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  • UFC 182: Jones vs. Cormier Live Event

    01/03/2015 6:16:26 PM PST · 18 of 110
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Tonight should be a good one!

  • The Challenge of the New Year(Catholic Prophecy)

    01/01/2015 1:03:15 PM PST · 8 of 11
    ishmac to RBStealth
    Thanks for the link to Charlie Johnston's blog. I had never heard of him, but he seems like a level-headed, humble and prayerful man.

    Can you give me a source verifying St Pio's assertions about the devil and Garabandal? I've heard of no such thing. Mother Theresa was also friends with Conchita Gonzales and visited her in the US.

    FWIW, your man Charlie has a favorable view of Garabandal. He has expressed himself on the matter twice since Lomangino's death:

    I believe Garabandal is authentic, Spikenard. But I believe it is almost always misinterpreted. (Dec 30, 2014 11:05 PM)

    Though the Church has not confirmed Garabandal (nor condemned it), I personally believe it to be entirely authentic.(July 24, 2014)
    Ultimately, I agree with Charlie that no private revelations are obligatory and that all demand a certain level of scepticism.
  • The Challenge of the New Year(Catholic Prophecy)

    01/01/2015 6:52:32 AM PST · 2 of 11
    ishmac to RBStealth
    I read the Birch book many years ago and thought it was excellent.

    I'm just curious: What do you make of the events that occurred at Garabandal, Spain in 1964? I have many reservations about Medjugorie, but the Garabandal seers have been willing to live lives of obscurity and and humility in line with more traditional seers. They have not, to my knowledge promoted teachings that violate the faith.

    They seem to have foretold the time of agonizing confusion and loss of faith that we are living through. One must of course exercise great caution with private revelations. I'm not here to promote anything, just wondering what you knew about it. You don't have to answer if you don't want to. I have been hoping that The Warning (or something like it) will occur soon. People of our time lack even a residual sense of the supernatural. Consciences seem increasingly dulled. Preaching and exhortation fall on deaf ears. No one seems to care abut the truth. All the usual means of calling people back to God seem ineffectual. One wishes that God Almighty would intervene directly Himself....Well, all we can do is live right and pray.

  • My biggest Texas election surprise: Patrick thumped Van de Putte among Hispanic men

    11/09/2014 8:02:30 AM PST · 27 of 31
    ishmac to 5Madman2
    Probably felt pretty good for them to vote against her

    Yes, most Hispanic guys I know are "men's men." They are hold to the much despised "traditional" roles of men and women, and so do most Hispanic chicks I know.

    Your comment points to a broader cultural phenomenon that could really be exploited by the GOP. People--males especially--are sick of the real gender war in this country: the War on Men. It's been waged for decades now in the courts, the schools, the media, et al, and we're damned tired of it. The war on men has wrecked families, stripped children of their parents, and denied deserving males of advancement and dignity. These new immigrants the Dems are so in love with tend to hold traditional views on these matters. That includes a high proportion of the females as well. If a candidate had the cojones to do so, he could draw on a huge well of justified resentment in growing numbers of men who are fed up with the way society favors women in nearly every forum, from the courts, to schools, to jobs, to damn near everything.

  • Obama post election press conference

    11/06/2014 11:07:21 AM PST · 304 of 306
    ishmac to KC_Conspirator
    Yeah, I first heard that term in one of Bill Whittles' videos. It perfectly captures one of Zero's few real skills: he is an incredibly gifted provacatuer. He's really a master of the Alinskyite school of demonization, and those who think he's simply stupid don't understand him.

    And yes, I DO think Zero is simply stupid in many areas. I doubt he could run the proverbial lemonade stand. There's no evidence that he is an astute lawyer or scholar. He is, however, brilliant at mobilizing a boycott of the lemonade stand and demonizing those who would defend a little kid operating the said lemonade stand. In short, he's incompetent at doing anything beneficial or productive, but he's demonically clever at destroying productive enterprises and guilt-tripping people into surrendering their lawfully gained advantages. He's a very able demagogue, and those on our side who say he's simply stupid are only half right.

    Obama's imagination--and that all his Alinskyite ilk--revolves in a completely different orbit than the ordinary American's. Yet he learned to pass himself off as "one of us." We can only hope that Tuesday's results show that Americans are wising up to the con that is Obama. Let's hope it's not too late!

  • Obama post election press conference

    11/05/2014 8:05:57 PM PST · 289 of 306
    ishmac to KC_Conspirator
    Sorry for the late reply. I just got back.

    Yeah, it was bad. I had forgotten how many untruths he can cram into a single utterance. His sentences are like ICMB's of mendacity. You hear one obvious falsehood, but when you unpack it, 3 or 4 more falsehoods fly out at you. You're so overwhelmed with the blatant lying that you're shocked into silence. I was reminded why I simply can't watch or listen to the man. It's hard to tell whether he is out of touch, or whether he was just "gaslighting" everyone.

  • Obama post election press conference

    11/05/2014 12:17:12 PM PST · 31 of 306
    ishmac to Dog

    This is the first time I’ve listened to Obama live in over 6 years. He’s completely out of touch. OK, now he’s promoting amnesty. Good grief.

  • Wisconsin, Texas voter ID laws blocked by courts

    10/10/2014 4:41:54 AM PDT · 43 of 73
    ishmac to Envisioning
    I thought this was already a done deal in Texas? (((ping))

    Well, as one immigration lawyer put it: "It ain't over till the illegal wins."

  • Noted radio host Dr. Stan Monteith has passed away

    09/29/2014 6:51:26 PM PDT · 11 of 11
    ishmac to Jack Black

    Yes, indeed, he was very familiar with the Quigley outlook. You know, I had never heard of him until I clicked on one of his radio shows on youtube last month. I’ve spent the last couple weeks listening to as many shows as I could.

    I’d love to hear what other freepers think of the recordings. Dr Dunegan’s predictions are really quite jaw-dropping; they are coming true before our very eyes. For example, the degrading of educational quality, coupled with an exhorbitant rise in cost, the longer time needed to gain the same amount of knowledge, sexual liberation (especially the promotion of homosexuality), the exhorbitant cost of housing, the offshoring of whole industries, the attack on American based sports, the mainstreaming of salacious clothing (”skank-wear”), etc.

    I’m usually loathe to believe in conspiracy theories, but this was one was announced in 1969 and and appears to be coming to fulfillment in our time.

  • Noted radio host Dr. Stan Monteith has passed away

    09/29/2014 12:09:57 PM PDT · 6 of 11
    ishmac to GraceG; Dr. Thorne
    Yes, a bit kooky, but his interviews with Dr Lawrence Dunegan and author Randy Engels were very illuminating.

    The YouTube compilation of "The New Order of Barbarians" can be heard in whole and in part at this link:

    The New Order of Barbarians Page

    The linked page contains Dr Dunegan's notes on a presentation by a former medical director of Planned Parenthood from 1969, as well as Monteith's interviews with Dunegan himself and Randy Engel (she wrote the book about the homosexual network in the Catholic Church). The monologue of Dr Dunegan lasts about 2 hours and is ASTONISHINGLY prescient. And although there's a lot of chafe to sift through on some of Monteith's other shows, these interviews are really gold. They rank with the Yuri Bezmenov interviews that were so popular a couple years ago. The recordings and interviews concerning Dr Dunegan really are that illuminating.

    I believe Monteith also did an interview with Fr Malachi Martin, another fascinating, albeit slippery character. It makes for great listening too.

  • Something Wicked (Michael Voris breaks it down)

    09/23/2014 11:12:22 PM PDT · 4 of 7
    ishmac to NKP_Vet
    In my haste, I forgot to mention that Dr Dunegan's recordings discuss his memories of a speech given in 1969 by Dr Richard Day, once the medical director of Planned Parenthood. At the meeting Day asked his listeners not to take notes or record his talk. He revealed what he knew about the coming changes to American society. A synopsis of Dr Dunegan's recordings (he attended the talk) and some background info can be heard HERE.
  • Something Wicked (Michael Voris breaks it down)

    09/23/2014 10:56:52 PM PDT · 3 of 7
    ishmac to NKP_Vet
    The enemies of the Church--and of civilization itself--are really on the march these days. I don't know if an audio called, "The New Order of Barbarians" has ever been published on this site, but it's worth a listen. It can be read HERE in transcript form, and listened to HERE. The doctor who made the recording gave an hour long interview author to Randy Engel, author of The Rite of Sodomy, HERE.

    I put these recordings on par with those done by Soviet defector Yuri Bezmenov. The predictions announced in 1969 are coming true before our very eyes, from the deindustrialization of America to the prominence of revealing clothing and pornography, to the disruption of family life by constant job relocation. Dr Dunegan even predicts the politicization of sports by leftists and the attempt to replace American sports with soccer. The claims cannot be written off as crazy conspiracy talk. The predictions are coming true right before our eyes, with a level of detail that will astonish. Dr Dunegan's recordings belong in the same category as the Bezmenov videos that made the rounds a couple years back, but include ruminations not only about America, but about the universal Church. The whole recording lasts over 4 hours, but the link leads to 20-minute snippets.

    Yes, something wicked this way comes, and it's been in the works for decades. In fact, it's not just coming, it's here. I've stated for years that our problems are way beyond politics now. I pray the something like the "warning" foretold by the seers of Garabandal occurs, as horrible as that sounds. We need divine intervention as desperately as did the soldiers of Vienna and the fleets of Lepanto. The twilight is descending on our civilization.


    07/12/2014 6:19:55 PM PDT · 56 of 61
    ishmac to EEGator
    Maybe Rhonda is the cyborg!

    I don't know if this was mentioned above, but it looks like UFC 176 is off:

    All UFC 176 fights canceled

    The UFC has canceled a UFC 176 pay-per-view event scheduled to take place on Aug. 2 in Los Angeles, due to a non-severe neck injury to headliner Jose Aldo.
    bummer. The link takes you to ESPN, BTW.

    07/12/2014 2:24:41 PM PDT · 51 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode
    Interesting. Of course they had to find somebody who could hang with Rhonda more than 16 seconds. Maybe, you know, a round or two at least??? People will tune out of the women's events if too many more fights go down like that last one.

    Dana White made the smart move and made it quickly. I gotta say, he's a heck of a promoter and a businessman.


    07/05/2014 11:02:03 PM PDT · 43 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Many thanks for hosting, Manic. I tried to keep my comments somewhat....sedate. Did my yellin’ at Twin Peaks in Houston. Hopefully this thread won’t get disappeared?!?!?!?

    I definitely look forward to the next one. Again, thanks for hosting!


    07/05/2014 9:32:02 PM PDT · 37 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Machida was awesome in the flourish at the end, but he was too far behind. There should be a rematch though. Awesome fight in’!


    07/05/2014 9:30:17 PM PDT · 36 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Wow, great fight! Chris won, but there should be a rematch though.


    07/05/2014 9:23:11 PM PDT · 34 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Wow, both look gassed now, Machida’s still fighting! It could still go either way.


    07/05/2014 9:16:09 PM PDT · 32 of 61
    ishmac to ishmac

    Second take down for Chris. Still could go either way though. Machida is cut now! Clear edge to weidman now! Machida looks bedraggled.


    07/05/2014 9:10:16 PM PDT · 30 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Clear edge to Chris after that take down. Machida looks a little beat-up. Chris has has clearly won the first two.


    07/05/2014 9:03:56 PM PDT · 27 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Weismann took the first. Still, a long way to go!


    07/05/2014 8:53:47 PM PDT · 25 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Interesting—I don’t follow the gals as much. It’s still kind of a novelty to me.


    07/05/2014 8:52:02 PM PDT · 24 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Machida/Weidman could be a grinder. Should be a terrific fight, regardless. Pulling for Chris, but Machida will be tough. This could be a great fight.


    07/05/2014 8:41:29 PM PDT · 21 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Does anyone even belong in the ring with Rhonda? Among females that is.


    07/05/2014 8:39:26 PM PDT · 20 of 61
    ishmac to ishmac

    Easy money for Rhonda.


    07/05/2014 8:37:15 PM PDT · 19 of 61
    ishmac to ishmac

    Another fast one!


    07/05/2014 8:29:32 PM PDT · 16 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Got it. Does that last one make the top 5 all-time?


    07/05/2014 8:27:14 PM PDT · 15 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Awesome! Again, thanks.


    07/05/2014 8:19:32 PM PDT · 12 of 61
    ishmac to ishmac

    Well, that was fast. What’s fastest KO ever?


    07/05/2014 8:16:10 PM PDT · 11 of 61
    ishmac to Manic_Episode

    Please add me to the UFC ping list. Thanks!

  • Why Pope Francis is not a Communist

    07/05/2014 9:17:10 AM PDT · 35 of 65
    ishmac to CTrent1564
    I liked Benedict’s measured and thoughtful style. However, I do respect his ability to connect with people in large settings, which is something that Pope John Paul II could do very well.

    I understand exactly what you're saying. I was definitely a JP II admirer. His witness to the faith was decisive in my conversion to the Catholic Church.

    I also admired Benedict while he was still Cardinal Ratzinger. I read the Ratzinger Report and Saltz der Erde while living in Germany. These two books also aided me in my conversion. JP II and "Ratzo" were my cup of tea, and I always saw them as men who were deeply sympathetic to my conservative outlook on everything.

    With Pope Francis, I feel a bit alienated. I have accepted that I am simply not in the primary audience he addresses. That's not a tragedy or anything, and it seems that the Holy Spirit has chosen a new voice for a new time. I respect Francis as the Holy Father, but am also aware that he views secular affairs from a very different perspective than his predecessors. I fear that his off-the-cuff comments about economics, immigration, et al., come off as flippant, and are easily twisted into dangerous social tendencies in the contemporary world.

    Although he has taught nothing heretical when his comments are read in context, one could wish that he were more prudent in his public utterances. In a world that will always bend a Pope's words to its own ends, one could wish that the Holy Father were more measured in his public comments, eg, his "Who am I to judge" comment regarding homosexuals, his "An atheist can go to Heaven" comment, etc.. I personally don't see how they help us evangelize, but then I now realize that I'm not in the primary audience anymore. I still wish he would make his comments less easy to misinterpret.

  • Too many Catholics on the Supreme Court ?

    07/03/2014 9:00:51 AM PDT · 29 of 38
    ishmac to afraidfortherepublic

    He traveled quite a road to get back to the Church. But I guess all of our jouneys across the Tiber are full of twists and turns (I’m a ocnvert myself).

  • Too many Catholics on the Supreme Court ?

    07/03/2014 8:41:07 AM PDT · 26 of 38
    ishmac to afraidfortherepublic
    Thomas is a Catholic convert (like me)...

    Actually, Thomas is a "revert." He was raised Catholic and actually considered becoming a priest at one point. He studied at a seminary in Missouri (Immaculate Conception??? not sure of the name), but decided the priesthood wasn't for him. He got mad at the Church in the 60's while attending college and stopped attending. He reconciled with the Church sometime around the time he married his current wife. He writes about all this in his memoir, My Grandfather's Son.

  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/29/2014 12:54:52 PM PDT · 27 of 28
    ishmac to kearnyirish2
    Czechoslovakia today is two countries...

    True story: I was living in Prague at the time of the break-up. An Englishman asked me with great consternation if I thought Wensceslas Square would be the scene of car bombings and snipings as in the former Yugoslavia. I had a good laugh and told him that neither Czechs nor Slovaks liked the union. The break-up would be more like a "Velvet Divorce" in which both sides said, Good riddance! And both Slovakia and the Czech Republic are doing pretty well these days on their own, thank goodness.

  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/29/2014 9:37:47 AM PDT · 25 of 28
    ishmac to kearnyirish2
    Point granted on "Uncle Ho," and the outlying areas of the empire. My focus was, however, on Central Europe. That's where Hitler's first aggressions took place, right? Austro-Hungary had, for all it's faults, functioned as a power center in that region. When the empire disappeared, a power vacuum arose. Hitler exploited that vacuum.

    The goal of establishing democracy in central Europe was totally serious for men like Masaryk, Benes, et al. The problem was, the geographically crucial area (Bohemia) was now included in the new state of Czechoslovakia. The creation of Czechoslovakia basically recreated a small-scale version of the old empire--with all it's ethnic strife, pettiness, and brittleness. The new Czechoslovakia had none of Austro-Hungary's counterbalancing strengths. Czechoslovakia was bound to break up, but its dissolution was more consequential given its central location.

    The rickety Czechoslovakia was tailor made for dismemberment. Don't forget that the second largest minority group in the new country was German. That's right, there were more Germans in the new Czechoslovakia than there were Slovaks. Those Germans were also in the most industrially developed areas of what we now call the Czech Republic. The Sudeten Germans were never going to be happy as citizens in a Czech majority state. In addition, the Czechs were at times ungracious victors, and although hardly oppressors, they gave the unhappy Sudetens enough to complain about. Hitler and his propaganda machine used these slights to great effect.

    But back to Wilson. Astonishingly, he was unaware of the ethnic composition of the proposed Czechoslovakia when he started pushing for democratization. When he found out, he is said to have cried, "But Masaryk never told me that!" He was completely oblivious to the facts on the ground when he started pushing to redraw the borders of Central Europe.

    Again though, I grant your point about the fringe areas of the empire. No one really cared about them, much less areas like Indo-China.

  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/28/2014 6:59:38 PM PDT · 23 of 28
    ishmac to elcid1970
    In that same city on this day, Bosnian Serbs are dedicating a statue to the assassin Gavrilo Prinzip! A reenactor of Prinzip fires a pistol into the air, TWICE, to commemorate the murders of the Archduke and his wife.

    Good grief, that's sick! Can you imagine a bunch of communists going to Daley Plaza in Dallas and firing 4 shots in celebration of Kennedy's death?!

    I’m mostly Slovenian and I day, how typical of the Serbs.

    When I lived in Prague, my Czech landlady used to tell me about her Serb cousin. "They're like rabid dogs," she used to say. This was during the time of the siege of Sarajevo.

  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/28/2014 6:45:02 PM PDT · 22 of 28
    ishmac to kearnyirish2

    Ugh, sorry for the late reply.

    Although I don’t believe the empire could have survived in its contemporary form, it didn’t have to be annihilated. I see Wilson’s insistence on “democracy for the peoples’ of Central Europe” as an early form of Bush II’s “democracy in the middle East” project. Neither region was ready for it. Had some stronger confederated power block been allowed to survive, Hitler might not have had such an easy time of it. He might have been stopped, or at least hemmed in, before the disaster of Munich.

    The destruction of Austro-Hungary was an overwrought reaction of the victors and smacked of shear vengeance. It was similar to the ruinous reparations visited on Germany. Neither policy was prudent, leaving both Germany and lands of the former empire prostrate, but not destroyed. They became more susceptible to the demogogue’s siren song after being ruined by reparations and splintered by Wilson’s “democratic imperative.”

    Of course the Czechs and some other nationalities benefited from a short-lived freedom, but didn’t it get them swallowed up first by Hitler and then by Stalin? Anyway, just my honest opinion. Stopping Hitler was going to be a close run thing not matter what happened to the empire.

  • WWI and the Second Fall of Man

    06/27/2014 11:18:28 PM PDT · 13 of 28
    ishmac to iowamark
    As well as the end of the Hapsburg Austro-Hungarian Empire.

    Yes, and don't forget who was a decisive figure in this destruction: U.S. President Woodrow Wilson. We rightly complain that he was the first progressive "dictocrat" president here at home, but his foreign meddling after the war helped set the stage for WW II. He did this largely by pursuing the calamitous policy of destroying the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. Although he did this in cahoots with the French, he was still one of the major drivers of this insane policy. In breaking up A-H, he created the little states that Hitler was able to occupy one by one in the run-up to WW II.

  • Time for a special prosecutor on IRS after “lost” e-mails?

    06/14/2014 7:40:40 PM PDT · 12 of 30
    ishmac to SeekAndFind

    The arch-provacateurs a strike again. The aren’t even trying to come up persuasive lies anymore. They deal with the opposition and the American people from a posture of ‘ FU.’


    05/27/2014 7:58:14 PM PDT · 338 of 489
    ishmac to JRandomFreeper
    If Patrick gets rid of the Dems in chairman positions in the Senate...

    I wholeheartedly agree. I do think Patrick will have to be watched closely. Although he breaks our way often, I don't think he's totally reliable. For now, though, I'll take him. We'll get some wins with Patrick as Lt Gov, even if its only for a while.


    05/27/2014 7:41:51 PM PDT · 314 of 489
    ishmac to csivils
    I’m glad Do-worst is gone, but I’m not a fan of Patrick

    Yeah, that's about where I'm at too. I believe Patrick will sell us out eventually. I just hope it's later rather than sooner. In any case, Dewhurst had to go. Patrick will have to walk the walk at least for a while. That's an improvement. We've GOT to get diminish Straus's influence.

  • Why I Filmed My Abortion [abortion counselor has unprotected sex, then films her own abortion]

    05/06/2014 11:43:47 AM PDT · 60 of 87
    ishmac to grundle

    I’ve been following this horrific story all morning. Has anyone one authenticated it? I know there’s a video out there, but I’m not touching that click-bait from Hell. Do we know for certain that this event happened as the woman has described?

    I don’t deny that women in our corrupt culture are capable of performing such a horror. My question is, did THIS particular woman do what she claimed? Just asking.

    The purveyors of abortion are capable of anything, and that doesn’t just include murder. It includes lying and hoaxing. The event could well have happened as she described it. But could she be just trolling everyone to get our goat? Will she come out two days from now and say, “Dudes, you prolifers are so uncompassionate!!”

    Again, I’m not saying this woman didn’t perpetrate the deed as she descibed. I’m only asking that we confirm her account. There’s something a little “staged” about the account and her rationalizations. Just askin’.

  • Terry Bradshaw Talks to Jay Leno About (Duck Dynasty's) Phil Robertson (Video)

    12/24/2013 12:56:33 PM PST · 40 of 77
    ishmac to Fawn
    Fawn, the entire book of Exodus can be read as casting a skeptical eye on the institution of slavery. There are passages in the Levitical code that may seem to make accommodations to slavery, but the thrust of Exodus is that slavery is something we should be delivered from. Those who say that the Bible condones slavery in toto either haven't read it or haven't understood it.

    That slave owners may have appealed to the Bible in order to support the institution means nothing. Abolitionists appealed to the same Bible, so the case is at least ambiguous.

  • A Précis of the Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality and Homosexual Acts

    12/21/2013 2:25:20 PM PST · 7 of 10
    ishmac to NYer
    Dr Latkovic is a fine man and a great teacher. I took one of his classes when I was at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and he is first rate.
  • In shift, GOP wants ObamaCare fix (RINOs are back)

    11/11/2013 6:02:59 AM PST · 19 of 53
    ishmac to Olog-hai
    The House legislation that is scheduled for a vote this week is sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

    Nota bene that the House bill is sponsored by über-RINO, Freddie Upton, who was a major force behind the light bulb ban. He's a scion of the Whirlpool fortune and is another millionaire whose healthcare and retirement we are all paying for. Sadly, this millionaire parasite will probably never be defeated in his MI district. The region has gotten too purple in recent years. His hellacious bill can, however, be defeated.

  • Padre Pio reminds us that intrigues and scandals are trivial compared to the great goal of heaven

    09/23/2013 7:08:59 AM PDT · 15 of 44
    ishmac to St_Thomas_Aquinas

    St Gemma Galgani, a young woman who lived in Lucca Italy from 1878 to 1903, also received physical beatings from the devil.

  • Christianity Gave Birth to Science

    08/12/2013 8:37:36 PM PDT · 24 of 33
    ishmac to Jean S

    Modern science, science as we know it, is indeed a product of the Christian west. Other cultures had some very powerful intellects (for example, the Greeks for math and philosophy, the Chinese, Babylonians, and Indians for mathematics) and gave the world powerful speculative systems (the Aristotelian cosmic model is a notable one). But modern science as a self-sustaining enterprise, which discovers the quantitative regularities of material things in motion and provides a built-in basis for its own corrections is the fruit of Christian Europe.

    The discovery of the quantitative regularities of material things and the expression of these regularities in mathematical expressions and equations are what characterize modern science. You will scarcely find anything similar in past cultures — at least not on our scale of systematization. And although other cultures had times of breakthrough and discovery, within a generation or two their creative impulse flags and stagnation sets in. The sages end up teaching the “same old, same old.” Only in the west (and areas of the globe deeply influenced by the west) does this adventure of discovery sustain itself over centuries. Only in the Christian west (and again, in those places and peoples strongly influenced by the Christian west) does the process of discovery develop an ongoing impetus that gives rise to permanent institutions.

    There’s a lot more to be said about this and I know my views on this are debatable. One thing you should know, however, is that most modern “classics” in the history of science try to downplay the Christian cultural background of its origins. These writers are usually secularists who soft-pedal any possible any connection between Christian faith and the origin of modern science.

    This attempt to drive a wedge between modern science and Christianity has a long history. It goes back to at least Voltaire. It is one of the main drivers of secularization in our time. I would suggest picking up a copy of some of Fr Stanley Jaki’s books on the history of modern science. He can give you a fact-based history of how modern science developed from a conservative Christian point of view that isn’t merely apologetics.

  • Christianity Gave Birth to Science

    08/12/2013 7:01:12 PM PDT · 16 of 33
    ishmac to Enza Ferreri

    I am surprised that the name of the late Fr Stanley Jaki did not come up (if it did, I missed it). Fr Jaki was one of the foremost historians of science in the 20th and early 21st century.

    Fr Stanley was a Benedictine priest who was born in Hungary. He survived WWII and was able to escape to New Jersey when the commies took over after the war. He earned Ph.D’s in theology and later in physics. His advisor for the physics Ph.D—whose name I can’t remember at the moment—taught at Fordham and went on to share the Nobel Prize in physics. Fr Stanley’s teachers were of the highest caliber.

    Fr Jaki himself won the Templeton Prize for advancements in the field of religion, and gave the famed Gifford Lecture Series at the University of Edinburgh in 1975-76. These lectures were published under the title of, “ The Road of Science and the Ways to God.” The book is a challenging read, but indispensable if you are interested in the history of modern science.

    An easier introduction to his writings would be through his many essays. The collection, “Numbers Decide and Other Essays” would be good for quant types. My own favorite is a book called, “The Absolute Beneath the Relative.” Also excellent and accessible to the general reader is his autobiography, “A Mind’s Matter.”

    Fr Jaki was a lifelong anti communist and used to be published in all the conservative journals such as the old National Review, et al. His thumbnail sketch of the history of modern science is called “The Baby and the Bathwater.” I highly recommend it.

  • [April 13, 2011] Hate speech comes to Hattie Obama’s ex-pastor visits Shady Grove

    07/27/2013 11:29:57 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    ishmac to Hotmetal

    Wright is a true, modern-day Manichean. To him, everything non-European is pure, incapable of sin, and immaculate. Non-Europeans therefore have no need of redemption, their mere existence is already beyond sin. They are like the proletariate in Marx or the Arian race in Naziism.

    OTOH, everything European is wholly corrupt, totally depraved, and incapable of redemption. In short, Europeans are wholly damnable by their mere existence, and they thus hold the same status as that of the bourgeoise in Marxism and that of the Jews in Naziism.

    To Wright, St Paul’s saying, “In Christ there is no black or white, slave or free, male or female” etc, has no authority. He probably thinks Paul was too “Europeanized,” something of a Jewish “Oreo.” Wright does indeed poison the minds and hearts of those he listens to. The substance of this man’s teaching is truly evil.

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