Tuesday, April 29, 2014

N.B.A. Bans Stirling For Life; Fined Millions

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Stirling was banned for life and fined at least $2.5 million for interactive talk with his girlfriend at the time. She seemed to be bullying Stirling into acquiescing into saying he is racist, yet he said he loved blacks yet didn't want her to bring them to his Clippers games. He said that he had a culture or something to be concerned about. I took that to mean that rich people need to seem morally superior and so he wanted her to remain low-profile and not draw attention to herself with people like Magic Johnson. If one is in the business class and not Hugh Hefner one needs traditionally to seem as square as Bill Gates.

 It is difficult to imagine Donald Stirling in the company of the Puritans so influenced by John Calvin. Even so it is worth recollecting that one of Martin Luther's biggest mistakes was in supporting his friend Phillip of Hesse-The Landgrave's-bigomy. The Landgrave like Frederick the Elector had been very supportive in trying to safely reconcile various German divisions yet the gratitude perhaps went too far.

Albert Einstein-a physical twin of George LeMaitre-a priestly inventor of big bang theory-in making his self-described biggest blunder of adding a cosmological constant to his General Theory of Relativity actual turned out to have been right about that too. Unlike ordinary mortals Einstein was right even when he thought he was wrong.

Well so much for that genuine Stirling error. Evidently the N.B.A. leadership knows that Stirling really meant that his Clipper's games were for white people only and that he didn't want his girlfriend to be seen with blacks even though she is of mixed up race for-herself and for-others because he is a slum lord and so the tape is just good enough for a lifetime ban. At least Pete Rose was supposed top have gambled enough to go to jail.

Now the public can feel safer and recover from the damage Stirling caused with that horrible 9 minute 26 second conversation.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/nba-race-furor/clippers-owner-donald-sterling-fined-2-5m-banned-life-nba-n92671

 http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-watch-live-nba-donald-sterling-20140429-dto,0,1366821.story

-note; I have no idea about Stirling's slum lord activities. It seems possible that this episode was an effort to get Stirling because of his social history. Even so the big lie is something that traditionally concerns me at the political level. Hitler, holocaust and global warming deniers, Arabs teaching bad stuff about Jews in elementary school books and so forth use the big lie. It would be difficult for an impartial juror with rudiments of language and logic instruction to find much in the recording that Stirling actually deserves such a suspension for.  At the least public and private speech implicitly are different things.

-post script; Donald Sterling's former girlfirend or former employee said he is not racist...
http://time.com/86690/v-stiviano-says-donald-sterling-is-not-a-racist/

If Sterling isn't racist the broadcast media and N.B.A. are providing an excellent example of corporatism and political correctness in action. It is no wonder that corporate employees make such milk-toast or no political comments and the two parties are the way they are. American corporate employees need to watch everything they say or big brother will herre and demote them.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Will Sanctions Help Russia Detach From Future Dollar Crash?


For more than a decade financial analysts have foreseen the prospect of the crash of the dollar. I wonder if the sanctions on Russia imposed by the administration will help to accelerate the process or if Russia may be better situated to overcome the fiscal mismanagement of D.C. even thought the capable Janet Yeltsin from Wal-Street has taken over the reigns of the federal reserve.

U.S. public debt today is nearly 17.5 trillion dollars. 

Russia may be able to sell it's dollar reserves and develop the ruble as a mid-currency floating it's value on the global stock exchange where investors could buy and sell it though Moscow could print out currency as it liked. The alternatives for Russia might be to buy the Yuan and Euro simultaneously balancing the ruble on a combination of the two.

With a more stable indexed ruble the global financial markets may be able to survive the crash of the possibly over-valued dollar. While Russia is trying to recover the Russian Ukraine following the cold war ending loss signed into being by Boris Yelin it may be able to serve the interest of stabilizing the global currency market.

Donald Sterling Conundrum: Sell Out-Let Clippers Move to Northwest?

The spare basketball team in L.A. owned by an affirmative action language failure plainly should be sold and moved to Boise Idaho to become the N.B.A. Spuds or Mashed.

When Orwellian Ministry of Truth language analysis plainly shows that private language to concubines or whatever isn't appropriate righteous politically correct verbiage fit for T.M.Z. viewers it is time to make the donuts and sell the aloof offshore sailing yacht club to an American city like Boise where potatoes are king.

Even President Obama has weighed in on the topic from somewhere in Malaysia or China or wherever he is keeping tabs on Donald Silverberg from, or whatever his name is.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

U.S. Public Debt Today $ 1 7 , 4 4 5 , 2 4 6 , 8 8 7 , 0 8 7 . 1 6

Sterling's magic johnson troubles with girlfriend and race

After listening to nine minutes of San Diego Clipper's owner Sterling's talk with his girlfriend in which he repeatedly, disgustingly and ingratiatingly says that he loves black people (reminding me of Donald Pleasence in 'Escape From New York' saying 'your the duke') I am not sure that Sterling actually made anything that is a racist comment. With all the who-haw I thought he must have said something about mean flying monkey warriors from the Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland.
James Naismith with a basketball.jpg
Certainly he didn't intend to do anything more than to ask his girlfriend not to 'broadcast'  pictures of herself on Instagram with stars like Magic Johnson who is Afro-American. Instagram could be some sort of Internet hangout I guess-maybe comparable to Twitter. As a philandering old rich white guy that is understandable-why should he want his girlfriend to be a publicity hound drawing attention to herself?
image-James Naismith-Candian inventor of basketball

  It seems in the tape that Sterling's girlfriend is doing her best to frame up a racist paradigm. Sterling doesn't seem to have any solid racist content in his interaction-it seems it's mostly about the lady hanging around people of potentially loose morals-Wilt Chamberlain screwed 25,000 women, and Magic Johnson may have used his magic johnson/electrical banana on a few too. It is worth considering that the paradigm of an N.B.A. owner paying millions and millions of dollars to generally black athletes and perhaps sexing up an attractive Hispanic woman is less a matter of the racist on his media plantation chumping the powerless or a person of interest planning a Mengelish psychological takeover of society  than that of a Comdogger paradigm as contrasted with a Commander. In the realm of vice (in this case meaning informal kitch relationships) things can go wrong that are implicitly undignified.

Plainly pro sports is corrupt with salaries that go far beyond their worth to society. Sterling said nothing about watermelons, Speedy Gonzalez, magic jumping beans, the Old Sawannee River or fried chicken, nor anything about quantum mechanics. With the world environment in decay and unemployed college graduates searching to adapt to fast food restaurant work the public building of sports stadiums and narcissistic neurotic sports media codling attention and exorbitant, 1% pay for pro sports stars is disgusting. Naismith invented a prophylaxis against teen-age wasteland game, and that shouldn't draw the top pay in America. Learning honest work should be more profitable for anyone than learning games. Hoops is not productive-it doesn't build anything at all-its a luxury, entertainment game.

People are starving in some parts of India, the Sudan and Bangladesh now and then and global warming is building. Public colleges and Universities should stop paying for athletes to travel anywhere and sports in colleges should just be intramural. Scholarship should be stressed and no scholarships given to sports students.

If old white men want to play their magic johnsons with women besides their wives enhanced with legal dope, viagra and possibly glow in the dark condoms they should not expect it to be risk free. Adultery isn't a policy of safe sex.

http://extramustard.si.com/2014/04/26/clippers-donald-sterling-racist-comments-girlfriend/

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Unintended Economic Consequences, Externalities & Narrow Self-Interest

I wanted to write something about unintended consequences and externalities of the pursuit of narrow self-interest in short range goals that sometimes occur. Governments, corporations and even individuals may generate vast and significant consequences unintentionally.

Slavery in the western hemisphere developed because of the narrow self-interest of producers desirous of cheap labor. The externality was the presence and transcendence of the African descendents of slavery in the Americas today-that's a good thing for heirs of Africa yet it is impossible to use that as an excuse for slavery. It is unlikely that Brits, Dutch, Spanish and Portuguese thought that the western hemisphere should have tens of millions of Africans and so used slavery as an opportunity to relocate them.

Cheap labor from Latin America combined with descendents of slaves is also generating the unintended consequence of making American dependents of Europeans a minority. The wealthy seek after the short-term goal of profit without social concern.

The invasion of Europe by Muslim forces of the Ummayad dynasty brought a thousand year war with the west reducing development of Muslim civilization. The counter-productive Muslim effort to assert a planetary theocracy for the prophet of war in submission to Allah has generally reduced the quality of Muslim life and culture. Obama administration effort to be a prophet of homosexual marriage globally may change the Muslim role-unintended consequence.

President Obama is seeking a $10 an hour minimum wage. The unintended consequence would be an accelerated job loss to China. Chinese labor is far cheaper than U.S. labor and will be for some time. Speaker Boehner suggest job training for the unemployed and low wage workers yet it is far cheaper to train Chinese and Indians than Americans-and any jobs that pay well yet can be outsourced to China will be for the next twenty years.

Jobs that cannot be outsourced that are low-tech are filled by illegal aliens and first generation descendents of illegal aliens to a substantial extent. U-6 under-employed Americans are told to get good tech training yet because of the aforementioned reason of outsourcing good jobs and the fact that training is expensive and has no pay while training is going on in some sort of school that prospect is dubious. One can have tech college and academic college degrees and get no work. The there is also the racial and cultural thing-it is tough to get work in Hispanic majority areas if one isn't Hispanic.

Unintended consequences abound in U.S. foreign policy. The Syrian civil war brought more than a 100,000 casualties and the Obama administration supported it in order to remove Bashir Assad and create a democracy. Reasonable people knew that culturally a religious war in that area is a fight to the death and difficult to extinguish. It may be even more difficult to get those people to live together peaceably with a democratic environment. Not even the U.S. Congress is competent on non-partisan development of environmental conservation, full employment and zero illegal alien immigration.

Unintended consequences are presently disregarded in much economic planning. Planning in engineering is regarded as necessary yet in economics it is considered Utopian or illusory. In the age of fracture it is better regarded perhaps by the administration to be a doper driving a car like millions of others without interest in high-speed non-fossil fuel mass transit with local low-impact electronic shuttling through restored wilderness.

An unintended consequence of the contemporary economic practices is the destruction of ecospheric diversity and health. None really intend to destroy it or to create global warming yet they do individually and collectively. President Obama and some congressmen may not intend to harm the Russian and world economic or renew a cold war with Russia over the Ukraine conundrum yet they may. Russia has celebrated it's 1000th anniversary of growing from Kievian Rus and the President is willing to stipulate that Russia has had some influence in the Ukraine...swell.

Queer behavior may be a right Americans have among themselves, yet it is questionable that queer behavior should reason special legal treatment or be allowed to usurp marriage between sexes as an institution for procreation. It is important to protect the civil rights of all Americans and for Americans to have privacy without social approbation for what they do that isn't illegal in private. It is reasonable to criticize the political codification of queer behavior with laws creating legal fictions for the public to submit to. The unintended consequences of building a queer behavior hegemony socially for the U.S.A. might be anticipated.

Probably there are unintended consequences of Obamacare besides those that have already occurred. It would have been better just to expand the V.A. and community homeless and poor persons clinics networks synthesizing them with synergistic help to serve the uninsured and broke. Obamacare let's the poor of 30 states go without medical or dental coverage. Probably the President didn't intend that.


When the corporate man takes his barbecue holiday to the dry rural forest on a windy weekend and enjoys the prime rib and beer with a hint of biscuit and leaves sparks that start a vast right forest fire a day after he has returned to the city it was an unintended consequence. Even Mrs. O'Leary wasn't entirely aware of the consequence of milking her cow after dark.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Poor Foreign and Domestic Policy Choices Since End of Reagan Era


President Ronald Reagan was an optimist with faith in God. Though his policies wouldn't fit contemporary America his attitude would. Faith and optimism is better that the sardonic greed prevalent in the U.S.A. today.

American political leadership has made a succession of poor foreign and domestic policy choices since the end of the Reagan administration. Two and a half decades of maladroit political leadership has had a substantially deleterious effect upon the status of the United States. The 17 trillion dollar public debt is just one of numerous problems resulting from the failing of Presidential and Congressional leadership. Sadly almost nothing can be done to fix it. There isn't a snowball's chance in hell that competent Presidential leadership will arise yet its worth considering a few of the problems anyway.

The obvious choice to prosecute numerous foreign wars against 2nd world nations for the benefit of corporate contractors instead of finding alternative solutions to serious security issues has brought trillions of dollars of debt and medical obligations. There are far more terrorists in the middle east and North Africa now than before any of the wars or support for rebellions. Afghanistan has been given the best military and intelligence training in the world and after the U.S. forces leave that education probably will be used by terrorists. The U.S. training was immeasurably better than Bin Ladin's Al Qaeda school. Afghanistan may not be as peaceful as Pakistan in the future. The Taliban doesn't need to rule Afghanistan order to receive support for jihad activity.

The continued U.S. reliance on fossil fuels has brought a leadership failure in world environment and technological renewal infrastructure and development of new ways to live on the planet for second and third worlders. Public education has mass produced unrealistic training and job expectations for a generation of Americans without good job prospects as Americans have been political degraded to the same level as the second world employed by global corporations. U.S. politicians of both parties are loyal to globalism rather than Americanism. The broadcast media is owned by global corporations and feed the nation circumstantially retarded programming in support of bad policy.

The corruption of Wall Street, banking and e-trading along wit networking developed some of the worst concentrated wealth and reduction of real free trade in U.S. history. The nation has moved toward an inertial age of fracture that is difficult to change. The health of the national and global ecosphere decline, independence from global networking and vast bureaucracies public and private is difficult etc. Just a few comments here, it would take to much time to go into detail or even list the failure of America to use good sense in foreign and domestic politics and adapt through design to ecologically renewable low-entropy yet high quality economics with actual democracy.

Ideas About the Protestant Reformation etc.

Elements of Church Reform; Luther, Zwingli and Calvin
Painting of Martin Luther by Lucas Cranach the Elder
John Wycliff, The Lollards, John Huss and the Hussites were advocates of reform before the reformation. Huss was burned at the stake. Luther, Zwingli and Calvin were 16th century reformers seeking a pious renormalization of Christian Church for to the Bible and away from worldly, Biblically extraneous accretions to church practice.
Each of the reformers had more than his share of worldly dangers and troubles from establishment defenders of the concentrated social and political power and privilege of the Roman Church as from political loyalists and affiliates.
Each reformer had friendships and fellow Christian collaborators working in the field of the Lord. Luther had his theologian friend Melanchthon, Zwingli had Bucer for moral support and Calvin had Beza as successor to his evangelical work in Geneva among others. Each of these men also took wives who were invaluable help mates through their challenges from authority. That was quite a change from the sometimes nominal celibacy of the sacerdotal priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church of the era.
Bringing the Bible into the church and reading it in the vernacular was quite a change from the liturgy of the Latin mass performed with much ceremony and with people accepting communion on their knees. Popularizing Christian church worship drew myriad to the reformed services. One would wish that today the church would recover the simple faith of the reformers and further modernize the priesthood of believers such that just three ranks of beginner, intermediate and elder Christians exist with sharing of service roles in appropriate structures and tithing conformed to the Biblical level of 1% (10% of harvest every third year with the 10% divided in to three parts with a third of that going to non-working priests).
Calvin mentioned in his answer to Bishop Sadolet that Bernard had “thundered against Eugenius and all the bishops of his own age” citing even earlier need to reform the episcopal estate and papacy. It is interesting to consider how after nearly 500 years the ideas of Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and the Roman Catholic Church have shaped Christian ideas about the salvation, faith, the Eucharist and sacraments. Protestant reformers of the visible Christian church made their reformed ideas at great personal cost and the thirty years war of liberation from Romanism and its subject princes tore the European peasantry. The American revolutionaries were of the reformed school-George Washington if Catholic couldn't have revolted from his Prince, although Britain had reduced Romanism already since Henry VIII. Values developed by Martin Luther in the 16th century reformation stimulated political and ecclesiastical changes immediately. As the United States fails to maintain a strong Protestant religious ethic it commensurately develops globalism, concentration of wealth through networking and a variety of forms of ad hoc imperialism with the collateral degradation of nationalism and democracy. Protest against inhuman forces of impersonal hierarchical power in church and state are basic to the revolutionary esprit. In direct relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ mankind finds freedom.
Approximately half of the German princes took up the independence from Roman Catholicism movement right from the start. The first democracy in Europe-the Dutch democracy led by the Dewitt brothers in the 16th century. Severing ties from the Holy Roman Empire at Vienna was essential and just a first step in the rise of the age of democracy.
All was not perfect in the Lutheran style reformation though. Martin Luther was quite conservative and retained some Roman Catholic liturgical forms although abolishing the exclusive priestly caste. When the hierarchy of corrupt Bishops and priests was overthrown Luther advocated and received support for Erastian transition; the German princes themselves became the religious leaders appointing bishops for themselves. Frederick the Elector did follow Luther's instructions for making visitations to German districts to correct the corruptions made during the ineffective prior regime. The people were ready to receive the word of God in a more egalitarian way and German book publishing of the Bible skyrocketed from fewer than 100 books annually in the entire country to thousands and thousands of vernacular editions of the Bible.
Mobs actually burned two of the first catholic priests of Prussia that converted to the reformed relationship to God that Luther set out. Anabaptists were persecuted by new Protestants to for abolishing infant baptism. Questions and controversy about infant baptism, and of how much water needed to be used in any baptism were taken so seriously that many were put to death. That seems remarkable today, so I will toss in my own ideas on the topic of do infants have original sin and does baptism do them any good since they have no ability to intentionally accept the Lord as their personal savior through faith.
It was pointed out that John the Baptist has awareness of God in the womb, even so John was born with original sin. I believe that original sin predominantly refers to the mortal context of being subject to entropy as a biological being. Hence every human has original sin. The entropy condition was a reduction from the perfect environment of Eden and imposed to correct the errors of will of Adam and Eve.
Infants have yet to develop consciousness sufficiently to choose willfully to do evil. They may all have a naturally sort of trust or faith as they are dependent on and reacting to others. Baptizing them may acknowledge that trust socially and can do no harm. Since parents are generally regarded as lawfully accountable for their charges again baptism can do no harm and may confer an element of grace upon the infant. If the infant grows to develop faith as an adult then they may become born in the Spirit as saved souls. Jesus Christ is not bound to the legalisms of liturgical methods or theological positions such as humans entertain. Human beings need firewalls in the visible church to defend against interpretive error and union within the invisible church of Jesus Christ.
I tend to believe in the Lutheran concept of salvation through faith yet also have the Calvinist concepts that election and predeterminism by God are correct. I also would think that the Eucharist is not a transubstantiation of the bread and wine into human blood or body, but rather something more like a commemoration and recognition of the fundamental elements of mass and energy as God's.
The Eucharist would be an acknowledgment of the sovereignty of God in everything, analogous to an assertion of political sovereignty. It's a metaphysical statement on the ultimate building blocks of cosmology.
Visible church outlets in the consumer era may be compared to franchise cheeseburger stores on Main Street. It may be true that McDonald's was the first vast franchise empire yet they do not have an exclusive formula to the true cheeseburger. Even the faithful may wander into Burger King or Wendy's now and then. Also, there are home cheeseburger outlets relating directly to the true Platonic Universal form of cheeseburger. Particular cheeseburgers are examples of forms of the Universal. Partaking in then cheeseburger acknowledges the organic Earthly origin as grain from the Earth in the Eucharist. The wine is the organic grapes of the Earth. The Lord took the body of the Earth-the organic bread, and human beings broke it on the cross spilling his blood. Yet the salvation of the Lord given to mankind of faith transcends the world and its consumable produce.
I would guess that the idea of relationship surpassing form is the fundamental reformist paradigm in the gestalt of the church with the Lord. Liturgical forms and concepts about sacraments are a continuum of respect between Creator and created. That relationship continues to be significant even as salvation through faith rather than works or sacraments administered by a sacerdotal set-aside priestly caste has risen to the positive better expression modality for Christians.
Considering the transitions of human history from the end of the Roman Empire through the dark ages to the Protestant Reformation and beyond the inquisition to the current era where there is an enveloping global faithless drift toward sci-tech paradigms without moral concerns or deep contemplation of the Bible it is useful to review select concepts of the Bible and reformation.
The priesthood of believers is a correct form rather than a partitioned dichotomy of priests and laity mirroring that of traditional aristocracy-subjects paradigms. Developing an active priesthood of believers church structure with just three ranks of beginner, intermediate and elder will be a challenge and a renewal of reformation. In the world today the political drift is toward ad hoc neo-imperialism of class of wealth through global networks.
Martin Luther, Zwingli and Calvin were three important reformers of the Christian Church. Luther of a German Catholic monastic background who took a Masters and Doctorate in Theology came to represent opposition to the sale of indulgences and other practices that were not found in scripture and that seemed onerous and even conflicting with sound theology. If purgatory existed then it would appear to nullify Christ's atoning sacrifice, conditionally. The Roman Catholic mass seemed to present the same problem of perennially resacrificing the Lord, if I understand that problem correctly.
Luther became a professor at Frederick the Elector's new University at Wittenburg and it is there that Luther's theology instructions shone as a better way of reforming the recalcitrant Papal establishment. Posting his 95 theses against indulgences prevalently on a church door in Wittenburg the difficult process of protesting against Church corruption was a stimulus for the rise of a protestant and reformed church.
Considering the role of the Christian Church in bringing civilization to the pagan tribes of Western Europe over the course of several hundred years it is not surprising that the Church gained influence among the princely leaders of the various nations. Churchmen were also the transnationals of the era after the fall of Rome to the Goths with an army of priests. Corruption in human social organizations including the church was of course the rule rather than the exception.
With the Muslim forces of the Abbassid Caliphate attacking Spain, Sicily and Byzantium the church had a role that naturally developed as the faith of the invaded resisting the theocratic war machine of Mohammedan votaries. With a millennium of defense military operations against the Muslim forces European nations increased their military skill. When the Byzantine Empire decreased in power due to the attacks by Muslims and Huns the church at Rome naturally increased in power and influence.
Of course sacerdotal corruptions with concubinage and the huge problem of Papal sales of indulgences-papers-granting forgiveness of sins-that brought gold to the Vatican from all over Europe grew as uncorrected problems of the Roman Church leadership. Because some Popes asserted unlimited power over all church and state affairs a reformation was sought by the laity. Martin Luther in Germany and Zwingli in Switzerland led a rectification of the Christian Church to return to Bible basics that the word of God is primary and that there is an egalitarian priesthood of believers. That reformation accepted by many princes and governments became so controversial that wars eventually developed between the forces of the Imperial Emperor Charles V of the Holy Roman Empire and reform minded German princes. In Switzerland Roman Catholic forces fought against Protestant districts. Prussians declared ecclesiastical independence and the numbers of churches not subject to Roman Papal increased. In some ways the Orthodox Church of Russia was a spectator although Field Marshall Suvorov later chased Napoleon around Europe.
Public disputations and debates were a common way that political powers in Germany and Switzerland might here both sides of theological issues between protestant and Romanish movements in the day. Luther and Zwingli each participated in such events. With the close relation between church and state in the 18th century princes and magistracies were able to order what form-reformed or Papish, the local churches must take. When the episcopate of bishops under the Pope was found in Protestant Germany to be inaccurate in doctrine by select princes the princes themselves replaced their roles and Luther was directed to write a list of reforms for delegated of a prince to take on visitations that they might bring the freed from post-Catholic licentiousness in the absence of authority back to the fold of Biblical truth. Protestant reforms in Germany and Switzerland developed new preachers and theologians often with converted Roman Catholic priests to a better priesthood of believers format. Unfortunately, even the electronic technologically enabling modern era has failed to upgrade to a post-set aside hierarchical ministry organization.
Schaff Page 15 Volume 7 “The spirit and aim of evangelical Protestantism is best expressed by Paul in his anti- Judaistic Epistle to the Galatians: "For freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast, therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage." Christian freedom is so inestimable a blessing that no amount of abuse can justify a relapse into a state of spiritual despotism and slavery. But only those who have enjoyed it, can properly appreciate it.
The Reformation was at first a purely religious movement, and furnishes a striking illustration of the all-pervading power of religion in history. It started from the question: What must a man do to be saved? How shall a sinner be justified before God, and attain peace of his troubled conscience? The Reformers were supremely concerned for the salvation of the soul, for the glory of Christ and the triumph of his gospel. They thought much more
of the future world than of the present, and made all political, national, and literary interests subordinate and subservient to religion.”


Schaff Vol 7 page 23, Ҥ 8. The Priesthood of the Laity.
The social or ecclesiastical principle of Protestantism is the general priesthood of believers, in distinction from the special priesthood which stands mediating between Christ and the laity.
The Roman church is an exclusive hierarchy, and assigns to the laity the position of passive obedience. The bishops are the teaching and ruling church; they alone constitute a council or synod, and have the exclusive power of legislation and administration. Laymen have no voice in spiritual matters, they can not even read the Bible without the permission of the priest, who holds the keys of heaven and hell.
In the New Testament every believer is called a saint, a priest, and a king. "All Christians," says Luther, "are truly of the spiritual estate, and there is no difference among them, save of office alone. As St. Paul says, we are all one body, though each member does its own work, to serve the others. This is because we have one baptism, alike; one gospel, one faith, and are all Christians for baptism, gospel and faith, these alone make spiritual and Christian people." And again: "It is faith that makes men priests, faith that unites them to Christ, and gives them the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, whereby they become filled with all holy grace and heavenly power. The inward anointing—this oil, better than any that ever came from the horn of bishop or pope—gives them not the name only, but the nature, the purity, the power of priests; and this anointing have all they received who are believers in Christ."
This principle, consistently carried out, raises the laity to active co-operation in the government and administration of the church; it gives them a voice and vote in the election of the pastor; it makes every member of the congregation useful, according to his peculiar gift, for the general good. This principle is the source of religious and civil liberty which flourishes most in Protestant countries. Religious liberty is the mother of civil liberty. The universal priesthood of Christians leads legitimately to the universal kingship of free, self-governing citizens, whether under a monarchy or under a republic.”

Quantification as a Characteristic of Human Social Structures

The age of quantification could be regarded as coincident with the Anthropocene era-that of human caused mass extinction of species, yet also with the evolution of the age of reason morphing into the age of fracture and economic existentialism. Human beings with education have a marked tendency toward quantifying things formerly as individual and unique occurrences. Assuredly the ability to discern redness in particulars such as roses and automobiles generates the ability to extract the quality of redness for-itself and understand that any sort of object may be painted with it-even a town. The quantification of red in a nation, in the morning or evening sky, in the sea or in blood spilled upon wet sod of the Earth are no more than single instances of quantification. The human characteristic of quantification itself might be quantified in quantification studies.
Science means knowledge and quantification of existing things or object quantities measured entails quantification in a pure form. Abstract quantification of terms can be found in mathematics, logic and physics as well as in the liberal arts. For some the art of reason is a practice of rationalism. Rationalism itself though may be two-dimensional in a three-dimensional world at times forsaking intuition and faith for a finite means of adjudicating quantities. If Noah had no faith he might not have built an Ark, if Einstein did not trust his genius he might not have unified space-time conceptually speaking. Some scientists could not have faith that a 10-dimensional multi-verse might exist and would trust in relativistically shrank measuring yardsticks that the warped Universe is flat.
Faith is an essential requirement for belief in God. God that is not an ossified artifact or stone practico-inert sculpture is pure spirit transcending space-time and any given Universe in any possible multi-verse of n-dimensional attributes existing with physical components. Physical components are inevitably in thermodynamic motion flowing like a waterfall from a singularity or membrane through a marvelous and possibly mysterious network of causality. Causality and an entangled energy steady-state Universe with flowing space-time may be a concatenation of local and non-local fields with broken symmetries and isolated particle-waves. That steady-state of mass-energy Universe wearing down its order with quantum structures comparable to standing waves, eddies and currents of fields, branes and quarks to return to a field of more basic unification and order might be thought of as a multi-dimensional yo-yo flung out from a condition of perfect order at singularity that will return after a marvelous performance to The One. Human beings themselves existing in the field nexus quantify whatever they can in order to have greater understanding.
Martin Luther was credited by some as the forefather of modern rationalism for opposing the mysterium of the Catholic Church with its exclusive priesthood and exclusive control of the Bible the laity were forbidden to own or read in their own non-Latin language. Historians have pointed out though that Luther was a man of faith who would 'ten times have rejected reason in preference for faith'. Luther believed in the word of God expressed in the gospel message, and in the Lord Jesus Christ above the Bible. Rationalism in Germany was a stage in the progress of human society, yet rationalism with faith may become without reason as history experienced in the rise and execution of Nazi Germany and the bureaucrat banality of Heinrich Himmler.
Rationality without faith is like a computer operating system that it totalitarian in its quantifications. Moral judgments are basically meaningless to rational operating systems, the only ethical questions are those of hierarchialization and execution priorities. Faith though is something like a recognition of several operating systems as possible existing, even booted simultaneously onto a single computer with partitions to separate them and prevent conflicts of interest. The computer owner of faith knows that the uncertainty and implicit possibilities of the hardware allow many configurations-some good, some bad and some outright ugly, yet evolutionary possibilities that the computer designer allowed in the software. For a reasoning man or woman of faith universes and multi-verses are comparable to operating systems of physics with various configurations and protocols that are possibilities the designer permits. God is the omniscient designer.


In an age where some regard ideology as dead, quantification proceeds in high-speed Wall Street dark pool quantitative trading. Global businesses quantify and value anything, buying, selling and trading quantities. Ideology itself was a kind of reformation era political product of quantification as well as qualitative judgments about church, state, behavior of the priesthood, values of the Bible actual, theoretical and applied. The television series Cosmos noted the qualitative trashing of a few scientists by select members of the Catholic hierarchy-a periodically divided and even corrupt proprietary distracted clergy incidentally. One that vied for political control with kingdoms and was intolerant of political rivals and even scientists disloyal to the absolute power of the presiding Pope of the day. Scientists sometimes fail to note that the Catholic Church produced most of the early scientists such as Copernicus, Newton and Mendel, that the Medici sponsored science and engineering research, or that Protestant reformers and others were slaughter by the tens and hundreds of thousands by the conservative catholic Church and that the loss of very few scientists was quantitatively very small. On the other hand, science invented most of the weapons of mass destruction existing today while faith produced very few.
Philosophers such as Sartre expressing an epistomologically singular perspective-even within a major work of dialectical analysis of the social order such as his tome 'The Critique of Dialectical Reason' and theologians like Paul Tillich with an objective analysis of social collectives within an ontology with explicit empirical ideology may use a universal nominalism or contingent universalism alternatively for quantification and the paradigm of structural quantitative analysis remains intact.
Quantifying historical matters accurately is quite a bit more challenging than quantifying mass. Accuracy in history requires reading and understanding a vast amount of material in no particular order. To become too specialized means to become biased toward a particular point of view. Scientific quantification alternatively is simple and objectively verifiable, yet pure rationalism without faith tends to lack reason and moral judgment. It is as if a portion of the mind that is spirit is cut out and a degree of objectivity through faith omitted. Reason requires a metaphorical dash of quantum uncertainty as a component of thought that is reflective and contemplative. Inductive reasoning is as necessary as inductive reasoning in order for rationality to serve reason. Quantification of ideology, politics, economics and environments are intrinsic elements for to projects for building and shaping social development toward an optimal direction rather than dystopia.

The Ukraine, Crimea and Religious Tolerance; Erastian and Atheist Issues

Separating church from state control is one of a few perennial challenges for mankind. Religious intolerance historically is a function of the will to power and a matter of factual control of political power through the intolerance of political opposition. That is the principal that makes democracy impossible for Muslim countries wherein the religious authority is regarded as universal. Sharia law is in effect catholic. That institutional method is ancient and found in the mud of Mesopotamia.
Urth had its gods enacting as oligarchs atop ziggurats the archetype activities of life. Rulers were gods embodied as man down through the ages as Pharaoh and Caesar. Christianity overthrew that premise with Christ. Jesus was a servant rather than a ruler of humanity.
Constantine the Roman Emperor, born in England of a British woman named Helena saw a sign from God and was moved to convert to Christianity. He founded the Eastern Roman Empire capitol at Byzantium and developed the role of Emperor as head of the Christian Church although that role was vague enough at first. There was after all a Pope at Rome and differences between more Orthodox and Catholic sects as well as four other traditional patriarchates with equal claim for spiritual prominence besides that of Rome.
Charles, Charlemagne and the Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire for a time could also claim to be first as political rulers of the Christian Church with the power to appoint Bishops and other church leaders. The problems of the Roman Papacy in its relation politically to kings of the various nations often was one of papal claims to rule politically as well as spiritually with kings disputing that right. The issue was often one of who had a right to rule the unified church and state. Those practical power issues tended to eclipse the democratic rights of the laity or common folk. The political rights of the common people tended to develop meaningfully along with the emancipation of Christian fellowship from oppressive state and ecclesiastical authority, and the process evolved over hundreds of years.
During the Protestant reformation the reformers such as Martin Luther, Zwingli, Hus and Calvin took umbrage to not only corrupt clerical practices and wrong doctrine, they found a fundamental priesthood of believers approach to a direct relationship with Christ better and more true than a hierarchical trickle down of doctrine from a priesthood to a laity. There were numerous unintended consequences of the reformation though.
With the reformation Kings such as Henry the Eight broke off from Rome and the Roman pope and became their own pope leading their own church. Like Caesar as a god to be worshiped the nationalist popes leading their own churches became pseudo gods issuing ecclesiastical rules by decree. Decretals of the British female pope Queen Elizabeth set the rules for mandatory church attendance and forms of worship permissible in her realm. The protestant reformation became a more complex breakup of political and ecclesiastical empires into new local and regional ones. The continuing reform is to liberate the Christian Church and individual spiritual freedom from bondage to state authority.
Europe was best by aristocratic usurpation of Christian authority in Sweden as well as England and Russia. Spiritual liberation from Erastian criteria could also bring development antipathetic libertines without belief in anything besides cultural hedonism. Such godless behavior in society resulting in elastic rationalism brought the anti-Christs Stalin and Hitler to power with Stalin declaring churches 'not working anymore' as the religion of state atheism was compelled on the populace. Effectively worship of Uncle Joe became requisite for survival.
The state church of the tsars was the Orthodox sect of the Universal Christian Church. In the Ukraine the inter-tidal areas of political and sectarian conflict as well as the troubles of racism, culturalism and practical issues of food growing lands and security from invasion made for continuing contention for control. The Ukraine had Catholicism from Polish landlords, Orthodox from Russian and a synthetic Uniate Church comprised of both. Because of the association of religion under state authority, religious strife was implicit as it was for Cromwell, Milton and anti-Papist reactionaries, regicides of Charles the First and St. Bartholomew's Day massacres in Ireland and France unto the British-Irish troubles of the 20th century.
Conservative forces have tended to support the human characteristic of depleting and degrading the resources of foes; religious or political, and liberal forces have sought relief from such oppression. Of course there is a cyclical element to that. Christianity of the Lord is liberal yet with perennial moral values. Even so Conservative Christians defending doctrines and Church power and murdered hundreds of thousands of Christians much less godless atheist heretics. Protestants decried the faults of Catholicism yet even Protestant reformers supported the execution of fellow reformers with different doctrines. Human original sin corrupts all social establishments while the spirit of the Lord perpetually frees saved individuals from that bondage. One hopes that the Ukraine receives a new fellowship in the Spirit of the Lord.
It is difficult to imagine President Vladimir Putin as the Russian Pope leading the Orthodox Church as it is impossible to imagine President Barrack Obama as Pope of American Christians. Americans have a difficult time understanding European history or the practical political course of the historical political and ecclesiastical evolution of the worldly establishments. American neon-elites of the Eastern establishments have developed a convenient godless scientific elitism without comprehension of historical and cultural circumstance. Declaring themselves as infallible as any Pope ever has their authority runs toward spreading a gospel of godless rationalism that Frederick Nietzsche would have been comfortable with. They fail to understand the error of Stalinism and fail to appreciate the role of original sin in perpetually re-establish itself through state and operative corporate censorship, repression of free speech and opposition to political dissent.
The will to totalize political power and negate democratic individual is an implicit characteristic of concentrated wealth and/or power. In the Ukraine the west as sought to exert its will to power so far as possible. Because of the contemporary criterion of atheist influence and evolution of reprobate and depraved social behavior it is unlikely that the Obama administration will be able to perceive then opportunity to work with President Putin to advance the cause of the separation of Church and state in Russian and the Ukraine.
The 2012 Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared Russia as America's number one existential foe. That's not too surprising since President Putin had banned Mormonism from Russia. Each leader sought to interfere in religious affairs; Romney as a Mormon priest effectively anathematized Russia while President Putin as the Eminence Gris Pope of Russia failed to see the value of establishing an extra-terrestrial religion that worshiped an oligarchy in the Kolob Star System in Russia. President Putin could renounce Russian Federation State control of religion and declare Universal tolerance for spiritual values throughout all of its lands including anything it receives from a remorseful land-grabbing west in the Ukraine that could potentially decide to share.

The Reforms of Luther et al /Jesus Christ the Only Legitimate Human Birth

Contemplating the failure of American public education to provide the alternative of private school vouchers I stumbled across a deeper insight into the origin of mankind. Adam and Eve of course perpetrated the original sin having intercourse without being actually married and in so doing producing bastards named Cain and Abel who married the local girls of Y'Earth. Thus humanity was established by bastards creating the bastard line mankind. Mankind needs the intervention of Jesus Christ to be renormalized unto God-and that cost the Lord His mortal life. Jesus Christ was the sole man born of woman who wasn't a bastard since his Father is God.
Schoolchildren today primed by the devil in public schools are mass produced with the mark of the beast about them. That view is perhaps not so rare in people as they age and note the pervasive trend of humanity toward works of evil if not folly. Perhaps it's folly for repeating the same works in line with Solomon's observation that there is nothing new under the sun. Politically speaking humanity seem to be naturally bent toward imperialism as rulers forced to share power in oligarchy reluctantly or be hierarchically placed followers working for the corporate-government evil empire of choice.
Yet Pope Francis recently said that man and woman are the divine form for marriage. So I guess he is right more or less. God created man and woman in a relationship that is a natural marriage with Eve as close to Adam as a rib during their life together. Humanity can bastardize any institution though so even marriage is endangered by the brave new world.
Martin Luther said (quote from Schaff History of the Christian Church Vol. 7) that matrimony (is) a gift of God, wedlock the sweetest, chastest life, above all celibacy, or else a veritable hell.” He had it right. Yet I think the devil attacks virtually anything that works, and prefers conflict and conquest in human affairs to innovation of better, newer paths.
Well to not leave this post on that note in this poetry month I will quote Schaff about Luther again from Volume 7 of Schaff's history,
He played the lute, sang melodiously, and composed tunes to his hymns, especially the immortal, Ein feste Burg," which gives classic expression to his heroic faith in God and the triumph of the gospel. He never lost his love for Virgil and Cicero, which he acquired as a student at Erfurt. He was fond of legends, fables, and proverbs. He would have delighted in the stories of old "Mother Goose," and in Grimm’s "Hausmährchen."
He translated some of Esop’s Fables, and wrote a preface to an edition which was published after his death. He enjoyed the beauties of nature, loved trees and flowers, was fond of gardening, watched with wonder the household of the bees, listened with delight to the singing birds, renewed his youth with the return of spring, and adored everywhere the wisdom and goodness of nature’s God.
Looking at a rose, he said, "Could a man make a single rose, we should give him an empire; but these beautiful gifts of God come freely to us, and we think nothing of them. We admire what is worthless, if it be only rare. The most precious of things is nothing if it be common." "The smallest flowers show God’s wisdom and might. Painters cannot rival their color, nor perfumers their sweetness; green and yellow, crimson, blue, and purple, all growing out of the earth. And yet we trample on lilies as if we were so many cows."
He delighted in a refreshing rain. "God rains," he said, "many hundred thousand guilders, wheat, rye, barley, oats, wine, cabbage, grass, milk." Talking of children, he said, "They speak and act from the heart. They believe in God without disputing, and in another life beyond the present. They have small intellect, but they have faith, and are wiser than old fools like us. Abraham must have had a hard time when he was told to kill Isaac. No doubt he kept it from Sarah. If God had given me such all order, I should have disputed the point with Him. But God has given his only begotten Son unto death for us."


John Calvin and Predestination; a Modern Consideration
John Calvin rightly developed the idea of predestination of the elect on a scriptural foundation. What would be the modern rational paradigm for predeterminism or selective predestination one might wonder.
The theoria of predeterminism seems to be an implicit element of the Biblical paradigm describing human existence. Philosophers and theologians have considered the issue for some time. As in many philosophical questions there may be multifarious paradigms for its interpretation not only in the description or definition of the question itself but in the answers as well. As in mathematics there may be many ways to reach an answering sum.
Predeterminism and the associated question of predestination may be considered within and without a hypothetical Universe standing in relation to God and one without as the case may be. The question may also be considered as meaningful for just one particular Universe or two with many potentially existing Universes and additionally some of those Universes may be predestined and others not so. There are several more criteria for formulating the question of predeterminism with some description of the range of predeterminism being applied to all or part of a Universe and to some elements of time of a Universe and not to other times contingent of course upon several elements such as what the nature of time actually is.
It may be stipulated by some that at least something must be non-predetermined in order for everything else to be predetermined. God probably wouldn’t predetermined Himself if he chose to do so. So at least God is free even if every possible Universe that may exist is predetermined to exist. In the modern context perhaps since John Calvin the theologian and reformer of Swiss Christianity investigated question of predestination the issue of predestination has taken a simultaneous transcending metaphysic of election operating through the mechanical Universe in which causality exists.
Following Newtonian mechanics and the development of ideas about causality that kicked around previously at least since Aristotle ideas about physical predeterminism have investigated natural mechanical relations of substances and the evolutions they take through a linear arrow of time. It is useful to stress here that the transcending question of elective predestination is a concern of pre-Universal determination before the creation or proximal evolution of the mechanics of the Universe in a Newtonian and Einsteinian-inflationary expanding Universe were to occur.
Since the development of quantum mechanics in the early part of the 20th century and the development of better cosmological concepts through observation and scientific analysis it has become possible to find better than simple Newtonian paradigmata for the simultaneous existence of predeterminism and uncertain with the mechanical Universe. With the further development of quantum cosmology and better theories of particle physics it has become practical to consider the solid state Universe of apparent materialism within a meta-context of energy as quantum entanglements through statistical probabilities in a Higgs field the measurement of which regarding particular observable particles reaching the steady state phase is inherently imprecise or uncertain. In some views the meta-Universe is a monistic and deterministic field. In other views the elements are themselves uncertain. Philosophically speaking uncertainty may be the intervals amidst being. Nothingness is not certain-being probably is.
If quantum uncertainty and energy field protocols in various phases regarded as existing in space-time by composite-entangled constructed observers seems simultaneously malleable to change yet over-all determined to flow along thermodynamic lines even if that phenomenon is local and temporal-a segment of a line within an infinite number of dimensional lines comprising anything, that seems reasonable enough if the Universe is generated initially by the Lord whom foreknows the contingent Universe.

A Passage from Calvin's-"On the Necessity of Reforming the Church”

Calvin's Idea of the Holy Catholic Church
February, 1544 cited in Schaff's History of the Christian Church Vol. 8
"The last and principal charge which they bring against us is, that we have made a schism in the Church. And here they fiercely maintain against us, that for no reason is it lawful to break the unity of the Church. How far they do us injustice the books of our authors bear witness. Now, however, let them take this brief reply—that we neither dissent from the Church, nor are aliens from her communion. But, as by this specious name of Church, they are wont to cast dust in the eyes even of persons otherwise pious and right-hearted, I beseech your Imperial Majesty, and you, Most Illustrious Princes, first, to divest yourselves of all prejudice, that you may give an impartial ear to our defence; secondly, not to be instantly terrified on hearing the name of Church, but to remember that the Prophets and Apostles had, with the pretended Church of their days, a contest similar to that which you see us have in the present day with the Roman pontiff and his whole
train. When they, by the command of God, inveighed freely against idolatry, superstition, and the profanation of the temple, and its sacred rites, against the carelessness and lethargy of priests,—and against the general avarice, cruelty, and licentiousness, they were constantly met with the objection which our opponents have ever in their mouths—that by dissenting from the common opinion, they violated the unity of the Church. The ordinary government of the Church was then vested in the priests. They had not presumptuously arrogated it to themselves, but God had conferred it upon them by his law. It would occupy too much time to point out all the instances. Let us, therefore, be contented with a single instance, in the case of Jeremiah.


"He had to do with the whole college of priests, and the arms with which they attacked him were these: ’Come, and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet’ (Jer. 18:18). They had among them a high priest, to reject whose judgment was a capital crime, and they had the whole order to which God himself had committed the government of the Jewish Church concurring with them. If the unity of the Church is violated by him, who, instructed solely by Divine truth, opposes himself to ordinary authority, the Prophet must be a schismatic; because, not at all deterred by such menaces from warring with the impiety of the priests, he steadily persevered.


"That the eternal truth of God preached by the Prophets and Apostles, is on our side, we are prepared to show, and it is indeed easy for any man to perceive. But all that is done is to assail us with this battering-ram, ’Nothing can excuse withdrawal from the Church.’ We deny out and out that we do so. With what, then, do they urge us? With nothing more than this, that to them belongs the ordinary government of the Church. But how much better right had the enemies of Jeremiah to use this argument? To them, at all events, there still remained a legal priesthood, instituted by God; so that their vocation was unquestionable.
Those who in the present day have the name of prelates, cannot prove their vocation by any laws, human or divine. Be it, however, that in this respect both are on a footing, still, unless they previously convict the holy Prophet of schism, they will prove nothing against us by that specious title of Church.


"I have thus mentioned one Prophet as an example. But all the others declare that they had the same battle to fight—wicked priests endeavoring to overwhelm them by a perversion of this term Church. And how did the Apostles act? Was it not necessary for them, in professing themselves the servants of Christ, to declare war upon the synagogue ? And yet the office and dignity of the priesthood were not then lost. But it will be said that, though the Prophets and Apostles dissented from wicked priests in doctrine, they still cultivated communion with them in sacrifices and prayers. I admit they did, provided they were not forced into idolatry. But which of the Prophets do we read of as having ever sacrificed in Bethel? Which of the faithful, do we suppose, communicated in impure sacrifices, when the temple was polluted by Antiochus, and profane rites were introduced into it?


"On the whole, we conclude that the servants of God never felt themselves obstructed by this empty title of Church, when it was put forward to support the reign of impiety. It is not enough, therefore, simply to throw out the name of Church, but judgment must be used to ascertain which is the true Church, and what is the nature of its unity. And the thing necessary to be attended to, first of all, is, to beware of separating the Church from Christ, its Head. When I say Christ, I include the doctrine of his gospel which he sealed with his blood. Our adversaries, therefore, if they would persuade us that they are the true Church must, first of all, show that the true doctrine of God is among them; and this is the meaning of what we often repeat, viz. that the uniform characteristics of a well-ordered Church are the preaching of sound doctrine, and the pure administration of the Sacraments.


For, since Paul declares (Eph. 2:20) that the Church is ’built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets,’ it necessarily follows that any church not resting on this foundation must immediately fall.


"I come now to our opponents. "They, no doubt, boast in lofty terms that Christ is on their side. As soon as they exhibit him in their word we will believe it, but not sooner. They, in the same way, insist on the term Church. But where, we ask, is that doctrine which Paul declares to be the only foundation of the Church? Doubtless, your Imperial Majesty now sees that there is a vast difference between assailing us with the reality and assailing us only with the name of Church. We are as ready to confess as they are that those who abandon the Church, the common mother of the faithful, the pillar and ground of the truth,’ revolt from Christ also; but we mean a Church which, from incorruptible seed, begets children for immortality, and, when begotten, nourishes them with spiritual food (that seed and food being the Word of God), and which, by its ministry, preserves entire the truth which God deposited in its bosom. This mark is in no degree doubtful, in no degree fallacious, and it is the mark which God himself impressed upon his Church, that she might be discerned thereby. Do we seem unjust in demanding to see this mark? Wherever it exists not, no face of a Church is seen. If the name, merely, is put forward, we have only to quote the well-known passage of Jeremiah, ’Trust ye not in lying words, saying, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, are these’ (Jer. 7:4). Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes?’ (Jer. 7:11).


"In like manner, the unity of the Church, such as Paul describes it, we protest we hold sacred, and we denounce anathema against all who in any way violate it. The principle from which Paul derives unity is, that there is ’one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all,’ who hath called us into one hope (Eph.4:4–6). Therefore, we are one body and one spirit, as is here enjoined, if we adhere to God only, i.e. be bound to each other by the tie of faith. We ought, moreover, to remember what is said in another passage, ’that faith cometh by the word of God.’ Let it, therefore, be a fixed point, that a holy unity exists amongst us, when, consenting in pure doctrine, we are united in Christ alone. And, indeed, if concurrence in any kind of doctrine were sufficient, in what possible way could the Church of God be distinguished from the impious factions of the wicked?


Wherefore, the Apostle shortly after adds, that the ministry was instituted ’for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God: that we be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the Head, even Christ’ (Eph. 4:12–15). Could he more plainly comprise the whole unity of the Church in a holy agreement in


true doctrine, than when he calls us back to Christ and to faith, which is included in the knowledge of him, and to obedience to the truth? Nor is any lengthened demonstration of this needed by those who believe the Church to be that sheepfold of which Christ alone is the Shepherd, and where his voice only is heard, and distinguished from the voice of strangers. And this is confirmed by Paul, when he prays for the Romans, ’The God of patience and consolation grant you to be of the same mind one with another, according to Christ Jesus; that, ye may with one accord and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (Rom. 15:5, 6).


"Let our opponents, then, in the first instance, draw near to Christ, and then let them convict us of schism, in daring to dissent from them in doctrine. But, since I have made it plain that Christ is banished from their society, and the doctrine of his gospel exterminated, their charge against us simply amounts to this, that we adhere to Christ in preference to them. For what man, pray, will believe that those who refuse to be led away from Christ and his truth, in order to deliver themselves into the power of men, are thereby schismatics, and deserters from the communion of the Church?


"I certainly admit that respect is to be shown to priests, and that there is great danger in despising ordinary authority. If, then, they were to say, that we are not at our own hand to resist ordinary authority, we should have no difficulty in subscribing to the sentiment. For we are not so rude as not to see what confusion must arise when the authority of rulers is not respected. Let pastors, then, have their due honor—an honor, however, not derogatory in any degree to the supreme authority of Christ, to whom it behooves them and every man to be subject. For God declares, by Malachi, that the government of the Israelitish Church was committed to the priests, under the condition that they should faithfully fulfil the covenant made with them, viz. that ’their lips should keep knowledge,’ and expound


the law to the people (Mal. 2:7). When the priests altogether failed in this condition, he declares, that, by their perfidy, the covenant was abrogated and made null.


Pastors are mistaken if they imagine that they are invested with the government of the Church on any other terms than that of being ministers and witnesses of the truth of God. As long, therefore, as, in opposition to the law and to the nature of their office, they eagerly wage war with the truth of God, let them not arrogate to themselves a power which God never bestowed, either formerly on priests, or now on bishops, on any other terms than those which have been mentioned."



-end quote of Calvin

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Alaska State Library-Archives Project Moving On

The Alaska State Library and Archives building scheduled for completion early in 2016 is moving ahead. Here are some photographs of the building in Juneau as it is in April 2014...




Monday, April 21, 2014

Some Transitions of European History Through the Reformation

Considering the transitions of human history from the end of the Roman Empire through the dark ages to the Protestant Reformation and beyond the inquisition to the current era where there is an enveloping global faithless drift toward sci-tech paradigms without moral concerns or deep contemplation of the Bible it is useful to review select concepts of the Bible and reformation.

The priesthood of believers is a correct form rather than a partitioned dichotomy of priests and laity mirroring that of traditional aristocracy-subjects paradigms. Developing an active priesthood of believers church structure with just three ranks of beginner, intermediate and elder will be a challenge and a renewal of reformation. In the world today the political drift is toward ad hoc neo-imperlialism of class of wealth through global networks.

Martin Luther, Zwingli and Calvin were three basic reformers of the Christian Church. Luther of a German Catholic monastic background who took a Masters and Doctorate in Theology came to represent opposition to the sale of indulgences and other practices that were not found in scripture and that seemed onerous and even conflicting with sound theology. If purgatory existed then it would appear to nullify Chrisy's atoning sacrifice, conditionally. The Roman Catholic mass seemed to present the same problem of perennially resacrificing the Lord, if I understand that problem correctly.

Luther became a professor at Frederick the Elector's new University at Wittenburg and it is there that Luther's theology instructions shone as a better way of reforming the recalcitrant Papal establishment. Posting his 95 theses against indulgences prevalently on a church door in Wittenburg the difficult process of protesting against Church corruption was a stimulus for the rise of a protestant and reformed church.

Considering the role of the Christian Church in bringing civilization to the pagan tribes of Western Europe over the course of several hundred years it is not surprising that the Church gained influence among the princely leaders of the various nations. Churchmen were also the transnationalists of the era after the fall of Rome to the Goths with an army of priests. Corruption in human social organizations including the church was of course the rule rather than the exception.


When the Muslim forces of the Abbassid Caliphate attacking Spain, Sicily and Byzantium the church had a role that naturally developed as the faith of the invaded resisting the theocratic war machine of Mohammedan votaries. With a millennium of defense military operations against the Muslim forces European nations increased their military skill. When the Byzantine Empire decreased in power due to the attacks by Muslims and Huns the church at Rome naturally increased in power and influence. Yet of course sacerdotal corruptions with concubinage and the huge problem of Papal sales of indulgences-papers-granting forgiveness of sins-that brought gold to the Vatican from all over Europe grew as uncorrected problems of the Roman Church leadership. Because some Popes asserted unlimited power over all church and state affairs a reformation was sought by the laity. Martin Luther in Germany and Zwingli in Switzerland led a rectification of the Christian Church to return to Bible basics that the word of God is primary and that there is an egalitarian priesthood of believers. That reformation accepted by many princes and governments became so controversial that wars eventually developed between the forces of the Imperial Emperor Charles the Fifth of the Holy Roman Empire and reform minded German princes. In Switzerland Roman Catholic forces fought against Protestant districts. Prussians declared ecclesiastical independence and the numbers of churches not subject to Roman Papal increased. In some ways the Orthodox Church of Russia was a spectator although Field Marshall Suvorov later chased Napoleon around Europe.

Public disputations and debates were a common way that political powers in Germany and Switzerland might here both sides of theological issues between protestant and Romanish movements in the day. Luther and Zwingli each participated in such events. 

With the close relation between church and state in the 18th century princes and magistracies were able to order what form-reformed or Papish, the local churches must take. When the episcopate of bishops under the Pope was found in Protestant Germany to be inaccurate in doctrine by select princes the princes themselves replaced their roles and Luther was directed to write a list of reforms for delegated of a prince to take on visitations that they might bring the freed from post-Catholic licentiousness in the absence of authority back to the fold of Biblical truth. Protestant reforms in Germany and Switzerland developed new preachers and theologians often with converted Roman Catholic priests to a better priesthood of believers format. Unfortunately, even the electronic technologically enabling modern era has failed to upgrade to a post-set aside hierarchical ministry organization.

California Needs a Million Goat Army for Wildfire Defense

California needs millions of goats to lead and take charge of its vast left-wing underbrush that piles up like dry newspaper clippings in a...