Sir Roger Scruton: A Thing Called Civilization | Intercollegiate Studies Institute

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Source: A Thing Called Civilization – Intercollegiate Studies Institute: Think. Live Free.

The Intercollegiate Studies institute named the late Sir Roger Scruton its “Defender of Western Civilization” for 2019 – a richly deserved honor! – on September 19th, not long before he lost his battle with an aggressive form of cancer.

In his acceptance speech, Sir Roger gave what I think is perhaps the finest short description of Western civilization ever crafted – certainly that I have ever seen:

“Western civilization has come in for a lot of attack because it’s Western. The word Western has been taken to be a standard term of abuse by so many people in the world today, and in particular by people who don’t have the faintest idea what it means, historically, metaphysically, or poetically. Our Western civilization is not some peculiar, narrow little obsession of people who happen to live in a certain geographical part of the world. It is an inheritance, constantly expanding, constantly including new things. It is something which has given us the knowledge of the human heart, which has enabled us to produce not just wonderful economies and the wonderful ways of living in the world that are ours, but also the great works of art, the religions, the systems of law and government, all the other things which make it actually possible for us to recognize that we live in this world, insofar as possible, successfully.”

But please – read the whole essay. It’s splendid. Writings by Sir Roger generally are. May God rest his soul!

 

Separation is in the United Methodist DNA | Mitchell Lewis

John Wesley & Charles Wesley,   Hymns Ancient & Modern , Historical Edition (1909).

If any act of ecclesiastical separation renders a church invalid, the United Methodist Church is in a world of trouble.

Source: Separation in the United Methodist DNA – Mitchell Lewis

As a former Methodist, baptized by my maternal grandfather who was a Methodist minister, I found this a most interesting essay!

Among other things, I did not know about this:

“In 1784, at the same time John Wesley was performing his irregular ordinations, [newly consecrated Episcopal bishop Samuel] Seabury met with Charles Wesley in London and the two developed a plan by which Seabury would ordain Methodist preachers when he returned to America. John’s actions put an end to that.”

Again, as I say… interesting!

I also didn’t realize quite how much on the outs John’s actions put him with Charles. The latter’s verses on the subject are rather stinging!

I don’t agree with everything in this essay, but it’s definitely worth a read, in my opinion.

Follow the link to read the whole thing (Charles’ verses included).


P.S. There was a time when I would have been thrilled and excited by the prospect of a reunion between the Episcopal Church and the United Methodist Church! But sadly, that time is past. The Episcopal Church is off the rails, and the majority of the UMC seems determined to follow them into the ditch. It’s more than a shame. I wonder what my Methodist minister grandfather would have thought of what’s going on, these days? I can’t imagine he would have been particularly happy.

Granddad Reamer
The Rev. Dr. Carl Wheaton Reamer, my maternal grandfather and an ordained Methodist minister. He left school after the sixth grade to work in the Wheaton Glass Factory in Millville, NJ, to help support his family. Later, he earned what we would now call a GED, and went on to graduate from college, seminary, and to earn the only doctorate in our family so far: a Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) from Rutgers University. A devoted, compassionate, and highly respected pastor, preacher, and family man, who died of cancer when I was nine years old. I have hated that disease with a passion ever since.

 

Sword of St. Michael | Aleteia

7 sanctuaries united by a straight line: the legendary Sword of St. Michael

Source: Sword of St. Michael | Aleteia

“A mysterious imaginary line links seven monasteries, from Ireland to Israel. Is it just a coincidence? These seven sanctuaries are very far from each other, and yet they are perfectly aligned… The Sacred Line of Saint Michael the Archangel represents, according to legend, the blow the [holy Archangel] inflicted on the Devil, sending him to hell.”

Most interesting!

Heather MacDonald warns US colleges are breeding hate | Life, Liberty & Levin – Fox News

Heather MacDonald – political commentator, essayist, attorney and bestselling author of The Diversity Delusion – tells it like it is, on the danger of this delusion to the university, and to the nation.

What is “the diversity delusion”? In brief, the belief that America is awash in discrimination, and that any perceived inequality or lack of “parity” (equality of opportunity is no longer enough; now the expectation is equality of outcomes) in race or gender in any field is the result of systemic, institutional (or individual, or both) racism, sexism, etc.

MacDonald notes that there is a cottage industry of both pandering to and actively fomenting this fear on campus, and she is not the only one to note her fear that this may eventually lead to civil war, by breeding hate among students in our colleges and universities.


Nota Bene:  This belief may ultimately, I fear, create a self-fulfilling property.

If someone, or a group of people (in this case primarily white, heterosexual, Christian men, although white, heterosexual, Christian women are not immune, in this age of “intersectionality”) are told “You hate me, you’re prejudiced against me, you’re putting me down!” the initial response is likely to be shock and sadness: “No, man! I’m not! I don’t want to do that!”

The goal of the Left, of course, is for this message to be internalized, to “Oh, wow, man, I guess I am… what do I have to do to make up for it?” The answer to that is “There’s really nothing you can do to totally make up for it, because you’re you’re a straight white Christian male, but you can make reparation by becoming an ‘ally’ and kowtowing to us constantly.”

But unless this happens, and maybe eventually even if it does, the ultimate result is going to be resentment. “Why do you keep harassing me, man? I’m not doing anything to you!” And eventually, that resentment is going to, as I say, create a self-fulfilling prophecy: “You know what, man? I really am starting to hate you, now!”

And that is when it stops being about suppression of difference (ironically, a thing the Left used to claim was bad, but now actively utilizes to advance its agenda), and may begin to edge over into the civil war that MacDonald and many of us fear. Lord, have mercy upon us!