The Fist of Truth

Posted July 7, 2017 By John C Wright

Sound the trumpets! The battlecry goes up!

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Unanswered Inequality Challenge

Posted July 7, 2017 By John C Wright

I was asked a number of pointed questions on the topic of monarchy and equality, but from too many directions, given my limited time, to answer all. In this column I hope to gather my thoughts into a general response.

A wise and venerable commentor on my blog remarked here recently that it was xenophobia for the Know-Nothing party of the Nineteenth Century to wish to “bar Irish (and German) Catholics from becoming naturalized US citizens because, being subservient to the Pope, an absolute monarch, they were unable to understand democracy and thus to assimilate into a democratic society.”

For what it is worth, I think it goes without saying that, by and large, many Catholics are fine fellows and understand democracy just fine.

Except on my blog.

I would have thought that there were the same number of Americans yearning for the bonds and stripes of having a king and haughty nobles lording it over them, and serfs and fawning slaves under them, as there were astronomers still adhering to geocentrism, or chemists to the phlogeston theory.

Nonetheless a good number of readers routinely comment here that it is not self evident that all men are created equal, and that they are not endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, among which are the rights to life, liberty, and property.

The idea of monarchy is apparently alive and well, and the history of all mankind back to prehistory about the corruptive influence of monarchic power holds no lesson for the advocates of abolishing equality and returning to a class system or caste system.

Ironically, as best I can guess, all these modern day monarchists of my acquaintance are Catholics.

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Lost on the Last Continent, Episode 05, Huntsmen of Pangaea, is now posted on Patreon.

Episode 05 Huntsmen of Pangaea

In this exciting episode, Colonel Lost uses his particular skills to flee the hunters following. The chase lasts day and night. He is not alone. 

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Catwoman! The Feline Felon!

Posted July 4, 2017 By John C Wright

Per a reader request. He claimed to have a doctor’s report showing the necessity for his continued life, health, and well-being. And it is not as if I need any persuading:

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Hymn of the Pearl

Posted July 3, 2017 By John C Wright

I am boosting the signal for Brian Niemeier, a friend and ally, and the author of NETHEREAL, SOULDANCER, THE SECRET KINGS.  His next book THE HYMN OF THE PEARL is out, so buy a copy or nine.

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Not Tired of Winning Yet XXVI

Posted July 3, 2017 By John C Wright

President Trump fulfilled another campaign promise and recinded the absurdly unconstitutional Johnson Amendment, which is a Dem administration IRS regulation threatening preachers, priests and pastors with loss of their tax free status for their churches should they ever speak on political matters from the pulpit.

I had never heard any so called conservative politicians even speaking on the topic of the Johnson Amendment erenow. It has been in place for decades, an insolent, open, filthy, glaring, and obvious desecration of the central Constitutional liberty embodied in the First Amendment.

Any prior GOP president could have struck down this gross Democrat Party middle finger in the eyeball of all American long ago, with the stroke of a pen. None did. None, as far as I know, ever even discussed the matter.

This is cause for true celebration.

 

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Last Crusade: Trespassers and Refugees

Posted July 2, 2017 By John C Wright

We are investigating the question of what the proper Christian is obligated by his love of Christ to support on the matter of illegal immigration. That a Christian nation has some moral obligation to help refugees in need is clearly announced in Scripture: but this is not the sole word the Scripture speaks on the issue.

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Meme Time

Posted July 1, 2017 By John C Wright

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Reviewer Praise for IRON CHAMBER OF MEMORY

Posted June 30, 2017 By John C Wright

Perhaps the highest praise I have ever received. All glory goes to God, of course, more so in this case than most, for the author is unwise who praises not his Author when praised: but it is nice to find a reader for whom my humble work was fit and fated and meet.

http://www.coreymccleery.com/uncategorized/book-review-iron-chamber-of-memory-by-john-c-wright/

There was a time when I was suffering from a bout of spiritual darkness. A habitual sin, strong enough to be an addiction, had taken over my life. But, by God’s grace, I had been freed from it, though the scars and wounds it had left are still disappearing.

But one of the signs that I was healing came one night, when an urge struck me. An urge not to give in to that sin, but an urge to seek out something of beauty. An urge I had not felt in a while.

An urge to read poetry.

I found a free, online poem from master poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson that I drank in like it was fragrant wine, and it was a refreshing experience for the soul. Poetry, you see, is not like prose works in that there is an extra depth to it. One reads prose to experience a story the way one drinks water to quench thirst. But if prose is water, than poetry is wine.

Nowadays, modern poetry, which had abandoned meter, rhyme, imagery, and other such poetic devices as ‘too restrictive,’ is like soured and fouled wine, a disgusting swill that makes sure you remember the taste, and hate yourself for doing so. Modern poetry is about emotion, and nothing else; anything from agonized self-flagellation to unabashed profanity is lauded as ‘deep’ and ‘controversial,’ despite it being the opposite of the sort. Now, there is some therapeutic reason for this poetry. It is not all doggerel, but the raw emotion of it can both make it cathartic to the author, and sometimes the reader.That poetry may have some kernels of beauty in it, but that was not the thing that sated the urge to read poetry. I was not wanting to hunt for the beautiful needle in the haystack of emotional screams and profanity.

No, my friends. If you wish to drink in poetry, to indulge in true beauty, you must go to the masters of old. Tennyson, for example. Read it aloud, and savor the meter, the rhyme, the way the very language bends to create a musicality to the words, even without you adding melody to it. Savor the beauty of the words, how they make ideas and images conjure forth into your mind’s eye. It is an art that I thought lost, to create such things of beauty with words. Now, all who claim to practice this art tend to use obscure and bizarre metaphor, while pretentiously preening themselves over the quality of their prose.

And then there’s John C. Wright.

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In Christ is Neither Greek Nor Jew

Posted June 30, 2017 By John C Wright

Forgive my impatience, but I would have thought the yearning for monarchs died in the First World War, and any romanticism about dictatorships died in the Second World War and the Cold War that followed. I am not merely surprised, I am deeply shocked and troubled to find so many persons yearning for chains.

A reader with the perfectly cromulent Biblical (and Starwarsian) name of Luke writes and asks:

My read on the Church is that it teaches rightful submission to authority (so long as the authority issues moral commands). All submit to Christ and His Church, clerics to the Pope, priests to their bishops, laity to their priests. Outside of the Church families submit to the authority of the husband / father, students to the teacher, citizens to the police, judges and government (render unto Caesar).

My comment: submission to lawful authority in all things save only that which contravenes God’s law has been taught from the beginning of the Church. Likewise the submission of children to parents, wives to husbands, slaves to masters and no on.

The Church teaches both the submission to lawful authority, and teaches the equality of men. Say what you will, but this is no more a paradox than to teach the whole divinity and whole humanity of Christ.

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