lundi 28 mars 2016

I don't think Mother Angelica ever found Darwin's God

1) Creation vs. Evolution: I don't think Mother Angelica ever found Darwin's God · 2) Assorted retorts from yahoo boards and elsewhere: ... on Evolution and Catholic Church

I think she went up, not down (or at least not down far enough and if so she will get up again)*. And I think in life she stayed with Father Murphy's God and in dying found Him.

Mother Angelica on Blasphemy, the Second Vatican Council, and WYD 1993
Matthew Olson

I already said RIP, and if she needed it or someone else needed it better, I hope she will pray for me too./HGL

* For non-Catholic readers : in what the Hebrews called Sheol, the Limbus of Fathers is under us, was lit up when Jesus came down there and is empty since He took those souls up. Under it, but still above the Hell of the Damned, there is Purgatory. If she went down, that is as low as she went, I think, and everyone who comes down there, gets up. Those who come down lower don't, except briefly on Judgement Day.

jeudi 24 mars 2016

Was Proto-Indo-European a Historic Language, like ... Hittite, Imperial Language relevant for Greece and Linear A Crete?

This would of course do away with the unfortunate chronological implications of putting Proto-Indo-European back in 4000 BC (pre-Flood, if not pre-Creation : and the pre-Flood language surviving to post-Flood pre-Babel was presumably Hebrew, though Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich would perhaps have favoured Proto-Indo-European).

Now, why is it important that Hittite is not just an Imperial language relevant for Greek (one famous and early attested Indo-European language), but also for Crete with its pre-Greek language spelled in linear A syllabary?

Because, it seems that linear A is (at least according to one recent analysis) an example of a language representing the second oldest non-Hittite Indo-European language or language group : Vedic Sanskrit or rather perhaps Aryan (Indo-Persian) as a whole. Like if Mount Ida was really "Mount Indra" - from times when the Pagan deity "Zeus" (whether he lived as a man or not) was simply a thundergod, like Hindoo "Indra".

So, if Hittite was indeed imperial language relevant for both Greece and Crete (it is certain Troy was part of Hittite Empire, and Wilusha/Tarwusha seem to be Hittite for Ilion and Troy ... it is not totally unlikely that Lykian spoken around Troy has some connection to Germanic, at least they share "a common sound shift"), this could in a time before Greeks and proto-Aryans (in this view Kaphthorim before Madan, and Aryan as in Indo-Persian) had as yet any linguistic patriotism have led to Iavan and Kaphthorim taking over many of the language traits of the Nesili speakers.

Now, if this were so, one could expect common innovations in non-Hittite Indo-European languages. Any trait of Hittite (as in Nesili) differring from other Indo-European languages would then not mean that Hittite innovated, but that all the rest innovated.

And that is what you could expect from another hypothesis too. Namely the Indo-Hittite Hypothesis.

See this little work of some handy 143 pages (no, not very much text, just lots of diagram taking most of the place on the page, so it is like a blackboard written over - legibly - 143 times):

The Indo-Hittite hypothesis: methods and arguments
Alwin Kloekhorst

= short link = (three cee one)

If you have a FB account and any kind of position which you can in any way describe as academic, you can get an account on and from then on access this eminent little paper.

I will congratulate Alwin Kloekhorst as soon as I can first finish this essay and then link to it in a comment.

Hans Georg Lundahl
Nanterre University Library
Maundy Thursday

The Heavens don't have a voice, Lita?

1) Creation vs. Evolution: The Heavens don't have a voice, Lita? · 2) Great Bishop of Geneva!: Third item of Lita's series on Psalms

Here is a nearly very good article* by Lita Cosner, but I will highlight a somewhat problematic passage:

Even though the heavens do not have a voice, their witness to the glory of their Creator could not be clearer. The sun by day and the moon and stars by night are unmistakable evidence of God’s design of the universe. In fact, the psalmist can command creation itself to praise God:

Praise Yahweh!
Praise Yahweh from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him all his hosts

As we saw previously, the psalmists can exhort even the angels to praise Yahweh.

Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens

The sun, moon, and stars were frequent objects of idolatrous worship, but the psalmist places them in their proper context as creations which glorify God. The detail of “waters above the heavens” is clearly taken from Day 2 of creation.

Wait a second ... what if we take out a piece of text:

the psalmists can exhort even the angels to praise Yahweh.

Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens

Sounds better. If each star and planet and other celestial body, sun, moon, comets and so on, has its angel, the exhortation makes very good sense. These angels do, in a sense, "have a voice".

And harmony "of the spheres" may of course contribute to their orchestra.

Now, some Bible study outside this psalm ...

Job 38: [6] Upon what are its bases grounded? or who laid the corner stone thereof, [7] When the morning stars praised me together, and all the sons of God made a joyful melody?

Note that the speaker is not Elihud or some fallible man, but God. It is a very early on question in what Kent Hovind calls "the creation quiz" of God to Job.

We here see earth created while angels - including those called morning stars because they do carry stars - were praising God. They were not yet holding their celestial bodies like luminaries for us, but they were already having a kind of voice with which to praise God.

Prophecy Of Baruch, Chapter 3: [33] He that sendeth forth light, and it goeth: and hath called it, and it obeyeth him with trembling. [34] And the stars have given light in their watches, and rejoiced: [35] They were called, and they said: Here we are: and with cheerfulness they have shined forth to him that made them.

If physical light were all there were to lightbeams ... sorry, actually "it obeyeth him with trembling" may refer to light as a wave phenomenon ... then, at least: if physical rocks, liquid gas masses or fire were all there was to all luminaries, they would not be able to say "here we are" or to rejoice. Their shining would not be in any real sense cheerful.

So, each luminary created on day four has with it a guiding spirit, controlling its position in space and perhaps also its luminosity, who was created already "in the beginning", four days earlier.

I am well aware that Lita, alas, does not consider Baruch a canonic book. But she cannot be unaware that (as with Maccabees) it was a book read by lots of Hellenistic Jews in the time of Jesus. That its doctrine therefore was very likely to be present either to Christ (as Pharisaic tithes on thyme**) or to Apostles after Pentecost (like quarrels between Pharisees and Sadducees in the carreer of St Paul).

This means that if the position were clearly illicit, Christ or His Apostles would have rejected it.

And furthermore, on the Protestant view of Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), which I do not share but Lita does, alas, share, that rejection would have needed to be expressed in preserved Scripture.

Plus, the position is involved in Job as well as in Judges, here:

Judges 5:20
War from heaven was made against them, the stars remaining in their order and courses fought against Sisara.

Makes no sense at all on modern view of nature of stars, but perfect sense on one of two alternative older views, or both together:

  • astrological influences (like Venus causing that soldier of Sisara to think of sex when he should have been thinking of battle, like Mars causing another one to feel irritation against one neighbouring one, like Saturn making a lot of them afraid, like Sun heating up them, like Moon giving them too much moisture in their sweat ... you just ask that fellow Oxford Don*** who wrote Planet Narnia about more detail, since he is certain to interpret passage like that;
  • or angels using the stars like a kind of battleships (but with what projectiles, unless the physical aspects of astrology have some truth?).

Of course, a modernist scholar could state that Debbora and Barac son of Abinoem were in error about what happened, but this will not work if Debbora was a real prophetess and if prophets enjoy verbal inspiration, since the Holy Ghost, we also believe in, Who hath spoken through the prophets.

I'd say that if heavens have any kind of armament, they also have voices.

Hans Georg Lundahl
Nanterre University Library
Maundy Thursday

* Praising the Creator in the Psalms
by Lita Cosner
Published: 24 March 2016

** Excuse pun, but the Lenten fast is kind of a tithe on time! 365:10=36/37 days, make it forty for good measure (this relation was actually stated by St Augustine, within less than 2 centuries from 313 or 325 when the Church started Lenten fasting, having before only fasted on Wednesdays and Fridays, as per Didaché).

*** Can a lady like Lita be called a "Don"? Anyway, the other (?) Don is called, as a little google told me, Michael Ward.

lundi 14 mars 2016

Reading this on iPad?

I was just looking at the site through a tool called YouResponsive - Free Responsive Tool for Your Website.


  • Bad:
    • iPhone portrait (320x568) Bad: horizontal scroll
    • iPhone landscape (568x320) Bad: horizontal scroll
    • Android portrait (240x320) Bad: horizontal scroll
    • Android landscape (320x240) Bad: horizontal scroll
    • Android Nexus portrait (384x600) Bad: horizontal scroll
    • Android Nexus landscape (600x384) Bad: horizontal scroll

  • Good :
    • iPad portrait (768x1024)
    • iPad landscape (1024x768)

For best reading experience, use PC, iPad portrait (768x1024), iPad landscape (1024x768) OR try to get parts of it in book form.

The book form of your favourite essays doesn't exist? Yet? You are free to print and even sell, contributions to author are voluntary:

hglwrites : A little note on further use conditions

For this blog (but some post series go across blog limits) the first comment linking to

Antimodernism : Copyright issues on blogposts with shared copyright

is not very important, but for some blogs (and some series on this blog cross over into those blogs) it is essential.

You don't know how to print a book, and have no press? Well, here are a few instructions:

Recipes from Home and Abroad : Printing Books / Imprimer des Livres

And though contributions to author are voluntary, do consider and not just forget them, please!

MSN Group Antimodernism in memoriam : clarifications à propos donativo (Eng/fr)

Hans Georg Lundahl
Nanterre University Library
Monday after V:th Lord's Day in Lent