Saturday, January 30, 2016

Election Fatigue Continued

At this point it seems to me that there are three eternal candidates for the position of Emperor of the US.  Thankfully they aren't leading armies, nor do I think they would be able to correctly identify an army - or at least their own army - so we will leave that aside as something that needn't be worried about.  What I really want to do is to consider the character of the candidates as I see it so far and try to see to what degree they fit with the temper of the electorate.

1. Hillary.  I don't understand why she hasn't given up yet, but she certainly has her supporters.  At a restaurant a few days ago a young man was heard praising her as the best candidate to his son because of her vast "experience".  Certainly I can agree that she has plenty of experience.  But then again, so does an old tigress who stumbles into an unguarded flock of sheep.  El Chapo would be a serious candidate for the "experience" category, as would Ghengis Khan.  My impression so far is that Hillary has gone through life never doing anything in an honest and legal manner if dishonest and illegal option that accomplished the same end were available.  After all, doing things honestly and legally is boring.  The adrenaline rush comes with pushing the limits of illegality, while success in dishonesty puffs up the ego like nothing else.  Thus, for much of America she is truly the ultimate candidate:  We know the system is out to get us and we must do everything possible to get what we want.  This includes the older angry feminist lobby, but somehow it seems to includes a broader part of America, as the young man's praise for Hillary testifies.

2. Bernie.  There is a large portion of America that deem themselves to be "progressives", which is to say that they want to move forward to something like the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution, or maybe the Paris Commune.  They fully approve of all the policies of the government in Venezuela, but disavow all of the consequences.  Given that the large majority of the filthy rich are Democrats who are regular guests at the White House, they suspect that the perennial attacks on the rich by the Obama/Hillary sorts are, um, not fully sincere. Then along came Bernie with a purer message of revenge against the "rich", who was not at the same time clearly tainted by the rich.  For the gullible progressives, this is a message so attractive that its time has clearly come.  Even though Bernie is almost a fossil, his supporters tend to be younger sorts who have not yet understood that to be successful in raging against the rich, you must engage in pay-to-play with the rich.

3. Trump.  I doubt that anyone understands Trump, including his mother.  But we can make a few observations.  It has been said that Trump has embraced every possible political and non-political opinion, together with their negations, if you look long enough through time.  This guarantees that he will offend Leftists, RINOs, conservatives, atheists, agnostics, and religious fanatics.  Since Leftists always scream the loudest, this has certainly perked up my ears.  Can it really be that there is a candidate out there who dares to offend Leftists?  But then Trump's "tough leader" mentality comes in and he dishes out the rhetoric in return at anyone who picks a fight with him.  It is certainly effective if no one can fight back.  At this point I suspect there are a number of corrupt lawyers and judges who are salivating at the prospect of bringing him under control.  What seems to me to be the important feature in linking Trump to the voters is Syncretistic Fundamentalism.  This is the belief that not only can we embrace mutually opposite opinions, but we must loudly do this and take it to an extreme.  Yes, America is Free Market, and a curse on anyone who says otherwise.  But we are also Socialist and Communist with the same degree of certainty.  We are passionate about being the most free people who have ever lived.  Yet we have more laws than the rest of the world combined and the list is growing exponentially, which is proof of our greatness as well.  Obama may have remarked about "False Choices", but Trump has taken the ideology of "no false choices" to an entirely new level.

So my conclusion is that Trump is really the right leader for America, because Syncretistic Fundamentalism is an all pervasive ideology in contemporary America, embraced by the left, the right, the middle, the conservatives, the liberals, the living and the dead.  Hillary and Bernie may do well to a degree, but they will always be niche candidates.  To lead America as America collectively wants to be led, we need Trump.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Germany's Kampf with Mein Kampf

The article motivating this is from Der Spiegel, which discusses the recent re-publication in German of Mein Kampf after a 61 year gap.  In some sense the suppression was pointless, since English versions have been available for a time and Germans know English better than Americans do.  Plenty of other versions are available online, both in English and German.

The specific German re-publication supposedly has a large number of notes offering corrections with the idea that this will inoculate the reader from the text.  I tend to see this as something like our leftist "fact checkers", who try to correct campaign rhetoric as if it were intended to be a scientific argument, and in the process completely ignore,misunderstand or misrepresent the nature and substance of the argument.  The same "fact checkers" will then go into reverse fact checking mode when their favorite leftist rhetorician is challenged by defending every abuse.

Since I read Mein Kampf recently, my impression is that it is as much about condemning a worthless political-intellectual class as attacking Jews and Slavs.  The Jews are gone now and German women aren't producing enough children to need to seek Lebensraum in Slav territory, but that leaves the worthless political-intellectual class as the only enemy of the people still standing.  Perhaps they should be nervous.

The Der Spiegel article, as with American intellectuals, still declares that Hitler was "right-wing", as if right wing were about the state intruding into everything and hijacking religion for political purposes.  It is this continuing state of deliberate misrepresentation and denial that most needs to be highlighted.  Economically, the West is all fascist now, and using religion as a vehicle for politics is the only reason that the worthless politicians and intellectuals tolerate religion's continued existence, while they are in complete denial regarding the fact that religions aren't alike.  This sort of chaotic stream of consciousness has caused them to bribe a large quantity of those who worship the god of terrorism to migrate to Germany, which is already bearing its inevitable fruit.  Hopefully Mein Kampf will help Germans to look at themselves in Der Spiegel.  Maybe it will remind them that there really is a God who thoughtfully gave them a brain, and they do have a right to use it for good purposes.  That isn't what Mein Kampf teaches, but if they want to understand Hitler, they will need to turn their brains back on.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Anglican Woes

This references an article on the recent spasms in the Anglican cult as the "conservative" portions try to decide what to do about the American branch.  The immediate conflict is the American's conversion to the GLBT religion, which requires a complete rejection of everything the Bible teaches about sexual morality.  By the time they reach this stage, post-Christian theologians have invariably rejected and negated the Bible's teaching on everything, so that it would be more appropriate to call them "anti-Christian" and an "anti-Church".  One result of this is the rapid drop in attendance as they have lost 2.7% of their members in the year from 2013 to 2014.  This is one of those inevitable consequences of the inversion of the Christian theology, since those who desire to live a morally pure life and to be forgiven for their sins will find it necessary to seek God for help, while those who desire to live a morally decadent life and to be forgiven for their good deeds will soon find that they can achieve their goals without any assistance from God.

What does puzzle me is the forbearance of the "conservative" portion with this abomination.  If they were conservative, they would likely have ejected the American branch long ago, but somehow they just can't seem to let go.  Part of me says that the conservatives aren't really conservative, but perhaps merely traditionalists who don't know why their tradition is the way it is and can't defend it, but don't want it to change.  A side conclusion is that I am not so worried about the decline of Christianity in the US that is reported in the media recently, since both Christianity and anti-Christianity are included in the statistics on Christianity, and it is the anti-Christian portion of so-called Christianity that is apostatizing at the high rate.  But the anti-Christians who apostatize from anti-Christianity always claim that they are apostatizing from Christianity, rather than apostatizing from anti-Christianity, which makes the apostatization rather confusing.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Local Pool Heater Breakdown

The pool is an outdoor one where a few hundred people swim laps each day throughout the year.  The result is that the pool has closed and the swimmers must either skip their swims or find a differently swimming hole.

Sadly, none of them have sought to join me at the lake.  This year the weather was very cold in December, so that the lake temperature went down to its coldest by the New Year.  I have been swimming twice a week, since things are busy, which has been quite delightful.  Hopefully I can increase this to three times.  It is just me and a few coots.  Temperatures have gotten a bit warmer over the last week with the rain showers coming through, so we are likely a degree or two warmer into the mid-40's now.  Thankfully I haven't gotten sick so far this season, since a cold stopped me from swimming for a month starting in early January last year.  My goal is to have this be the first year I can swim regularly in the lake for the entire winter.

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Gun Control Theater

When the party of abortion starts howling about guns, we can generally expect new world records to be set for hypocrisy.  The one angle I want to highlight is the correlation between gun crime and democrats.  For example, we can pick the list of the top gun crime locations in the US.  Number one is East Saint Louis, which is one of those cities where Republicans sneak in incognito and try not to stay too long, like the 19th century Englishmen who tried to sneak there way into Mecca.  Number twenty seven on the list is my neighboring city of Oakland, CA.  According to Dr. Wiki, this city consists of 68.8% registered Democrats and 5.9% Republicans.  Scanning the list, they are either well known Democrat strongholds or else I can't find the information easily.  I wish there was better tracking on such things, but my gut feel is that gun crime is almost exclusively a Democrat thing.

Saturday, January 02, 2016

2016 Moral Dilemma of the Year: How to react if a driver is stopped due to taking a selfie at an intersection?

I have seen this twice now, so would like some help considering the options.

1. Honk the horn.  The problem with this is that it will be taken as encouragement by the one taking the selfie.  If it wasn't a good picture, then why would they honk?

2. Ram his car with yours to express your displeasure.  This has obvious problems.

3. Go stand in front of his car and do your daily Tai Chi practice.

Other possibilities?

Monday, December 28, 2015

What to do if your co-worker self-identifies as a cow?

In order to avoid the wrath of the New York Commission on Human Rights, you should not insult him/her/it by attempting to communicate in anything other than "moos".  Cows are known to urinate and defecate where ever it is convenient, so if they happen to do this in your personal area, you must take any no notice.  Cow Identity is a serious self-image issue, and we cannot tolerate unlawful discrimination.  The commission can impose civil penalties up to $125,00 for violations, and up to $250,000 for violations that are the result of willful, wanton, or malicious conduct.  See the above link for additional penalties.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas!

These pictures should be familiar to all Mac users now.



Saturday, December 19, 2015

Bajirao + Mastani

Resistance to The Force is futile, so I ended up at the theater anyway.  My wife wanted a distraction and wasn't wanting to be seen in a Star Wars movie, so we ended up in a very large auditorium as the only alien species present.  In fact this was the only time we can remember in 36 years of being together when we were both aliens at the same time.  The theater was entirely filled with Indians.  Fortunately we arrived 40 minutes early, because it sold out completely and we would not have gotten a decent seat otherwise.

Thus, we found ourselves watching a Hindi movie with English subtitles, Bajirao Mastani.  The Indians are taking over Fremont, California, and as the saying goes, "If you can't beat them, join them".

My sense is that the setting and story line were concocted for the more important aspects of the visual effects along with the singing and dancing.  The purported setting being the rise of a Hindu empire that was gradually reducing the Moguls.  The theme of the movie seems to be something like "love conquers religion", although there are some, um, minor snags along the way.  Like the first wife.  And the fact that a military general needs to spend almost all of his time in the field, rather than dallying around with his wives.  Then we need to explain how it is that the general, being married to an actual Miss Universe, becomes exclusively enamored with another woman.  But I am not Indian, so I won't pursue this line too far.  The ending seemed a bit Shakespearean to me.

What I wonder the most about this is the handling of polygamy vs monogamy.  The surface message is that monogamy is the only things acceptable, but some religions promote polygamy.  There is another part of the movies message that it is somehow cruel to suppress the true love that can only be realized in polygamy.  I tend to view love more as an issue of responsible commitment, so there is no question of polygamy.  But then again, I am not Indian.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Social Justice Empire Strikes Back?

I am still struggling to understand the hoopla around the latest warming over of the Star Wars brand.  Discussions at work have morphed into critiques of the quality of the films, and in what order a wannabe star wars noob might see the earlier films.  Then there is the other extreme of heated political commentary.  My advice is this:  Watch the films when you are too young to know the difference between good and bad, enjoy them, then get over it.

"When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.  When I became a man, I gave up childish ways." - 1 Corinthians 13:11

But then again, I am not Paul and am known to periodically return to childhood temporarily.  Or maybe for extended periods.  The important thing is to not try to mix adult thinking into childlike fantasies, and vice versa.  Bipolar distinctions must be maintained.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

El Niño Watch

Marijuana growers are rejoicing.



Monday, December 14, 2015

The Best Solution I Have Heard So Far

Although I would have appealed to God in the name of Jesus Christ rather than the Virgin Mary.  That is the difference between Christians and Catholics.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Happiness is completing a semester of Greek

The course was one on Greek syntax, which was irritating on the one hand but profitable on the other.  The challenge is figuring out what words go with each other as you sort out all the clauses and sub-clauses and sub-sub-clauses in a sentence that runs on for a paragraph.  The word order of Greek is much looser than English, but the extra cases together with three forms of gender and greater distinction of singular/plural, together with more distinctive verb conjugations provide a lot of clues as to the ordering of things.

The third semester of Greek disappeared from the online course schedule, which has me a bit annoyed.  But not too much.  I will take a semester break.

Sunday, December 06, 2015

POTUS Speech on Terrorism: The denial will continue until the problem is solved

That is my interpretation of what I heard.  What we are in denial about is that the war is entirely about religion and ideology.  All the bombs and bullets that the US has together with NATO and Russia will not nearly be enough for us to prevail.  The reason is that the West is in the midst of a ideological civil war with the Leftists relentlessly trying to destroy Christian civilization, while Muhammedism is unified in its goal of reducing the world to slavery to Islam.  Since Leftist ideology only exists as a reaction to Christianity, it has no defenses against Islam, and in fact, it will always see Islam as a preferred ally in the principle war, which is the war against Christianity.  But the more the Left wins, the more young people will be tempted to choose Jihadism over the social chaos that always comes as a result of Leftist policies.

As always, I believe God is in control and that He will turn everything upside down in the end, so will continue to maintain my cheery demeanor:

"Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 
'Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.'
He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
Then he will speak to them in his wrath, and terrify them in his fury, saying,
'As for em, I have set my King on Zion, my holy hill.' ... " - Psalm 2:1-6

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Happiness is a big, red, juicy, slab of meat

I always knew that carnivores were happier than herbivores.  Now we have proof.

Monday, November 30, 2015

How to keep your cool in a world gone mad

We have had an early cold snap so that the lake temperature has fallen much more quickly this year than last.  This morning was a nice frosty one with a few people using scrapers on their cars and one student I saw walking to school fell on some ice.  When the mile swim was done, my coolness wasn't just some external show like most hypocrites do.  No, it was truly a cool that reached down into my core and took hold of my soul.  Winter swimming is the way to go for those who want a quality cool rather than some imitation.

During the last few swims there was a mob from #BlackCootLivesMatter.  This is a rather proud group known for walking on water, as can be seen here.  They generally stay close by me while I swim and note all of my micro-aggressions.  The other major players in the lake are the #BlackCormorantsWantToBeLeftAlone group.  Anyway, the cold seems to have dissuaded them from being in the lake just before dawn, so I no longer have the companionship that I was enjoying earlier, even if it was from groups that exclude me.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

вот украина, не россия

A friend of mine introduced me to Duolingo.com, which is a free foreign language study program.  It would have been nice to have had this a few years back.  Unfortunately the languages I want to study, such as Greek, Hebrew or Ugaritic, aren't in the system.  Russian is in the system and the Cyrillic alphabet is one that I have wanted to learn for a while, so ...

I must say of all the systems I have struggled with for learning languages, this is the most efficient.  Like Pimsleur, the language is thrown at you with no explanation, but this can easily be found now on the internet. The bigger headache with Russian is dealing with the Cyrillic keyboard.  With the Duolingo system, you must type back Russian words from memory, which is quite a challenge.  My hope is to persist for a time to see if I can develop some ability to make sense at least of the pronunciation of Russian text.

My main gripe about Duolingo is that the interface seems directed at about a 3rd grade level.  I would prefer something a little more, well, it is hard to describe.  Perhaps a heads-up display with cross hairs?  As for the type of phrases, I would prefer something more trendy, such as

"Boris, did you enter the coordinates into the missile targeting system?"
"Will Dimitri talk?"
"Yes, Dimitri will talk.  That is why we gave him the wrong information."
"They get virgins, but we get vodka."

Monday, November 16, 2015

Flat Earth Revolutions

I should put in a link to this discussion with a young theology student, Ben, who wants to defend the idea that there really was a flat earth belief in the ancient world and that it wasn't just part of the same frenzy of academic malpractice kicked off by Washington Irving's hoax.  His basic method depends on interpretations of pieces of mythology that I had previously read, but had not seemed to me to be even discussing the shape of the earth, thus, I had not listed them in my collection of works discussing the flat earth.  I will thus direct someone who might follow my list of quotes to consider Ben's list, but I will not myself list them since none of his examples associate a shape to the earth, nor can we ascertain that anyone actually believed them to be discussing the shape of the earth, nor given that assumption do we know if they had other sources of opinion, thus, at best the arguments require many leaps of faith.

My main observation here is that modernists are infinitely resourceful in claiming that the Bible doesn't mean what it plainly seems to indicate by the language, while the mythological genre, being vastly less certain of meaning than the Bible, is to the contrary something for which modernists have no problem establishing certain meaning where I would not have even tried.

Our agreement is to stick to our original positions.  Ben to the belief that flat earthism was nearly universal due to primitive ignorance of science, so that the clear association of the flat earth belief by Aristotle to only three people, all of whom were scientific atheists, is totally unremarkable and irrelevant.  Me to the belief that anyone who spent significant time outside traveling before the invention of the street light would have considered the earth to be spherical, while only these three who boasted of scientific atheism were to be documented in all of history as being flat earthers.  Their belief system passed on to the hyper-gnostic, pseudo scientific Epicureans, where it became one of the most resilient belief systems of the classical world.  This "philosophy" was warmed over by David Hume in the 18th century, and - although not specifically believing in the flat earth - is today in total control of academia with its conceit of scientific enlightenment.  And one more irony, being that David Hume warmed over Epicureanism under the title of the polar opposite belief system, Skeptics which was a similar to the Academics.  Thus, today those who are gnostic Epicureans refer to themselves as agnostics, skeptics and academics.  It is all a complete mess.

The additional side to this is that Ben is quite respectful to academia.  I on the other hand view the brain of the brilliant academic as being the Devil's playground, just as Augustine had obsered.  What does puzzle me is how he plans to square worship of atheist academia above all with a theology degree, but that isn't my problem to worry about.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

POTUS: "... innocent civilians ..."

My initial knee jerk reaction to this phrase was something like, "Ha!  He clearly is not knowing his Christian theology, since there are none who are innocent".  It can only be that we are innocent with respect to crime A, but not that we are innocent on any absolute scale, unless you are a leftwing politician.

But then my Greek language syntax class lecture just offered up Romans 3:23 -

"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

Which in Greek is:

"πάντες γὰρ ἥμαρτον καὶ ὑστεροῦνται τῆς δόξης τοῦ θεοῦ"

The verb for sin is "ἥμαρτον", which they have kindly pointed out is in the Aorist tense:

"The aorist is used here, leaving the action in some sense undefined.  However, it is an equally true statement that: "all sin" (present-customary) and "all have sinned" (perfect-past action with continuing results). Therefore, the choice of the aorist by Paul was used to emphasize one aspect or possibly to say less (or to stress the fact of humanity's sinfulness) than the present or perfect would have done.  However, any of these three tenses could have been used to describe the human condition.  an author's portrayal is thus selective at times and simply brings out the aspect that he wants to emphasize at the time rather than giving the full-orbed reality of the event."

Clearly I must have sinned since I have 90 pages of this to go through this weekend, along with the lecture and the homework.

So where are we?  Perhaps I should stop before I make too many more mistakes.

Monday, November 09, 2015

In Racism We Trust?

Periodically I make a hopeless attempt to process the apparent explosion of racism and condemnation of racism that is going on.  Part of this is just gathering data, but I can't help doing a little preliminary processing:

1. There is the recent frantic efforts to get rid of the Confederate flag as if it meant the same thing to African Americans as the Swastika did for Jews.  As a northerner who grew up in the south, I am somewhat mystified.  It wasn't my flag, but I had not viewed it as a symbol of oppression.  What is peculiar about this exercise is that the screaming is coming from the left, who don't seem to know that the Confederate flag was the flag of the Democratic party.  Isn't that a bit like the neo-NAZIs suddenly taking offense at the Swastika?  I am all for repentance and forgiveness, but this has a certain surreal character that I can't quite grasp.

2. Then there is the resignation of the president of the University of Missouri who doesn't seem to be able to bring the little racist incidents to a stop.  Now being a Christian, I certainly believe that "all men are CREATED equal", but Christian beliefs are unconstitutional, especially in a state school, so I would be reluctant to condemn a non-Christian for violating Christian teaching with his racism.  We must also note that these days every student at the school knows that every man, women, transgendered, queer, polygendered, xenogendered, ... did not EVOLVE equal" - no matter what the vice chancellor for diversity, inclusion and equity says - so maybe someone can explain to me what the secular principle is that is being violated?  In fact the students know these things because it is mandated by the government that all children be taught these things.  OK, so there is a law against racism, which we should certainly obey, but the law is in direct conflict with the teachings of the university regarding the origin of humanity/huwomanity so it will likely have no more force than marijuana laws, which are likewise in direct conflict with other university teachings.

There are more such things I could note, but will stop here.  As I said, my Christian theology compels me to examine myself periodically for any racist tendencies, even if they are merely in my thoughts, and eliminate them.  America, however, is not a Christian nation, nor do I understand the principles that it appears and/or claims to be following.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Swimmer's Itch

It is that time again.  Swimmer's Itch is due to a parasite that lives in lakes.  It is initially in snails, but then the snail releases the parasites which float towards the surface and then latch onto waterfowl, of which loons are a member of the targeted class.  The parasite then infects the bird, which eventually release more into the water which then seek out snails to infect and the process is complete.

What I have noticed is that most of the year these little critters aren't active.  Either the water is too warm or it is too cool, so I had no problem all summer.  In the fall, however, the water temperature is dropping so the month of November is when these little guys get busy again.  Water temperature now is probably in the mid-60's.  I got myself about 20 bites the last time I went swimming.  If I apply sunscreen over much of my body, the number of bites is greatly reduced.  Thus, I will probably reduce swimming for a few weeks and add the sun screen.  Each bite will be a bit like a mosquito bite in lasting two or three days and being a bit itchy.  Thankfully my body isn't reacting to them as badly as it did a few years ago, although I have by far the strongest reaction to these bites among those who swim with me.  For now, I am looking forward to the water temperature dropping to the 50's, since they will be too busy shivering to bother with biting loons.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

University of Tennessee, Tullahoma Space Institute

I grew up in Tennessee and went to the University of Tennessee, but have never been to the Space Institute.  My impression was that this had something to do with activities outside of Earth's atmosphere, but after the visit I have a different view.  It is because there is lot's of open "Space" around the campus.  If they want to grow they really need a football stadium.  But I like it the way it is.





Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

A formal statement of The Doctrine of Errancy

"All religions have passed through human minds and human hands, and are therefore likely to abound with human errors; so that the man who believes in the infallibility of a book is but one step removed from the superstition of him who believes in the infallibility of a high-priest; he merely removes the idea of verbal inspiration from the broad daylight of the present, where its improbability would be too obvious, into the dim obscurity of the past, where difficulties become lost in the misty shadows of antiquity.  Whatever is true in religion will bear the fullest investigation and most searching criticism; it is only error that fears discussion." - Essays on The Sacred Language, Writings, and Religion of the Parsis, by Martin Haug, Late Professor of Sanskrit and Comparative Philology at the University of Munich, 1878

It is a good thing that modern science doesn't pass through "human minds and human hands"!

I believe that God has a sense of humor, and part of that is that he will condemn those who mock Him to believe their mocking.  That is, when contrary data comes in that is blindingly obvious and threatens them with extermination, they will still be unable to change course.

In this book professor Haug notes that the scriptures of the Avesta were in Old Persian, which was a dead language.  A very poor translation was made from Old Persian to Middle Persian, and then additional mediocre translations were made from Middle Persian to other modern languages, with the net result that the modern priests of the Zoroastrian religion were completely unable to comprehend their own scriptures.  Even today the Old Persian has not been very well decoded, so that text books on the language must presuppose a knowledge of the vaguely similar Sanskrit language and then rather than providing definitions for words, they provide potential cognates in Sanskrit, Middle Persian and Armenian, leaving it to the student to work out what makes the most sense.  The Doctrine of Errancy would thus be quite accurate regarding Zoroastrianism, yet completely in error for Christianity and Mohammedanism.

My reading between the lines indicates that Prof. Haug's attack is directed at Protestant Christianity.  But as I have pointed out, those who mock will cursed to believe their mockery, which is obscurely indicated in Isaiah 28, and many other places.  For example, the mock charity called the welfare state, which pays deadbeats, drug addicts and drunks along with the truly needy and does this through theft, this is now the vehicle for the army invading Europe.  But now they believe this insanity to be a moral necessity, and have completely lost view that the welfare state was merely intended to mock true Judaeo-Christian charity.  Then there will be the Saracen swinging a sword to remove the head of the enlightened intellectual, who will be completely unable to comprehend that there was nothing at all either "dim" or "obscure" regarding the behavior of their founder.  In the US, we have an enraged feral underclass having been raised with no experience of the human family, due to governmental policies, which were likewise driven by intellectuals mocking the family.

Which is all to say that God is truly in charge, and the mocking of men will not cause Him to fail in His purpose.

"Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, not sits in the seat of scoffers" - Psalm 1:1