Civilization, decency, common sense can all be trucked out to the bonfire of the vanities in order to give barbarism, gross immorality, and insanity their rightful due.  This is the passion, in the theological sense, of the uber-Christian, and locates him or her at both the “end of history” and at the acme of moral endeavor.  To be candid, the uber-Christian would seem to eclipse even the Christ of the gospels.  Jesus only held up the good Samaritan as a parabolic figure for moral inspiration, he never intended to reject the prophets and adopt the Samaritan theology, as charitable as that might have seemed to the people at Sychar.  How remarkable that would have been, had he simply confessed, “I was wrong, you were right…lets go up and worship on Mount Gerzz’im!”  Instead, he grossly insulted their religion and hinted at its future replacement by a universal faith.  Oddly enough, his tough minded attitude won them over.

None of this is intended to compare Mr. Trump to Jesus Christ the Righteous.  Everybody knows that “the Donald” is distinctly sub-Jesus.  The point is that, unlike certain of his critics, he makes no claim to being anything better.  Personally, I think he is wrong on a number of his principles.  But even to have principles is remarkable in today’s America.  In place of principles most candidates have “talking points” which they periodically adjust by peering into the murky minds of their opponents and handlers.  Principles are shocking, and for that very reason it is probably good for Mr. Trump that his rudeness softens the shock.  Even in a more naive age righteousness was suspect, and William Jennings Brian, as he held out his hands at the end of his epochal Cross of Gold speech had a moment of hesitation as if to say “Where am I going with this?” By way of contrast Trump is an obvious sinner.  People can relate to that.

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The Whore of Babylon

Posted by nouspraktikon on January 8, 2016

M.R. Sunwall’s The Whore of Babylon is perhaps the most important Book of the 21st century…

…written about the 5th century!

 

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Delving into Sex, Sin, and the City (-State) M. R. Sunwall’s The Whore of Babylon reveals the story behind the destruction of the ancient world and the rise of the flawed gospel of Ceasaropapism.

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To understand the truth about the world you first have to locate the center of the world. Just ask any idiot this side of a politician and they should be able to tell you the center of American civilization, if there be such a thing at all, is certainly NYNY, not DC. Likewise “Rome” (a.k.a. the Roman world centered on the Mediterranean Sea) rendered its eponymous HQ-on-the-Tiber eminently dispensable as it morphed into a world state. Rather, it was Alexandria on the coast of Egypt which was the actual center of the western trade-world (or “oekumene”) which stretched geographically from Ireland to costal India, and temporally from the reign of Diocletian to that of Heraclitus. Furthermore, the so-called Roman state, like all states, was founded on slavery, but that slave-state in turn was parasitic on trade and production created by originally free, or at least self-interested, minds.

Set in this ancient Alexandria and written in the form of a Romanesque “pot boiler” The Whore of Babylon isn’t just another Ben Hur, although if it succeeds in converting anyone to the gospel it will have rendered service enough. The action takes place during what we retrospectively term the fifth century AD, but the story is a timeless exploration of the different forms of slavery which hold the human mind in bondage. Moreover the protagonists of this novel aren’t the usual caricatures of decadent Roman paganism, for this tale is set in a post-Constantinian society where, tragically, nothing seems to have been changed by the proclamation of the gospel. As The Who would say, “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss!”
This might be a depressing and doomed world, not unlike our own, but for the fact that God and freedom can always be found hiding in plain sight for those with eyes to look past the gaudy baubles of power, pleasure, and sexuality. There is no Spartacus in this story, no brawny hero with sufficient quanta of free-will to upset the balance of history. Since physical coercion is secondary to spiritual bondage, a frontal assault on evil has been rendered impossible, but faith can take up the struggle after force has proved to no avail.

At the most literal level this is the story of a young woman from rural Egypt (a small town which is oddly named “Babylon” through poor transliteration) forced into slavery and the sex trade. She becomes a plaything of the rich and famous, from philosophers to prostitutes, but she endures through invincible faith. True to her God, she endures outward transformation, as the world surrounding her careens towards its appointed end. She and her contemporaries must encounter more than mere physical violence, for the world they inhabit, though nominally Christian, is boiling with spiritual forces which seek to bind human souls. It is a chaotic society, and not just because the denizens of the city are intent on riot and rapine. Rather it is an upside down world where the truth has been twisted into lies, freedom is often slavery, and Christians, now giddy with political power, are free to make martyrs out of pagans and each other.

Readers will have to draw their own conclusions as to whether the heroine manages to escape the fatality of history. Suffice to say that many of her famous contemporaries fail to find any such escape, cruelly trapped inside a vicious political spiral, during an era which remains an uncanny harbinger of our own times. None the less, whoever reads the story with attention to details will find a key to crimes and conspiracies fifteen centuries old which still haunt the modern imagination.

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