The Orthodoxy Of Epiphany

The Orthodoxy Of Epiphany

And, with this, I really do wrap up Christmastide. For today is the celebration of Epiphany in the Eastern Orthodox Church, which both never switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian one that most of us use and celebrates Epiphany as the day of Jesus’ baptism of Jesus by John the Forerunner in the River Jordan rather than the arrival of the three Magi.

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Islam’s Weathervane

The winds of time change and with them change the winds of societies and religions or, at least, the hearts and minds of the adherents to religions. When dealing with them, one needs to check the weathervane for their current conditions.

Jihadism is Islam's Weathervane
Jihadism Is Islam’s Weathervane

Well the winds of Islam are blowing strongly straight towards the barbarism and feral savagery they wallowed in during the first century of its unfortunate existence.

Yes, it’s quite true that we could look back many centuries and find a time when the Muslim World was arguably the center of philosophical and scientific thought, a time when Muslims should more humanity and tolerance than Christendom did, especially when it came to either free thought or the Jews. Likewise, it is equally true that, if one looks back many centuries, one can find a time when Christendom was horrifically intolerant and prone to persecuting people.

Yet both the golden age of Islam and the dark age of Christianity are long buried in annals of history. We, the living must deal with the winds of today and today the winds of Islam are ill winds indeed.

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Agitatio Incompositus

Christendom, in this instance exemplified by the Catholic Church but applicable to the whole of the Western World, has or had a phrase, “Tranquillitas Ordinis.” I means “an ordered peace” or “the the peace of all things.” It was coined and defined by St. Augustine, expanded upon by St. Thomas Aquinas, and updated and codified by George Weigel.

Agitatio Incompositus
Agitatio Incompositus

Now, of course, the titular leader of the Free World is Obama and his vision of a dynamic, rightly ordered political community differ greatly from anything we in the West have had to deal with before. His paradigm could better be described as “Agitatio Incompositus,” a disordered disturbance.

While Obama’s doctrine of Agitatio Incompositus is seen in everything the boy does, it’s most glaringly obvious in his handling, if it can be called such, the problem of the Muslims and the various atrocities they bring with them wherever the go.

Then, Obama is no son of- or friend to Christianity or of anything that was build of the stones of that faith. His loyalties seem more rooted in the Islam of his forefathers, though even that loyalty seems to be filter through the lens of Black Liberation Theology and the lens of his own pathological narcissism. Hence, it’s not shocking that the boy strives to undo what was created.

Perhaps we in the Civilized World should not so entirely happy and relieved that the “Medieval Christian threat” is quite so under control.

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The Fall Of Christendom

Ruined ChurchIt’s not unfair to say that, in America, Christendom has fallen. True, it hasn’t hit the ground yet but it’s plummeting towards it insofar as it being a cohesive ethical, social, and political force in America. Christendom’s fall is a woeful but not unexpected course of events and may well be the harbinger of America’s fall as well.

Simply put, this is because the Church, as opposed to- and separate from the Faith, grew, and grew, and grew – and outgrew its purpose, thereby destroying itself. It became something that was largely alien, antithetical even in some instances, from its actual duty and lost its flocks.

One statement, often repeated in clerical circles, sums up the problem that various sects of the Christian church are facing.

The church began as a fellowship in rural Judea. It grew into a movement in Jerusalem. It became a philosophy in Greece, an institution in Rome, a culture in Europe and, when it came to America, it became a business… a highly profitable business.

Despite the hopeful cries of the Godless – and many Pagans – it’s not, insofar as I can see, any issue with Christianity’s doctrine or dogma that has caused Christendom’s fall. It is that the churches have become to embroiled in the secular matters of being businesses and have debased their message of faith by doing so.

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