Painstaking restoration underway to preserve Carter’s Grove

Carter’s Grove, one of the country’s most significant examples of Georgian architecture, survived the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

Source: Painstaking restoration underway to preserve Carter’s Grove | Lifestyles | dailyprogress.com

Attacked in recent years by insects and damaged by water, the property on the north shore of the James River in James City County was in danger of falling into disrepair until a Chicago businessman bought the property about 8 miles southeast of historic Williamsburg in 2014 for $7.2 million — and took on the monumental task of preserving it.

While I am sorry it is no longer part of Colonial Williamsburg, I am very glad Carter’s Grove – one of the finest examples of a Georgian-era stately home in the United States – is being restored by someone who cares about the place! It was a feature of just about every visit to Williamsburg with my family, when I was growing up, and we went often. I hope the owner will open it to the public once again, when the restoration is complete. But in any case, it’s good to know the work is being done!

On forced equality

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It is, in my opinion, precisely the forcing of everything and everyone into an artificial semblance, not only of equality-in-principle, but equality-in-practice, or more accurately identicality, which has been and remains the source of a lot of our present problems. Why? Because it is counter to observed reality, and tends toward authoritarianism, or worse.

All men are indeed created equal; that is, all human souls are of equal worth in the eyes of God, but not all are equal, by any means, in a material or pragmatic sense, in this world; still less are they identical. And this is true of the products of human endeavor, no less than of humans ourselves.

By pretending that everything and everyone is of equal worth, we have given up the ability – or at least the willingness – to practice discrimination in the classical sense: that is, discernment, the considering of people and things on their merits.

And the effort to hammer every peg, whether square or otherwise, into the same round hole, is the root of totalitarian oppression. Enforced equality ends in despotism.

“All that is to last is slow to grow.”

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It is as true in culture and society as it is in the world of nature: that which springs up quickly, generally withers just as quickly. Deep and lasting roots are required to support continued life and growth. And that which is severed from its roots quickly dies…

France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes

Four officers were injured (two badly burned) when around 15 “youths” (Muslim gang-members) swarmed their cars and hurled rocks and firebombs at them. Police were aggrieved when the minister of interior called the attackers “little wild ones.”

Source: France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes

“Under this politically correct dictatorship, Western culture has established two principles. First, freedom of speech can be restricted any time someone claims that an opinion is an ‘insult.’ Second, there is a vicious double standard: minorities, especially Muslims, can freely say whatever they want against Jews and Christians.

“There is no better ally of Islamic extremism than this sanctimony of liberal censorship: both, in fact, want to suppress any criticism of Islam, as well as any proud defense of the Western Enlightenment or Judeo-Christian culture.”

I have striven to minimize, but not eliminate, contemporary political commentary in this blog, although I have never made any attempt to hide the fact that I am a traditionalist, and vigorously pro-Western, pro-European. But both tradition in general, and Western culture and values in particular, are unfortunately under vigorous assault in today’s world, both from radical, militant, ideological Islam, and from supposedly “liberal” activists on the political left, who are in reality anything but. Continue reading “France: Decomposing in Front of Our Eyes”

Only Christian faith will save Europe, Anglican bishop says after Paris attacks

Is more secularism the answer to Islamic terror? Certainly not, a retired Anglican bishop who works on behalf of the persecuted church says. The only force he says is capable of unifying Europe and preserving western civilization is Christianity.

Source: Only Christian faith will save Europe, Anglican bishop says after Paris attacks

This was first published a year ago, but it’s just as true now as it was then.

“The truth of the matter is that Europe needs to recover its grand narrative by which to live, by which to determine what is true, good and beneficial for its people. The nostrums of Marxism and Fascism have brought frightful suffering for its people. Now another totalitarian ideology threatens. A truly plural space can only be guaranteed by intrinsically Christian ideas of the dignity of the human person, respect for conscience, equality of persons and freedom not only to believe but to manifest our beliefs in the public space, without discrimination against or violence to those who do not share them,” Nazir-Ali writes. Continue reading “Only Christian faith will save Europe, Anglican bishop says after Paris attacks”

Yes, the Old Mass is ‘rigid’ – that’s one reason young people love it

Source: Yes, the Old Mass is ‘rigid’ – that’s one reason us young people love it – CatholicHerald.co.uk

While this refers to the Latin (“old”) form of the Roman Catholic Mass, a lot of what the author says here can be seen to apply to the classical Anglican tradition of Common Prayer, as well, as I hope to show by some judicious “tweaking” of the linked article:

“First of all, the [classical liturgy] is simply more beautiful than the modern one: better vestments, more solemn songs, more reverence. Beauty is an attribute of God. If beauty decreases, it becomes more difficult to see God.”

The classical, traditional Anglican liturgy is beautiful, dignified, and reverent: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness” could have been written with it in mind!

“Second, the [classical Prayer Book liturgy] provides a deeper sense of [Anglican] identity. [Public worship] in many parishes today has become too similar to [generic] Protestant celebrations. And if we wanted to be [generic] Protestants, we could easily convert.”

The liturgical movement has blurred distinctions between churches. The liturgy in many contemporary Episcopal churches, for instance, is (intentionally, on the part of the reformers) difficult to distinguish from a Lutheran, Methodist, or Presbyterian one. Sameness, uniformity, is boring and dilutes the distinctiveness, energy, and integrity of authentic traditions. Continue reading “Yes, the Old Mass is ‘rigid’ – that’s one reason young people love it”