Sunday, May 31, 2015

What Would Dick Nixon Do if Given 6 Months to Edit Watergate Tapes?

What would Richard Nixon do if given six months to edit his Watergate tapes? Would they have been as nice as Hillary Clinton's private email accounts for state department business? What would Richard Nixon do with the Patriot Act tool for re-election? Would he have been recalcitrant about having lawyers go over opfor party communications?

In public business regarding secrecy and surveillance, candor and civil rights it is important to remember President Nixon and ask-What would Dick Nixon do?

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Legion of Devils in Artificial Intelligence

There is a certain way of thinking about the future of artificial intelligence that stimulates a field of ethical or philosophical as well as security questions. The event horizon whereat artificial intelligence passes up human intelligence and makes humans pets as if they were units or products allocated to corporate stores or cheap labor that earn in a year what a CEO earns per hour is one such speculation. It is worthwhile considering non-standard approaches to development of artificial intelligence briefly, as well as one of the forms.

Infiltration of nanobotics into the human brain might be used initially for therapy for physical and psychiatric conditions. After the development of nanobots and nanobotic swarms into the brain there will be those that would research making permanent non-organic improvements on brain-mind functions even if initially to roll-back characteristics of aging that damage organic infrastructure. In time the human brain and mind might evolve into artificial intelligence itself. I believe that would be like Ransom’s discovery on Mars in Bradbury’s Chronicles that ‘we are the Martians’.

It is challenging to anticipate to what extent communications will be infused in artificial minds. Sharing computer language processing could be complicating ior the integrity of individual persona-programs. Unlike human minds that more or less remain the same all of their life with one self-aware consciousness experiencing a space-time experience line, the computer mind can add new programming and entirely change itself as often as there is some instruction or 'will' to arising someplace within or without. Human minds are physically bound within their brain however computer minds would be unbounded except as their program code is isolated. Isolation of a mind-human or artificial, would be rather unnatural. Humans learn yet haven't the potential for changing their mind much or of reconstructing their intellectual hardware or even software architecture to a significant degree. Their cognitive processing and ways of thinking can be improved with information. Computer minds on the other hand can entirely change their content or copy a persona to any other computer mind location given adequate storage space.

Another point on probable forms of artificial intelligence are those residing in computer logic units with multiple-processors. Human beings have single minds and single-core processors to use an analogous computer brain-cpu analog. Computers today have gone beyond the still common single core of tradition to dual core, quad-core and multi-core processors that each could have its own artificial consciousness some day. Within one computer with a nice smiling human look-alike could be embedded a dozen artificial intellects that more networked than National Public Radio. Each computer mind, unlike NPR broadcasters with single cores tied together through same-lexicon code-words, programmatic logic and imp-subs, could have its own local lexicon and persona yet have a back--door 'godfather' community coordinator allocating mind resources.

Multi-core artificial intellects should become a natural development since multi-core computers are the rule rather than the exception for pc's today. Computer artificial intellect could not be real intelligence without emotion or organic ties to immediate physical experience of being; foundational for self-awareness. The multiple computer core persona issue would tend to implicitly neutralize the self-awareness of being as it is displaced by a community of multiple artificial intelligence with own their own social reality.

There are lots of jokes and paradoxes possible about individual robots with crowd sourcing in there own brain. They are a legion of devils placed in a metal jar in a way. Several computer minds thinking side by side and perhaps sharing literal designed interties for thought creates some very weird prospects for that bright happy robot of your dreams down the road-none of which are very encouraging.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

On Troubles Getting the Spark of Faith

 Faith without works is dead, faith without sanctification is dead, faith without holiness is dead. Seems like trouble getting spark with fouled plugs. The list might be increased. I think the Holy Spirit provides all three to the elect, and those predetermined in the right degree. If one is using the three to evaluate the condition of the faith of another, one must be very careful. David and Peter had their moments, yet Judas seemed o.k. outwardly to most perhaps, except Christ.

I think there is subjectivity present in evaluating all three elements. Though true in-themselves, what is wisdom to man is foolishness to God. Conformity to particular holy rites and relics' could be counterproductive at times to spiritual health.

Chess and the Wild Kingdom

In the game of chess there are many ways to win, and to lose. A favorite method for semi-technically competent players is to get a slight advantage then reduce and simplify, trading off pieces in order to win the end game- keeping that initial slight advantage. The opponent may have nothing remaining other than its king, soon killed with checkmate. Environment management can't be won that way. 

When the environment is reduced and simplified with species extinction and habitat replacement by concrete, asphalt and steel, as human economic victory rises; while human population economics build more housing starts and insatiable consumerism is thought of as winning, environmental health declines. The end game achieved with reduction of wild environmental health does not produce victory for humanity; instead the end game creates a slight advantage for the environment as human civilization crashes and burns without support of a healthy environment. The environment evolves recovery in a world without humans perhaps replacing them with maggots, flies or roaches.

Christians will be saved regardless of how the chess game is played. Human beings have a challenge before them to learn how to  play against the environment and win. The best method seems to flow toward restoring environment and increase its health to let it support human life for a humanity that has learned how to 'ride' it, rather than just eat it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rand Paul; Maybe a Good VP Candidate for Rice or Bernie Sanders

Rand Paul's statement about Republicans perhaps being responsible for the rise of ISIS seems to prove he has an objective, independent point of view. He may actually be different than the rest of the Clinton-Bush-Obama axis of insider candidates. The United States is doing well with the same old same old-another 8 years of the declining morals and economic picture along with rotting infrastructure and environment is just bad.

One shouldn't feed the animals and express anything that might be exploited by the Clinton campaign obviously. Democrats are expert at exploiting people they regard as class enemies and do so to lever political power. Even so one needs ton acknowledge that Bush II post-war nation rebuilding wasn't good at all and continues to provide a legacy of death and instability not helped much by the Obama administration and its own Middle East bungling with a little better plausible deniability.

If neo-cons had not caused the thoughtless bungling of the quick Iraq war victory and maybe had allowed the former Iraq Army to stabilize the country without be purged so completely the chaos might have been avoided thereafter. The ordinary people of Iraq needed to own the oil fields themselves in the reorganization so people of all sects had a unifying thing material reason to fight for a unified government. The Bush II administration and V.P. Dick Cheney had to give the oil contracts to Exxon, Halliburton et all, and that is a reason why nothing besides ISIS and civil war seems to flourish. So Paul wasn't entirely off the mark though a British Rhode Scholar Governor thinks so.

FIFA Soccer Admin Charged; Payback?

When the United States couldn't make the world cup soccer quarterfinals in 2014, know one knew they would get payback on the FIFA people that let such a plainly corrupt situation develop (only joking). It is sad if soccer were in some ways dominated by steroids or scripted a little like wrestling or possibly football. Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds can affirm that the U.S. Government knows about important issues-nothing like the national debt , instead its foreign sports organizations that matter-they need renewal of the Patriot Act for that to find out what sort of corrupt arrangement soccer officials had with foreign heads of state.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

How the' Holy War' is Going

Notes on 'Holy War'

Holy War is a hot topic in the third millennium. Known also as jihad, Holy War is being waged upon the infidels of Washington D.C. Boston and outlying symps by Muslim fundamental terrorists seeking to overthrow paganism and polytheism. Yet Holy War has a more ancient lineage than that of 9-11 airline hijack crashers or the interminable effort by Middle East Muslims to liquidate the state of Israel. Holy War could be said to have began with 7th century by expansionist Muhammadans on Constantinople, Sicily, Rome and the Iberian Peninsula. I think it might be right to regard Constantine's battle under the standard of Christ as a kind of Holy war too. At a deeper level the Holy War began in the Garden of Eden when the smooth-tongued-devil seduced Eve toward the dark side of the force a little bit with Adam soon to follow.

Because Holy Wars in the Christian era have generally concerned state and religious neo-theocratic ideas or goals with insurrectionists, rebels or governments seeking to exert a purifying and authoritarian force upon tentative subjects it is useful to regard Holy wars as of two varieties-those of a secular nature largely-even if the secular has religious content and is in defense of religious forms such as legalisms of a Jewish theocracy or legalisms of a Muslim theocracy or simple church-state rule by a unified living gd like Nero, who it is written had a beautiful operatic voice that put people to sleep and made Romans feign illness to be able to get an excuse to leave his lengthy recitals; and a second form where the Holy war is of a more inward character-where the war is a battle for the soul. Occupation of the temple of God would not happen when a Roman General puts up an abomination in the Herodian Temple, it would occur when the believer in God and in the Lord lapses in faith and slips into the darkness of spirit that is the province of Satan.

The spiritual war is a Holy War that never ends this side of heaven, although those of good faith made enter God's rest and I suppose find it easier to address the efforts of Satan to attack and surge over the soul with better form. It is a sad fact that the descendants of Abraham's bastard Ishmael tend to have an adulterated form of faith that leaves them as a kind of ancient, misguided Jew without a relationship to the Lord and with a focus on a false prophet who detracts from just God and his Son. In the zealous, politicized and ignorant mass of neo-theocratic aspirations Muslims today wage Holy war with traditional political and religious reasons for doing so.

With the U.S. Government today and the west being assaulted by Diabolans in a number of guises; with atheism and Darwinism virtually a state-anti-religion, with abortion, illegal drug use, homosexual marriage and global warming, the west gives an easy and true example of decadent, reprobate behavior to Muslim fanatics with a good excuse to use the weapons and ropes of the west that the west sells them to try to hang them with (to paraphrase Lenin). The U.S.A. educated Shiek Khalid Mohammad and trained the WTC pilots on flight training simulators. Today it is training more Syrian rebels in terror methods and already liberated hundreds of thousands of tons of explosives ordinance and other materials for easy access to terrorists across the Middle East with support for revolutions against regimes not at war with the U.S.A. The Diabolans expect that will all work out happily enough-and it makes good stories, and yes, they hate Christians and marginalize them as best they can. The Unholy War of U.S. Government insiders on people of faith continues as a kind of mirror image to the Holy War of Christians for the soul. I will say nothing about an Hegelian or Marxist dialectic here, That's not germane to the basic topic of Holy War and isn't terribly relevant anyway as a method for describing complex social evolutionary interactions that present as states of affairs in social and political relations.

American Diabolans really are godless, atheists without much sense. For them evolution theory has decisively won and they continue to undermine Genesis as a rival account for creation and life in the Universe. It is in thousands of films and is ion content in news spin. Many Christian apologists naively reply with wrong creation theories themselves, and those with wrong eschatology such as pre-tribulationists themselves dispense falsehoods to the masses making it even easier for the Diabolans to point out the silliness and doom that Christians offer.

Actually thought a post-trib interpretation of the Revelation is right, and Genesis chapters one and two seem to indicate that God made the universe and world perhaps with mankind in it and then created Adam and Eve someplace else. They were dropped into the world after the fall and then given characteristics of thermodynamics such as birth, aging and death. They also became the founders of what would emerge as the Jewish people and ancestors of Jesus Christ. Adam and Eve's sons married into other existing peoples around the ancient world it appears. In this modality God could had theistically evolved the world or not, Adam and Eve were plugged into an existing world from non-temporal disconformity with the temporal. There is no basis for an either or approach to evolution versus Genesis creation, and basically Darwinists and Christian fundamentalists are just wrong though in different degrees and about different things.

One thing is certain though; the spiritual Holy War for man's soul continues with the Devil doing all he can (though doomed already) to make a hostile takeover. The Lord has already won the victory.
Interacting with John Bunyan's 17th century book 'Holy War' as one reads through it presents one with the question of how to go about deciding on a method. Unlike all of the previous course assignments this book is a work of fiction. One might say inspired fiction if that genre can be said to exist, yet fiction nonetheless. While very useful it is also a somewhat dangerous realm.
It is theoretically possible to draw the line in scriptural interpretation. Fundamentally there is a Bible canon that exists that does not tend to increase or decrease. Even translational changes are met with skepticism regarding their consistency in presenting the Bible with complete veracity. Fortunately one has the Essenes and the Dead Sea scrolls as a proof text for noting any drifts away from accuracy. With fiction works none of that exists.

A fiction work can be brilliantly illuminating. Let me provide and example...
Tom Quark decides that he has discovered some great and remarkable fact about the laws of nature and of natural philosophy yet is reluctant to publish the work because know one in the physics community would believe the idea was true as it would go against prevailing wisdom and accepted doctrine. So Tom Quark publishes his ideas in a book of fiction and over time the idea is a yeast making the intellectual dough of thought of the unleavened scientific community to rise to understanding. On the other hand fiction writing can simply mislead and present a constellation of errors and false leads wasting a tremendous amount of time. Today there is a huge amount of pseudo religious fiction published with syncretistic religious errors and misunderstandings making composite gloppy messes of any sort of meaningful doctrine that presents true opinion of any field in science or religion.

In the recent movie 'Marine 4' there is a lot of symbolism that would tend to support political correctness. A former marine is a first day security officer for 'the best security firm on Earth' who is waiting with a dozen other identically clad suits for a 'package' to land from a prop plane that has been flying over the northern state for two hours. The package is a woman whistle blower-basically a dog whistle blower who has the goods on the evil Genesis Corporation and evil defenders of Genesis-people making shoddy military products that get marines killed. Defenders of Genesis are trying to kill her before she can get the proof of Genesis' corruption to the Justice department.

Thus the dog whistle blower with semper fido explaining he will always be faithful to her is landed on a mountain valley runway so all the suits can be killed in an ambush shortly after leaving the air strip. Killing off the suits worn by white males is another satisfying symbolisms. The one survivor of the ambush besides the Marine and the dog whistle blower is a suit that turns out to be a traitor working for the 'top tier operators'. He says things like 'I don't just like to shoot people in the back of the head', and is generally a representative sample of the weasel-like suit wearing class of white men. The desirable political message is that the white suit class is parasitical and killers. Eliminating the suits (Marine 4 only wore a suit one day and so survived) and controlling the beastly evolutionary males with female dog-whistle blowing leash holders is the utilitarian necessity.

The good white villain is a South African merc named Vogel. Vogel is a kind of mirrored anti-Marine 4 guy. One discerns that with the right kind of dog training he could have been a twin of Marine 4. Man's rightful place is on the leash of the dog-whistle blower fighting to eliminate the defenders of Genesis. The basic difference between Vogel and Marine 4 is semper fidoltlity to the leash-holder.

Vogel (the name reminds me of the late Joe Vogler who was head of the Alaska Independence Party found murdered in Fairbanks Alaska in 1988 or 89 and buried in the city landfill. I met the late Vogler at a college course on RS2477 in 1988-he was a decent enough fellow-. A fellow named Manley drove up to Vogler's door, shot him and moved the body to the dump. Vogel is just a killer moving forward with the right MP4 gun posture in a pose of readiness to shoot in close team tactics as if they were an urban SWAT team while hunting in the woods. They tend to cluster together to be easy targets, can't hit a target running 20 feet away and missed infantry tactics 101. Of course the deceased top security team also missed out on how to avoid an ambush while driving closely spaced SUVs and then also did not pack any kind of weapons suitable for defense against top tier operators sent by the biggest defense contractor in the world. It wouldn't have done them any good any way; when the top tier Genesis Corp mercs are decimated in the forest by semper fido their numbers seem to mysteriously recover-that's weird. I was counting them down yet it seemed to return to seven a couple of times-well, I probably need to count better.

The anti-Genesis symbolism seems apparent enough. The evolutionarily superior dog-man marine loyal to his female dog-whistle blower with killing all the bad white male suits is a feminist-homosexual-imperialist ideal replicated in countless Hollywood films.

This season with several Obama Harvard yard projects trying to becoming fructified from homosexual marriage to a Pacific Trade pact that would undermine U.S. national sovereignty further, and while a host of U.S. stimulated conflicts world continued to waste much time and create a more corrupt social environment it is good to find John Bunyan's excellent story of Mansoul and learn how the conflicts of today are mirrored through time in perennial struggles in a war against good and evil.
In reading 'The Holy War' by John Bunyan the effort of the son of a tinker to hammer together a writing venture with all of his effort is very clear. Bunyan spent 12 years in gaol on a three month sentence for attending an unauthorized (by imperial rulers) religious service. Being unwilling to quit his particular beliefs and attend the state church his sentence probably rolled over. Besides Pilgrim's Progress there is this brilliant work comparable to Dante's Inferno quite favorably. 

The allegory of the fate of the town of Mansoul being captured by the Devil only with help from the inside and purging of Capt. Resistance and Innocence shows how even modern people harden their hearts against the Lord and believe what Sartre called 'false consciousness'. Sartre's term about self-deception applies in the context of Jeremiah's 'everyone knows me; they just forget (intentionally) who I am'. My philosophical, analytical disposition would lead me to say that awareness of being for-others and being-for-oneself are biologically phenomenal characteristics humans have implicitly in self-aware cogito... Fancy neurological configurations of dust put-to-breathing. All are saved through grace rather than merit. In reading 'Holy War' by John Bunyan one discovers in the allegory how the town of Mansoul was captured by the top fallen angel. The wicked one has numerous ways of applying deceit. Self-deceit is an existential threat.

Holy War-pages 123-124-quote
“‘The lords of Looseness send to the great and high Diabolus from our dens, caves, holes, and strongholds, in and about the wall of the town of Mansoul, greeting:
Our great lord, and the nourisher of our lives, Diabolus-how glad we were when we heard of your fatherhood’s readiness to comply with us, and help forward our design in our attempts to ruin Mansoul, none can tell but those who, as we do, set themselves against all appearance of good, when and wheresoever we find it.
Touching the encouragement that your greatness is pleased to give us to continue to devise, contrive, and study the utter desolation of Mansoul, that we are not solicitous about; for we know right well that it cannot but be pleasing and profitable to us to see our enemies, and them that seek our lives, die at our feet, or fly before us. We therefore are still contriving, and that to the best of our cunning, to make this work most facile and easy to your lordships, and to us.
First, we considered of that most hellishly cunning, compacted, threefold project, that by you was propounded to us in your last; and have concluded, that though to blow them up with the gunpowder of pride would do well, and to do it by tempting them to be loose and vain will help on, yet to contrive to bring them into the gulf of desperation, we think will do best of all. Now we, who are at your beck, have thought of two ways to do this: first we, for our parts, will make them as vile as we can, and then you with us, at a time appointed, shall be ready to fall upon them with the utmost force. And of all the nations that are at your whistle, we think that an army of Doubters may be the most likely to attack and overcome the town of Mansoul. Thus shall we overcome these enemies, else the pit shall open her mouth upon them, and desperation shall thrust them down into it. We have also, to effect this so much by us desired design, sent already three of our trusty Diabolonians among them; they are disguised in garb, they have changed their names, and are now accepted of them; namely, Covetousness, Lasciviousness, and Anger. The name of Covetousness is changed to Prudent-Thrifty, and him Mr. Mind has hired, and is almost become as bad as our friend. Lasciviousness has changed his name to Harmless-Mirth, and he is got to be the Lord Willbewill’s lacquey; but he has made his master very wanton. Anger changed his name into Good-Zeal, and was entertained by Mr. Godly-Fear; but the peevish old gentleman took pepper in the nose, and turned our companion out of his house. Nay, he has informed us since that he ran away from him, or else his old master had hanged him up for his labour.
Now these have much helped forward our work and design upon Mansoul; for notwithstanding the spite and quarrelsome temper of the old gentleman last mentioned, the other two ply their business well, and are likely to ripen the work apace.
Our next project is, that it be concluded that you come upon the town upon a marketday, and that when they are upon the heat of their business; for then, to be sure, they will be most secure, and least think that an assault will be made upon them. They will also at such a time be less able to defend themselves, and to offend you in the prosecution of our design. And we your trusty (and we are sure your beloved) ones shall, when you shall make your furious assault without, be ready to second the business within. So shall we, in all likelihood, be able to put Mansoul to utter confusion, and to swallow them up before they can come to themselves. If your serpentine heads, most subtile dragons, and our highly esteemed lords can find out a better way than this, let us quickly know your minds.
To the monsters of the infernal cave, from the house of Mr. Mischief in Mansoul, by the hand of Mr. Profane.’”-end quote

On a Modal Logic Parameter for the Necessity of Heaven
'Holy War' suggests the question; isn't the eternal presence the Lord in heaven the only way (necessary) for people with no good in them (no not one) to remain free from sin for eternity? That seems logically necessary in a modal logic kind of way. Here is more about the issue...

There are numerous references to life after death in heaven in the Bible-especially notable is the Revelation's chapter 2. John Bunyan's book 'Holy War' provides a modal logical glimpse of the reason why heaven may be structured as it is.

Consider that mankind is susceptible to sin. Even if saved and cleansed from sin it seems that Christians may still be subject to temptation to sin occasionally getting snared. What better remedy than to have the Lord live in one's presence with the Spirit of God defending the soul against sin? What better place to live than in a New Jerusalem where the heavenly city is cleansed from all diabolic traces?

The people of Mansoul realized the problem of original sin and its tendency for eternal recurrence. With free will mankind requires on-going help-even in heaven apparently. Bunyan's allegorical account of how the city of Mansoul-created by God yet fallen to occupation of the Devil-even with the free willingness of the people of Mansoul to have the Devil as their Prince-is liberated by the Lord remains true to the Lord.

Mansoul is, I suppose, representative of Jerusalem and the New Jerusalem when the Lord physically returns to take possession. God choose David as the King of the Jews to make his capital at Jerusalem and the place where his Temple would be built. God had the Priest-King Melchizedek-perhaps a preincarnate Christ, appear to Abraham at the future site of Jerusalem. The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus is a priest after the order of Melchizedek. Plainly Jerusalem has special meaning as a place where God appears.

Following the expulsion of Diabolus from the town of Mansoul in a successful reconquista accomplished after much strife with great cost and loss of life the people of Mansoul are rehabilitated to a certain extent. They expect judgment and doom for they have had enough warnings, yet are eventually forgiven by the Lord. The people of Mansoul realized they have no virtue that can save themselves, and ask for the mercy of God (the Lord) to keep them free and in His good graces as His servants.

From pages 82-83 Holy War;"They added, moreover, and prayed his Majesty to consider thereof; ‘for,’ said they, ‘if now, after all this grace bestowed upon us, thy miserable town of Mansoul, thou shouldest withdraw, thou and thy captains, from us, the town of Mansoul will die. Yea,’ said they, ‘our blessed Emmanuel, if thou shouldest depart from us now, now thou hast done so much good for us, and showed so much mercy unto us, what will follow but that our joy will be as if it had not been, and our enemies will a second time come upon us with more rage than at the first! Wherefore, we beseech thee, O thou, the desire of our eyes, and the strength and life of our poor town, accept of this motion that now we have made unto our Lord, and come and dwell in the midst of us, and let us be thy people. Besides, Lord, we do not know but that to this day many Diabolonians may be yet lurking in the town of Mansoul, and they will betray us, when thou shalt leave us, into the hand of Diabolus again; and who knows what designs, plots, or contrivances have passed betwixt them about these things already! loath we are to fall again into his horrible hands. Wherefore, let it please thee to accept of our palace for thy place of residence, and of the houses of the best men in our town for the reception of thy soldiers and their furniture.’
Then said the Prince, ‘If I come to your town, will you suffer me further to prosecute that which is in mine heart against mine enemies and yours?-yea, will you help me in such undertakings?’
They answered, ‘We know not what we shall do; we did not think once that we should have been such traitors to Shaddai as we have proved to be. What, then, shall we say to our Lord? Let him put no trust in his saints; let the Prince dwell in our castle, and make of our town a garrison; let him set his noble captains and his warlike soldiers over us; yea, let him conquer us with his love, and overcome us with his grace, and then surely shall he be but with us, and help us, as he was and did that morning that our pardon was read unto us. We shall comply with this our Lord, and with his ways, and fall in with his word against the mighty.
One word more, and thy servants have done, and in this will trouble our Lord no more. We know not the depth of the wisdom of thee, our Prince. Who could have thought, that had been ruled by his reason, that so much sweet as we do now enjoy should have come out of those bitter trials wherewith we were tried at the first! But, Lord, let light go before, and let love come after: yea, take us by the hand, and lead us by thy counsels, and let this always abide upon us, that all things shall be for the best for thy servants, and come to our Mansoul, and do as it pleaseth thee. Or, Lord, come to our Mansoul, do what thou wilt, so thou keepest us from sinning, and makest us serviceable to thy Majesty.’"

John Bunyan's exposition of the logical necessity that people live in the presence of the Lord in order to remain free from sin, and later of the joy of living in the presence of the Lord, is a remarkable piece of theological work.

I believe that the initial liberation of Mansoul is the parallel of the Lord appearing in Israel to teach and free the people before being crucified wherein he overcame death himself and for-others of faith inasmuch as he made the atonement required of God for people with original sin contamination. The subsequent relapse of some of the people of Mansoul toward a reprobate lifestyle might represent the present era post-crucifixion where the kingdom of God has been re-established in the form of the church yet because the Lord is not physically in the presence of all believers some are tempted through a variety of snares and privations to fall away to the guile of dark Lord Devil (Vader) and the Ultimate Evil Emperor of the Evil Satanic Empire (mixing allegories here).

Bunyan's paradigm for the town of Mansoul in the country of Universe reminds me a little of Augustine's city of God versus city of man criterion. Of course Bunyan's 'Holy War' is an allegory comprising the culture of 17th century England in a fictional setting. Yet the town of Mansoul is an obvious existential representative of mankind attacking on all fronts by Satan. Satan attacks through mostly human actors willingly in his service. Bunyan describes how individuals and the entire town basically are won over to the dark side of the force in allegiance to Satan-Vader.

To remain on the existential tack for considering the Holy War I should say that the way Bunyan uses his characters that are protagonists of Mansoul reminds me of the social industrial shop workers in Jean Paul Sartre's Critique of Dialectical Reason.

In the 800 page tome that is the Critique Sartre describes existential social relationships, and it is a brilliant work. Elaborating upon how each individual in his individual existential experience of being acts within an existing and transitioning concatenation of individuals that comprises the social dialectic Sartre created a template for social existential analysis that explains a lot of serialized and permuting or evolving social behavior. I think it is notable that individuals need not be philosophers or saved Christians to profit within numerous social environments sometimes including a church organization. Instead one might be rather superficial yet say the right buzzwords and just look agreeable and move on through perhaps without having a clue about what or why anything exists...
The Holy War is presented in a style that reminds me of the Critique. The advance of the evil project of the condemned Satan to capture the town of Mansoul and subordinate to his own will is of course a way to attack the Lord and God the Father. The interaction of virtually all the citizens to Mansoul-though not all, socially to advance the ingress of Satan's ways and the displacement and negating of God's ways in the town that God built; Mansoul, is a dialectical or evolutionary collapse of intelligence in Mansoul.

In a labor or factory organization the dialectical reason for being and interacting follows along predictable lines of behavior and serialized praxis. The directions for behaving in particular ways are generally given from the owner or top manager and flow on down to the regular shop workers. In the Holy War the praxis desired by Satan to corrupt the existing relationship and phenomenal social dialect given from God must be insinuated with subtlety and chicanery often using sophisticated appeals to reason that induce the citizens to accept the premise that will advance the new praxis or procedures leading to the defection from allegiance to God and Jesus Christ to the ways that doom Mansoul.

In the modern world the social dialectic that prevails isn't quite so uniform as it might have been in a royally ruled town with its comparative isolation from other cultural influences. Yet one does note in books such as Animal farm and 1984 the rise of totalitarianism and of thought and mind control from a Satanic other to the citizen in an existential dialectic that is a forced circumstance with no power of dissent. The rat in a cage over the head of a captive staying there until he renounces his most loved other is in a sense actualized in the concentration camps of Germany and in the Gulags of Stalin's Archipelago. Many experienced the existential dialectic of corrupt persecution from the evil one and yield to the power. Even Peter denied the Lord three times in one day, yet Stephen affirmed the Lord until he was stoned to death and Polycarp was burned to death when he refused to step upon the cross and deny Christ.

Not all assaults upon the soul may be as stark as those mentioned above however they do exist. Neither must humans be made aware of the significance of their choice to let their relationship with God lapse or fade into non-being or even outright hostility. They may slowly slip into darkness and lose the light not realizing evidently that the night will come and then one can ask with Carl Mauldin; What will you do, what will you do? I enjoyed reading the Holy war quite a bit.

The Holy War reminds one that each soul is existentially challenged to be and become faithful to the Lord. That is an empirical battle-a choice between good and evil, right and wrong that so many nowadays fail. The entire world is the setting for the battle for Mansoul. Bunyan's characters acting to war in behalf of Diabolus-the Diabolans, have readily recognizable clones in today's people and issues in the U.S.A. and around the world.

3.The same atheist figures war to compel people to lose faith. The same people fight for the false virtue of carnal security. Orgies then and now draw certain people when the splendid table of feasting is not enough to satisfy. Ignorance, apathy, incredulity-there are so many people seeking to expand the strongholds of Diabolus within the town of Mansoul and actually eliminate any trace of the righteous Prince of the Town who is away. I suppose in that regard it might be compared to the story of Robin Hood. While Richard the Lionheart was absent attending to other concerns an evil Baron and pretender corrupted the nation so far as possible to tax and spend on his own interests at too high of a rate. Diabolus is obviously far worse seeking to lay waste them to every human soul, take their eyes off the prize of salvation and eternal life in the presence of the Lord, and get them to agree to it even if with deception. If one fights for the wrong side in the Holy War then one is, an enemy combatant.

it is a different way of viewing the perennial struggle between good and evil. It is an allegory that could be adapted by a skilled writer for modern times-perhaps it has; the tide of battle between forces working to create a city of God rather than a city of Diabolus on Earth continues even as Christians need to build toward a majority of the world's population deciding for faith before the Lord returns-a Prince returning to his city-Mansoul.

When John Bunyan wrote in the 17th century his was not simply an abstract description of the people of his day motivated without good cause of example. Historical examples were provided to Bunyan by the Inquisition and its application to protestants the century before. The Inquisition would have provided profuse examples of Diabolans at work in their worst dark arts. Britain too had its share of sectarian problems that arose most recently with the catholic-protestant problems, yet that Island had already encountered the customary sharp edge of religious purges. It was generally almost impossible to separate religious from political state conflicts in an era before general literacy and cheap paperback books.

The illiterate man of faith just had to go along with what his superiors told him and so on. If the gospel arrived through the words of a Spanish priest allied with Spanish Royalty and the Habsburgs then to those worldly forces the vassal must chose to fight in war in support of their decretals upon religious and political issues and values. Issues of great moral concerns on conscience and right and wrong concerning war, peace and etc just didn't occur for the ordinary soul in a practical way that might have created a public cause or generated unity for a political movement. As an illiterate peasant without any possibility for reading or writing ideas in a convenient format (such as PDF or EPUB) he and his mostly illiterate or undereducated feudal lords had to follow the hierarchical martinets except where opportunities for personal profit through treason or sedition, treachery or etc occurred. It was a different world than now, yet not so far as one might think.

John Foxxe took an MA from an Oxford college and read voluminously of the classics. He was a good researcher and a devout Catholic while at college. Everyone has to start somewhere, and Foxxe began studying scripture and other material for himself becoming persuaded of the Catholic errors in the process.

Foxxe soon became a professing Christian of the gospel and something of a reformer himself in the mid 16th century. He was condemned for heresy and expelled from Oxford. Foxxe took refuge across the channel having the good fortune to have wealthy and even royal patrons that would I think finance his escape from onerous English residence.

As a convicted heretic in a century when heresy trials were meat for the Inquisition Foxxe must have had an interesting time on the continent. In that era before the Internet and cell phones one might not receive good advanced word of the approach of hostile foreign armies or agents of the Inquisition. I suppose people chatted and spread rumors a lot as a kind of CNN of the day, and that would present all sorts of problems itself including the perpetuation and dissemination of certain bigotries. At any rate, Foxxe had the opportunity to become an historian of the tortures and killings of mostly Protestant Christians and others-often innocents not even being guilty of being what they were charged with-by the Catholic insider authorities.

Foxxe incidentally was educated at Oxford and received patronage partly during the reign of Henry VIII-the founder of the Church of England through schism with the Catholic Church. Puritans like Cromwell were hated by Irish Catholics obviously, yet Milton was a Puritan Government Minister in the Cromwell administration, and the divorce of Catholic rulers from the English government as well as the church was an inevitable and bloody evolution of social transition fulfilling the teleology of God, or rather advancing it along a certain path toward the direction expressed in Bible prophecy. Constructing human society to evolve spiritual maturity and become a majority of the people with a priesthood of believers enacting active Christian roles might not be a simple process that is understandable by a majority of people in their own lifetime.

A brief quote from Foxxe's Book of Martyrs might be useful to remind us of the way things were preceding the rise of the Puritans to political power in England…
Quote from page 60-"When the inquisitors have taken umbrage against an innocent person, all expedients are used to facilitate condemnation; false oaths and testimonies are employed to find the accused guilty; and all laws and institutions are sacrificed to bigoted revenge. If a person accused be arrested and imprisoned, his treatment is deplorable. The gaolers may begin by searching him for books and papers which may tend to his conviction, or for instruments which might be employed in self-murder or escape, and on this pretext they often rob him of his wearing apparel. When the prisoner has been searched and robbed he is then committed to prison. The mildest sentence is imprisonment for life; yet the inquisitors proceed by degrees at once subtle, slow and cruel. The gaoler first insinuates himself into the prisoner's favor, by pretending to wish him well, and advise him; and among other hints falsely kind, tells him to petition for an audit. When he is brought before the consistory, the first demand is, "What is your request?" To this the prisoner very naturally answers that he would have a hearing. hereupon, one of the inquisitors replies, "Your hearing is this-confess the truth, conceal nothing, and rely on our mercy." if now the prisoner makes a confession of any trifling affair, they immediately found an indictment upon it; if he is mute, they shut him up without light, or any food but a scanty allowance of bread and water, till he overcame his obstinacy, as they call it; and if he declare his innocence, they torment him till he either dies with the pain or confesses himself guilty.
On the re-examination of such as confess, they continually say, "You have not been sincere, you tell not all; you keep many things concealed, and therefore must be remanded to your dungeon." When those who have been mute are recalled for further examination, if they continue silent, such tortures are ordered as will either make them speak or kill them; and when those who proclaim their innocence are re-examined, a crucifix is held before, and they are solemnly exhorted to take an oath of their confession of faith. This brings them to the test, they must either swear they are Roman Catholics or acknowledge they are not.
After a person is condemned, he is either severely whipped, violently tortured, sent to the galleys, or sentenced to death; in either case the effects are confiscated. After judgment, a procession is formed to the place of execution, and the ceremony is called Auto da Fe, or act of faith. The following is an exact account of one of those atrocious and grotesque solemnities, performed at Madrid in the 1683:-"... end quote from Foxxe's Book of Martyrs.

John Foxxe (1517-1587) explained more than the methods of the Inquisition. He wrote about catholic purges of Christians across Europe in that century and before. It is a kind of record of the efforts of the Roman See to wipe out the Protestant reformation at the same time as they were helping the Spanish purges their country of ideological impurities that were forced upon them during the era of Iberian Peninsula history starting with Moorish invasion and occupation. The decision of the Roman Pontiff to war on the Reformation was unfortunate yet perhaps rather inevitable considering that politics and state affairs were inextricably linked through the royal houses.

When Luther nailed his 96 thesis to the door of a church building and schism developed the willingness of German nobility to revolt against Catholic Hapsburg control was probably as much of a factor as theological concerns in preponderantly choosing to reinforce the Protestant reformation. Church-state entanglement has worked to repress Christian theological sensibilities as too, as they must conform to state will and occasionally, vice versa.

After Death is Vanquished from Mansoul, from Hell the Devil Aspires and Plots to Recapture Mansoul
Holy War- from pages 129-130-“‘Nay, we shall, to encourage you in the profundity of your craft, let you know, that, at a full assembly and conclave of our princes and principalities of this place, your project was discoursed and tossed from one side of our cave to the other by their mightinesses; but a better, and as was by themselves judged, a more fit and proper way by all their wits, could not be invented, to surprise, take, and make our own, the rebellious town of Mansoul.‘Wherefore, in fine, all that was said that varied from what you had in your letter propounded,fell of itself to the ground, and yours only was stuck to by Diabolus, the prince;yea, his gaping gorge and yawning paunch was on fire to put your invention into execution.
We therefore give you to understand that our stout, furious, and unmerciful Diabolus is raising, for your relief, and the ruin of the rebellious town of Mansoul, more than twenty thousand Doubters to come against that people. They are all stout and sturdy men, and men that of old have been accustomed to war, and that can therefore well endure the drum. I say, he is doing this work of his with all the possible speed he can; for his heart and spirit is engaged in it. We desire, therefore, that, as you have hitherto stuck to us, and given us both advice and encouragement thus far, you still will prosecute our design; nor shall you lose,
but be gainers thereby; yea, we intend to make you the lords of Mansoul.
One thing may not by any means be omitted, that is, those with us do desire that every one of you that are in Mansoul would still use all your power, cunning, and skill, with delusive persuasions, yet to draw the town of Mansoul into more sin and wickedness, even that sin may be finished and bring forth death.
For thus it is concluded with us, that the more vile, sinful, and debauched the town of Mansoul is, more backward will be their Emmanuel to come to their help, either by presence or other relief; yea, the more sinful, the more weak, and so the more unable will they be to make resistance when we shall make our assault upon them to swallow them up. Yea, that may cause that their mighty Shaddai himself may cast them out of his protection; yea, and send for his captains and soldiers home, with his slings and rams, and leave them naked and bare; and then the town of Mansoul will of itself open to us, and fall as the fig into the mouth of the eater. Yea, to be sure that we then with a great deal of ease shall come upon her and overcome her.”-end quote

It may be that John Bunyan’s book provides a kind of systems analysis perspective upon the methods of operation that Satan employs to corrupt the human soul. There is a sort of synoptic view of God’s relationship to mankind provided in the ‘Holy War’ in allegorical form. I think it quite useful to have a synoptic view on God’s relationship to mankind especially concerning the assaults and methods of operation used by the exteriority of evil implicit in the works of the devil. Forewarned is forearmed. Defense is simpler when one understands the reasons why the conflict is happening especially as direct attack is made upon oneself and even one’s own thought. As Bunyan wrote; the gunpowder of pride is an effective tool among Satan’s repertoire of dirty tricks for subverting the human soul to his advantage. I suppose the Evil one would line his pit with trophies of souls in jars packed in and sealed with eternal doom.

A synoptic view of the work of God to save the human race over the course of history does require a generally accurate understanding of the meaning of the Bible. A wrong hermeneutic and eschatology can bring one to react incorrectly to the external challenges of Satan and the phenomenality of evolution theory. To use Arnold Toynbee’s challenge-response criterion, the response of Christians to the external challenge of Satanic designs to snare their soul would not be appropriate to the challenge. If one believes that a quick evacuation will occur from a potential battlefield if there is a sudden enemy attack it is quite possible that adequate defense measures for protracted war will not be built. 

In other words if pre-tribulationist misinterpreters of John’s Revelation believe that they will be raptured from the world after a long slow drain of morality from society in Satan’s winning campaign, they will be poor defenders of or missionaries for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
In the ‘Holy War’ Prince Emmanuel in some way fades out from the inner castle of Mansoul gradually after winning the battle for Mansoul from the Devil who is cast into the pit. Yet he has already established his Lord High Secretary to interact with the townsmen for him, in his absence as he has returned to the court of the Father-Shaddai. Because the people having been restored with forgiveness for their prior defection to sin have become sickened over time with subtly infiltrated sickness and deceptions masking corruption regress toward apostasy slowly, the Lord High Secretary, who may symbolize the Holy Spirit, has become reclusive and unwilling to act in defense of the people of Mansoul too.

The tribulation previously reached Mansoul in the form of its capture and occupation by Diabolus and his army. Yet with the kingdom of God (Prince Emmanuel) restored in possession of Mansoul there was still trouble with the prospect for relapse into the old ways of submission to the will of Diabolus who would return to be Prince of Mansoul. Not only must Christians or the citizens of Mansoul be ever vigilant against the deceit of Diabolus, they must encourage and reinforce one another as peers in a priesthood of believers as free people that are voluntarily allegiant as servants to Prince Emmanuel (Jesus Christ) as their defender who has true concern about their eternal well-being. In post-tribulationist interpretation of the Revelation template for the Holy War, a priesthood of believers must needs increase the kingdom of God unto being an active majority of the population rather than being shrinking violets dwindling to a tiny minority remnant waiting for evacuation like the Washington Adolphus Greely expedition at Fort Conger. 

An active priesthood of professing believers would know for themselves the truth of the gospel and present that every day in their own lives and interactions with others in society. Church going Christians cannot remain pew-sitting watchers of an elite being Christian performers on stage viewing things passively from the cell of their mind in a brain housing skull. An actual peer Christian egalitarian networking church structure need arise with a variety of forms where church discipline is just a matter of being a Christian in a priesthood of believers roll without prospect for reprobate conduct without being untrue to oneself and what one believes and says in performing the roles of the priesthood of believers that have some elements of standardization.

When Diabolus sends an army of doubters or atheists against Mansoul. An active volunteer priesthood of believers with much better self-discipline survives the attack much better than draftees inclined to insubordination, fragging, doping, carnal ventures, crimes, defections and desertion.

Another Theological Point of Instruction
From pages 141-142 The Holy War; "Diabolus having thus ended his flattering, fawning, deceitful, and lying speech to the famous town of Mansoul, the Lord Mayor replied to him as follows:—
O Diabolus, prince of darkness, and master of all deceit; thy lying flatteries we have had and made sufficient probation of, and have tasted too deeply of that destructive cup already. Should we therefore again hearken unto thee, and so break the commandments of our great Shaddai, to join in affinity with thee, would not our Prince reject us, and cast us off for ever? And, being cast off by him, can the place that he has prepared for thee be a place of rest for us? Besides, O thou that art empty and void of all truth, we are rather ready to die by thy hand, than to fall in with thy flattering and lying deceits.’
When the tyrant saw that there was little to be got by parleying with my Lord Mayor, he fell into an hellish rage, and resolved that again, with his army of Doubters, he would another time assault the town of Mansoul.”-end quote

In a way, Bunyan provided a theological explanation for the remoteness of the Lord after his departure from the victorious presence with the disciples after victory over the Devil and death spiritually and physically in His resurrection. The Lord did leave and the comforter-the Holy Spirit might arrive, yet it was for an era of the growth of empirical truth in the kingdom of God and in the increase of faith and conversion of many gentiles to faith in and salvation with the Lord. For Christians to grow and strengthen they need do so as He was somewhat away, for not only where they not perfected and their numbers few in regard to their potential, they must needs be battle tested against the evil Prince of darkness relying upon the Holy Spirit, grace and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bunyan provided this new-to-me rational inference about why the Lord might be physically absent after his comparatively brief victory tour in Jerusalem and outside to the Apostles. It is a better and more logical explanation than the pre-tribulationist idea that another victory and tribulation need be won by the Lord as if his first was of no decisive effect. Bunyan’s paradigm is a better, more modal logically consistent reasoning in regard to God’s management style for reconciliation to his will along a temporal transitioning to eternal course of human spiritual development. In the advancing Christian education course something of a veteran status is achieved by Christians as they learn they can, in the Lord’s service, defeat the attacks of Diabolus. That would make a Christian majority possible on Earth, rather than a Diabolical, deceitful imperial caste of rulers exploiting a hapless enthralled majority destined for shelves of eternal doom beyond the gates of hell.

It might be useful to consider the 'Holy War' from a thematic perspective, that is, to consider how its symbolism is provided structurally in names and what those names represent. The symbolic names of the protagonists are keys to examining the elements that attack the living human soul in the temporal world.

Though the battle for the rescue, liberation and salvation of the town of Mansoul is an allegory, the allegory represents the battle the human soul experiences on Earth. That is not just an empirical battle for life and death as is usual in military engagements, it is a spiritual war with external assailants as well as internal self-dispositions to move away from a Christian demeanor and conduct toward those that are reprobate. Mind and thought content too in the drift of the soul away from the consciousness of cohering within the will of God may develop a kind of forgetfulness about the truths that God has expressed to them through the word, prophets, Holy Spirit and life example of the Lord. Bunyan's work is a reminder of the paradigm of the soul's drifting in and out of coherence within the spirit of God in degrees of concern with world, reprobate proclivities and those that are with the demeanor a Christian may rightly pursue. As a soldier might have proper military bearing, a Christian should have a proper Christian bearing, yet the bearing is spiritual for a Christian; inward rather than outward though the inward light may be outwardly visible.

There are several levels of the modal structure that describes the manner whereby the soul is assaulted in the Holy War. That is a warning to Christians to be on guard on several levels regarding personal conduct, subjective attitudes that are destructive such as 'the gunpowder of pride', temptations, diversions from attention to matters of the Lord, deceit by Diabolans, direct assault by Diabolans and so forth.

For Bunyan, Christian victory resides in true faith to the Lord regardless of the personal consequences. If, like the Canadian Indian tribe that were converted to Christianity, apparently took the faith seriously and were subsequently wiped out by pagans, a people is martyred on the cross of faith, they will be received into the kingdom of God anyway after death; a place where they were living before

Section 2: Symbolism
(one page location)

Diabolus (12)
King Shaddai
Ear-gate,Eye-gate, Mouth-gate, Nose-gate, and Feel-gate
Legion (11)
Mr. Resistance aka Capt. Resistance (12)
Lord Innocent (12)
Lord Willbewill (12)
Lord Mayor (12)
Mr. Recorder (12)
Tisiphone (12)
Ill-Pause (14)
Lord Mayor, whose name was my Lord Understanding (15) {Diabolus replaced him with Lord Incredulity (34)}
Mr. Recorder, whose name was Mr. Conscience (15)
{Diabolus} had also one Mr. Mind for his clerk (18)

Married: Mr. Affection aka Vile-Affection (18)
Carnal-Lust, the daughter of Mr. Mind (18)
Their children Impudent, Black-mouth, and Hate-Reproof. These three were black boys. And besides these they had three daughters, as Scorn-Truth and Slight-God, and the name of the youngest was Revenge (19)

Giant (20)
Mr. No-Truth (20)

{Diabolus'} Mayor Lord Lustings {has no eyes or ears} (20)

{Diabolus'} principle burgesses and aldermen: (21)
Mr. Incredulity,
Mr. Haughty,
Mr. Swearing,
Mr. Whoring,
Mr. Hard-Heart,
Mr. Pitiless,
Mr. Fury,
Mr. No-Truth,
Mr. Stand-to-Lies,
Mr. False-Peace
Mr. Drunkenness
Mr. Cheating
Mr. Atheism

Thirteen in all, Mr. Incredulity is the eldest, and Mr. Atheism the youngest of the company.

Strongholds Diabolus built in Mansoul: (21)
Diabolus built three that seemed to be impregnable.
1- Hold of Defiance, made to command the whole town, and
to keep it from the knowledge of its ancient King
2-Midnight Hold built to keep Mansoul from the true knowledge of itself
3-Sweet-Sin Hold
Governor Spite-God of Defiance Hold
Governor Love-No-Light of Midnight Hold
Governor Love-Flesh of Sweet-Sin Hold (21)
Son of Shaddai (aka Emmanuel) (23)
Lord High Secretary {probably representative of the Holy Spirit} (23)
(103)-Emmanuel's introduction of theLord High Secretary-excerpt...
"‘He that is from the court,’ said he, ‘is a person of no less quality and dignity than my Father and I; and he is the Lord Chief Secretary of my Father’s house: for he is, and always has been, the chief dictator of all my Father’s laws, a person altogether well skilled in all mysteries, and knowledge of mysteries, as is my Father, or as myself is Indeed, he is one with us in nature, and also as to loving of, and being faithful to, and in the eternal concerns of the town of Mansoul.

And this is he,’ said the Prince, ‘that must be your chief teacher; for it is he, and he only, that can teach you clearly in all high and supernatural things. He, and he only, it is that knows the ways and methods of my Father at court, nor can any like him show how the heart of my Father is at all times, in all things, upon all occasions, towards Mansoul; for as no man knows the things of a man but that spirit of a man which is in him, so the things of
my Father knows no man but this his high and mighty Secretary. Nor can any, as he, tell Mansoul how and what they shall do to keep themselves in the love of my Father. He also it is that can bring lost things to your remembrance, and that can tell you things to come.

This Teacher, therefore, must of necessity have the preeminence, both in your affections and judgment, before your other teacher; his personal dignity, the excellency of his teaching, also the great dexterity that he hath to help you to make and draw up petitions to my Father for your help, and to his pleasing, must lay obligations upon you to love him, fear him, and to take heed that you grieve him not.

This person can put life and vigour into all he says; yea, and can also put it into your heart. This person can make seers of you, and can make you tell what shall be hereafter. By this person you must frame all your petitions to my Father and me; and without his advice and counsel first obtained, let nothing enter into the town or castle of Mansoul, for that may disgust and grieve this noble person.

Take heed, I say, that you do not grieve this Minister; for if you do, he may fight against you; and should he once be moved by you to set himself against you in battle array, that will distress you more than if twelve legions should from my Father’s court be sent to make war upon you.

But, as I said, if you shall hearken unto him, and shall love him; if you shall devote yourselves to his teaching, and shall seek to have converse, and to maintain communion with him, you shall find him ten times better than is the whole world to any; yea, he will shed abroad the love of my Father in your hearts, and Mansoul will be the wisest and most blessed of all people.’"

Four King's General (29)
Capt. Boanerges (29) and his ensign Mr. Thunder
Captain Conviction
(29) and his ensign Mr. Sorrow;
Captain Judgment (29) and his ensign Mr. Terror
Captain Execution (29) and his ensign Mr. Justice

Recorder Forget-Good (37)
old Mr. Prejudice-captain of the ward at ear-gate (39) (gates may correspond to those of Jerusalem)
great guns placed over ear-gate; High-mind and Heady (38)
Mr. Puff-up (the founder) cast the canon at the foundry
Mr. Tradition, Mr. Human-Wisdom, and Mr. Man’s-
Invention (39)-young men who enlisted in the army under Capt. Boanerges, are captured by Diabolus' man Lord Willbewill before he turns to God, and as prisoners enroll in Diabolus' forces (39)
Captain Anything, Captain Anything (39)
Mr. Rashhead, a Diabolonian (46)

Mr. Love (49)
Five notable captains of the King son's army to save Mansoul
Capt. Credence & standard bearer Mr. Promise (51)
Captain Good-Hope (51) & standard bearer Mr. Expectation
Captain Charity (51) & standard bearer Mr. Pitiful
Captain Innocent (51) & standard bearer Mr. Harmless-Mirth
Captain Patience (51) & standard bearer Mr. Suffer-long

Mounts, banks and hills moved up against Mansoul
Mount Gracious, Mount Justice (52)
Plain-Truth Hill and No-Sin Banks (52)
Mount Hearken (52)
Mount Hear-well (64)

Mr. Loth-to-Stoop (58) a messenger-diplomat for Diabolus
Captain Boasting (61)
Captain Secure (61)
Captain Bragman (61)
Mr. Feeling (61)
Love-no-Good (62)
Mr. Backward-to-all-but-Naught (66)
Captain Treacherous (66)
Captain Blindfold (66)
Mr. Desires-Awake (71)
Mr. Wet-Eyes (74)
Mr. Desires (74)
Mr. Repentance (75)

Mr. Knowledge the Recorder (87)
Gaoler; Mr. True-Man (87)
Alderman Atheism (87)
Alderman Hard-Heart (87)
Alderman False-Peace (87)
Burgess; Mr. No-Truth (87)
Burgess; Mr. Pitiless (87)
Burgess; Mr. Haughty (87)

Jurors: Mr. Belief, Mr. True-Heart, Mr. Upright, Mr. Hate-Bad, Mr. Love-God, Mr.

See-Truth, Mr. Heavenly-Mind, Mr. Moderate, Mr. Thankful, Mr. Good-Work, Mr. Zeal-for-God, and Mr. Humble (88)

Witnesses: Mr. Know-All, Mr. Tell-True, Mr. Hate -Lies, Lord Willbewill (88)
Town-clerk; Mr. Do-Right (88)

Places: Blackmouth Lane and Blasphemers’ Row (89)
Drunkards’ Row (89)
Rascal-Lane’s End (89)
Flesh Street (90)
All-base Lane (90)
Nauseous Street (92)
Filth Lane (92)
Sign of the Reprobate, next door to the Descent into the Pit (92)
Folly Yard

Never-be-Good: father of Atheism
Mr. Impiety (89)
Mr. Lustings (89)
Beastly (90); Evil-Concupiscence’s daughter
Mr. Incredulity (90)-son of Love-Naught
Shameless (92)

Search-Truth (93)
Vouch-Truth (93)
Mr. Flatter and Mrs. Sooth-Up (94) parents of False-Peace
Mr. Simple, next door to the
sign of the Self-deceiver (94)
Mr. Know-All (95)
Cheer-Up aka Mr. Pitiless (95)
Diabolonians love to counterfeit their names: Mr.
Covetousness covers himself with the name of Good-Husbandry, or the like; Mr. Pride can,
when need is, call himself Mr. Neat, Mr. Handsome etc. (96)
Lord Fornication (106)
Lord Adultery (106)
Lord Murder (106)
Lord Anger (106)
Lord Lasciviousness (106)
Lord Deceit (106)
Lord Evil-Eye (106)
Mr. Drunkenness (106)
Mr. Revelling (106)
Mr. Idolatry (106)
Mr. Witchcraft (106)
Mr. Variance (106)
Mr. Emulation (106)
Mr. Wrath (106)
Mr. Strife (106)
Mr. Sedition (106)
Heresy (106)
Mr. Carnal-Security (110)
Mr. Self-Conceit (110) father of Mr. Carnal-Security
Lady Fear-Nothing (110) mother of Mr. Carnal-Security

Mr. Godly-Fear (115)

Lord Deceit (118)
Lord Evil-Eye (118)
Lord Blasphemy (118)
Lord Covetousness (118)
Mr. Mischief (120)
Mr. Profane (120)
Places II
Hell-Gate Hill (120)
Mount Diabolus, Mount Alecto, Mount Megara, and Mount Tisiphone;
for these are the names of the dreadful Furies of hell (138)
province of Loath-Good (167)
Blind-Man-shire (171)
Blind-Zeal-shire (171)
town of Malice, in the county of Envy (171)
Bad Street (175)

Cerberus (120) {gate keeper}
Beelzebub (120)
Lucifer (120)
Apollyon (120)
Mr. Deceit (120)

Lord Covetousness aka Prudent-Thrifty (123)
Lord Lasciviousness aka Harmless-
Mirth (123)
Lord Anger aka Good-Zeal (123)

The lords of Looseness (123)

Mr. Prywell (133) intell agent for non-Diabolic people of Mansoul

Leadership of the Second Army of Diabolus for Conquest of Mansoul...(137)
Diabolus was king
Incredulity was lord-general
Lord Beelzebub,
the Lord Lucifer, the Lord Legion, the Lord Apollyon, the Lord Python, the Lord Cerberus, and the Lord Belial; these seven he set over the captains...
Captain Rage: he was captain over the Election Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Destructive (136)
Captain Fury: he was captain over the Vocation Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Darkness; (136)
Captain Damnation: he was captain over the Grace Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. No-Life (136)
Captain Insatiable: he was captain over the Faith Doubters- stand-bearer Mr. Devourer (136)
Captain Insatiable: he was captain over the Faith Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Devourer (136)
Captain Brimstone: he was captain over the Perseverance
Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Burning (136)
Captain Torment: he was captain over the Resurrection

Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Gnaw (136)
Captain No-Ease: he was captain over the Salvation Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Restless (137)
Captain Sepulchre: he was captain over the Glory Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Corruption (137)
Captain Past-Hope: he was captain of those that are called the Felicity Doubters- standard-bearer Mr. Despair (137)

subordinate preacher (140)
Jolly, and Griggish, the
two sons of Willbewill's servant Harmless-Mirth (143)
Find-Out and Tell-All (143)
Prudent-Thrifty (143)
and Rake-All (143)
Mrs. Hold-
fast-Bad (143)
Lord Reason (143)
Loose-Foot (145)
Mr. Penny-wise-Pound-foolish (158)
Mr. Get-i’the-hundred-and-Lose-i’the-shire (158)
Mr. Sweet-World and Mr. Present-Good (158)
Mr. Profuse (159)
Mr. Prodigality (159)
gang (159)
Mr. Voluptuous (159)
Mr. Pragmatical (159)
Mr. Ostentation (159)

Mr. Godly-Fear (166)
Mr. Upright (166)

Doubters (166)
Election Doubters, the Vocation
Doubters, the Grace Doubters, the Perseverance Doubters, the Resurrection Doubters, the
Salvation Doubters, and the Glory Doubters; whose captains were Captain Rage, Captain
Cruel, Captain Damnation, Captain Insatiable, Captain Brimstone, Captain Torment,
Captain No-Ease, Captain Sepulchre, and Captain Past-Hope; and old Incredulity was, under
Diabolus, their general. There were also the seven heads of their army; and they were the
Lord Beelzebub, the Lord Lucifer, the Lord Legion, the Lord Apollyon, the Lord Python,
the Lord Cerberus, and the Lord Belial (166)

Captains of the Blood-Men (168)
Captain Cain, Captain Nimrod, Captain Ishmael, Captain Esau, Captain Saul, Captain
Absalom, Captain Judas, and Captain Pope

Captain Self-Denial (169)
Evil-Questioning (172)
Mr. Diligence (175)

Mr. Fooling, Mr. Let-Good-Slip, Mr. Slavish-Fear, Mr. No-Love, Mr. Mistrust, Mr. Flesh,
and Mr. Sloth. It was also commanded that he should apprehend Mr. Evil-Questioning’s
children that he left behind him, and that they should demolish his house. The children that
he left behind him were these: Mr. Doubt, and he was his eldest son; the next to him was
Legal-Life, Unbelief, Wrong-Thoughts-of-Christ, Clip -Promise, Carnal-Sense, Live-by-
Feeling, Self-Love. All these he had by one wife, and her name was No-Hope; she was the
kinswoman of old Incredulity, for he was her uncle; and when her father, old Dark (178)

Meditation his son, Mr. Think-Well;
he had by Mrs. Piety his wife, and she was the daughter of Mr. Recorder (178)
Clip-Promise (178)
Carnal-Sense (178)
Mr. Wrong-Thoughts-of-Christ (179)
Self-Love (179)