Wednesday, April 24th 2024

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

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Having been tipped-off that the 2007 Halldor Laxness biography by Halldor Gudmundsson had been issued in paperback and Kindle; I bought myself a copy to re-read.

Although I did not much enjoy the biography, because Laxness was such a "high psychoticism" kind of genius as to make uncomfortable ...

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Tuesday, April 23rd 2024

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

I have just learned that Karl Wallinger, the Welsh-born musician, multi-instumentalist, and songwriter best known for his work with The Waterboys and World Party, passed away a little more than a month ago at 66.

In all honesty, I don't know much more about Wallinger nor the bands with which he was associated, but ...

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Author iconMeeting The Masters
William Wildblood

"I repent me of the ignorance wherein I ever said that God made men out of nothing: there is no nothing out of which to make anything: God is all in all, and he made us out of himself. He who is parted from God has no original nothingness with which to take refuge."

George MacDonald, Weighed and Wanting.

George ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

I would recommend reading Francis Berger's recent analysis of why the "Socio-Sexual Hierarchy" discourse is so abhorrent - especially among self-identified Christians.

Berger captures most of the many reasons why I find the whole thing so stupid, and embarrassing!

Embarrassing, because I don't think those who ...

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Bruce Charlton

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I recommend watching the (legiondary?) 1977 BBC adaptation of Rosemary Sutcliff's The Eagle of the Ninth classic children's novel.

This comes from that seventies Golden Age of serious children's TV; which probably began with the 1969 version of Alan Garner's The Owl Service and perhaps reached ...

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

If, as Christians believe, love is indeed the most important "thing"; that, in some sense, creation is "made-from" love - then I can imagine the first stage as God's love of the (already-existing) Beings of reality.

A state in which these Beings are only-as very-slightly self-aware as babies or infants, and they ...

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Monday, April 22nd 2024

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

The cuckoos are calling, which means the poppies will begin blooming soon.

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Love is the major and ineradicable constraint on the Christian possibilities of this mortal life.

By which I mean that it is the intrinsic limitations of our ability to love in this-life; that mean "Heaven on Earth" is not just difficult but impossible

It is the limits of our ability to love that - to various ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Last night I was once again creating a glossary to accompany an English reading assignment for my Taiwanese students. The article had to do with health, and one of the words I had to gloss was build. My students were already familiar with the primary sense of that verb, as in "build a house" (Chinese 建造), but this ...

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Romanticism began in the middle to late 1700s, among a few - mostly upper class - individuals in Western Europe; and progressively spread in its influence through the general population of The West.

I regard this as a surface manifestation of a development of human consciousness, which is ultimately divinely ...

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Sunday, April 21st 2024

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

Those who promulgate or display an obsessive interest in things like sociosexual hierarchies tend to refer to whatever they criticize or oppose as fake and gay.

No real objection from me there; much of what sociosexual hierarchy adherents criticize or oppose is indeed fake and gay.

However, sociosexual hierarchy ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

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A sketch by JRRT of the building where he lodged at Stonyhurst

A brief but interesting account of a lecture from March 1946, by Tolkien in Stonyhurst school and discovered by Oronzo Cilli, is given over at my Notion Club Papers blog.

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Yesterday, I saw a link on Synlogos to a John C. Wright post titled simply "Eautology," and I clicked just to see what the word was supposed to mean. On first seeing it, I mentally pronounced it as a homophone of otology, thinking the first element must be eau, the French for "water." I guessed the t was added for ...

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Saturday, April 20th 2024

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Bruce Charlton

I have often written about the Litmus Test issues of our time; those thin-end-of-wedges, those slippery slopes, those tips of evil-icebergs.

A Litmus Test is an issue that is linked to the agenda of evil; the strategy of Satan and the demons. The issue itself may seem to be minor, subjective, or in principle not ...

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Francis Berger

Many Christians and conservatives continually express deep concerns about the future -- more exactly, about the kind of world we will leave our children and grandchildren. Though I empathize with such concerns, I find most are limited in perspective and tainted by misguided notions of what the future means in ...

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Author iconTrees and Triads
Laeth

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The nightmare was always the same. Eleven years old, storming out of the backdoor of their old country house, running at full speed past the kitchen garden and into the lemon grove, then through the abandoned park and into the road that finally leads to the factory. Flames and fumes of green and ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

I stumbled across this recording and was immediately gripped, and deeply impressed, by its musicianship.

Once begun; I could not stop watching and listening.

Indeed, this may be the single most impressive playing of a piece by Bach on piano I have heard since Glenn Gould - although the interpretation is extremely ...

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Bruce Charlton

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Like many boys before the middle 1960s, I had a craze on railway trains, in particular steam trains - fuelled by the stories of anthropomorphic railways by the Rev W Awdry, and from watching the many "tank engines" working at the coal mine just opposite my Granny's house.

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One reason that we are fed a relentless diet of dystopian books, movies and TV - i.e. why this theme is so lavishly funded by The Establishment; is that consuming dystopian fiction demonstrably has zero benefit in terms of prevention (but instead facilitates actual dystopias by psychological and ...

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Friday, April 19th 2024

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Author iconMeeting The Masters
William Wildblood

This is the title of what looks an interesting book but I haven't read it and I'm not going to because it is an academic treatise and I am more concerned with the basic thesis than a trawl through history to make a point. The sub-title is Lucifer as the Liberator of Women in Nineteenth-Century Culture, and the book ...

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Thursday, April 18th 2024

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

Last night (the night of April 17), I visited Engrish.com, a site I used to check fairly regularly but hadn't been to in, oh, years probably. I ended up scrolling through lots and lots of photos, two of which stood out as synchronistically interesting -- one at the time, and the other in retrospect the next day.

On ...

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

Most of my interactions with most people amount to little more than System interactions. People everywhere relate to each other only through the System.

And this is not limited to interpersonal relationships between humans. It extends to all Creation. I struggle to remember the last time I heard someone speak about ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

This morning's post, "Gold bars and bread worship (syncs with a side of meme critique)" continued the bread sync theme -- which began with "A loaf of bread is dear" (meaning both "expensive" and "beloved") -- and focused on the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation. This is defined by Oxford as "the conversion of ...

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Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Laeth's aphorisms are absolutely excellent! I find some to be witty and profound - in a "supertruth" way.

But at present they are unorganized, and presented in a non-user-friendly fashion; so you will need to work at them.

Here, I have extracted several aphorisms on the Omni-God concept that I have often discussed ...

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Author iconFrom the Narrow Desert
Wm Jas Tychonievich

On April 16, I posted "Loaves of gold," a sync post which has to do with 金條, the Chinese term for a gold bar. Not just gold bars in general, mind you, but specifically in Chinese.

On April 17, Ann Barnhardt launched her spinoff site BarnhardtMemes.com, her inaugural post being "Barnhardt Meme Barrage 17 April, ...

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Wednesday, April 17th 2024

Author iconBruce Charlton's Notions
Bruce Charlton

Romantic Christianity is the explicit acknowledgment that we live in an age - indeed, the first such in history - of bespoke Christian spirituality: in other words, each Man's religion must be "made-to-measure", because all of the "off-the-peg" spiritualties are unfit for purpose.

"Explicit" is the key; because even ...

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

Acknowledge debt slavery and recognize that that underpins 99.8% of this-worldly thoughts and actions.

​It probably wouldn't hurt to also admit that most metaphysical assumptions -- if they can be called that -- only serve to justify such shallow, this-worldly servility.

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Author iconFrancis Berger - Blog
Francis Berger

Note to self more than anything -- I heard the first cuckoo call of the spring three days ago, April 14, which aligns with previous years, give or take a day.

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Francis Berger

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