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witch hunting: clerical pastime

European witch hunting. How can such lunacy have possessed humanity for two centuries? How could Europe’s educated laity, those lawyers, scholars and philosophers in the age of Erasmus cave in to such monkish phantasmagoria? The confessions of the so-called witches … Continue reading

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30 years: losing the peace

The world lives in fear of the “incident”, that one event that will ignite a great conflict. The Thirty years’ War was the first great destructive conflict whose pattern was continually repeated through to WWII. In sum, it can be … Continue reading

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fish for souls: bait, hook and stinker

Graven images. Idols and idolatry. It was in part, the spiritual spark that contributed to a series of incidents that were intrinsic to an underlying conflict of the Thirty Years’ War. ¬†Calvinist fundamentalists, a form of Christian Brotherhood, stormed churches … Continue reading

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thirty years of dying

The world lives in fear of the “incident” that will ignite a conflict on a world or regional basis, but if we look back to the Thirty Years War and fast forward to today, we can conclude that men, not … Continue reading

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30 years: the wasteland

The Thirty Years’ War strengthened France, weakened Spain, broke up the Hapsburg combine, and made the Holy Roman Empire little more than a name. But its chief effect was the ruin of Germany by a generation of violence. The losses … Continue reading

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beginnings without endings

The world lives in fear of the “incident”- In Iran perhaps, or Saudi Arabia, or Egypt? —that will ignite the next great conflict; but if you look back on the Thirty Years War and take it as a template for … Continue reading

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symbiosis of a reformation

Judeo-Christian heritage, Islamo-Fascism, Religious-Zionism; all somewhat synthetic and artificial creations that have little historical basis to justify their emergence as mainstream custom and convention. The demonization of Muslims in America and Canada has been way overdone; whether it is classic … Continue reading

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just find a good tree

All’s quiet on the Leftern Front. How can the left massage the data, strain some liberal secular humanism out of the issue of attempted lynching of Sudanese refugees/illegals in the Moslem Israel village of Kfar Manda. Here, they don’t have … Continue reading

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phishing for souls

Why do wars begin? Why, indeed? Several times in history, the pattern is repeated: we see a general peace, apparently welcome to all concerned, but beneath this peace we see fear and suspicion constantly threatening it. No power wants war, … Continue reading

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fiddler on a hot church roof

Martin Luther is still creating controversy. Recently, about 800 statuettes of the 16th-century Protestant reformer popped up in the eastern German town of Wittenberg, where Luther first preached against practices of the Roman Catholic church almost five hundred years ago. … Continue reading

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