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St. John Chrysostom on the Jews: Creating an Anti-Jewish Group Strategy
By Kevin MacDonald
Feb 6, 2015 - 9:58:45 AM

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St. John Chrysostom on the Jews: Creating an Anti-Jewish Group Strategy

Kevin MacDonald

Body of St. John Chrysostom (Chapel of the Choir – Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

Body of St. John Chrysostom (Chapel of the Choir – Basilica of St. Peter – Vatican City)

A correspondent just notified me of a blog post from 2010 on St. John Chrysostom by Roger Pearse, a scholar of Christianity in the ancient world (“Some remarks about John Chrysostom’s homilies against the Jews“). Pearse quotes from a 1935 summary of Chrysostom’s writings whose author, A. L. Williams, notes that Chrysostom was motivated by the fact that many Christians were

frequenting Jewish synagogues,  were attracted to the synagogal Fasts and Feasts, sometimes by the claims to superior sanctity made by the followers of the earlier religion, so that an oath taken in a synagogue was more binding than in a church,  and and sometimes by the offer of charms and amulets in which Jews of the lower class dealt freely.

Williams concluded:

We gather from these Homilies that the Jews were a great social, and even a great religious, power in Antioch.

Exactly. As discussed in Chapter 3 of Separation and Its Discontents, the phenomenon of Judaizing Christians in the ancient world is a marker of Jewish power at the time. For example, the rather limited anti-Jewish actions of the government during the 150 years following the Edict of Toleration of 313, which included many attempts to ban the common practice of Jews enslaving non-Jews, are interpreted by historian Bernard S. Bachrach “as attempts to protect Christians from a vigorous, powerful, and often aggressive Jewish gens.”  Jews as a powerful group were looked up to and emulated by many non-Jews, just as today we see the same phenomenon, not only Bush-yarmulkaamong many Evangelical Christians, but also Hollywood celebrities who dabble in kabbalah and pretty much the entire non-Jewish political class which we see making pilgrimages to Israel and proudly wearing yarmulkes and displaying menorahs during photo-ops.

This is also relevant to the Jewish IQ debate, where Greg Cochran and Henry Harpending have developed a theory of Ashkenazi uniqueness that implies no particular intellectual distinction for Jews in the ancient world. On the contrary, after the failed rebellions of the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, Jews became very powerful throughout the Roman Empire and certainly by the 4th century when Chrysostom wrote.

Chryostom was not only concerned about non-Jews who were trying to curry the favor of the powerful Jewish community, he also had a very negative view of Jews in general:

[The Synagogue] is not merely a lodging place for robbers and cheats but also for demons. This is true not only of the synagogues but also of the souls of the Jews. (I.IV.2)

Shall I tell you of their plundering, their covetousness, their abandonment of the poor, their thefts, their cheating in trade? (I.VII.1) (St. John Chrysostom,Adversus Judaeos)

Such sentiments were common among the other Church Fathers of the period. Indeed, in the words of one scholar,  “a significant percentage of all Christian writings during the period are essentially adversos Judeaos” (here, p. 103).

Pearse comments that what was really going on was ethnic warfare between religiously defined ingroups and outgroups:

As with so much else in the later Roman Empire, Christianity had become a badge of a community, rather than the means of salvation.  Chrysostom was merely defending the “turf” of the group who had elected him their bishop.

This again is the thesis of Chapter 3 of Separation and Its Discontents.

Jews were to be conceptualized not as harmless practitioners of exotic, entertaining religious practices, or as magicians, fortune tellers, or healers, but as the very embodiment of evil. The entire thrust of the legislation that emerged during this period was to erect walls of separation between Jews and gentiles, to solidify the gentile group, and to make all gentiles aware of who the “enemy” was. Whereas these walls had been established and maintained previously only by Jews, in this new period of intergroup conflict the gentiles were raising walls between themselves and Jews. And while Jews may have been happy to attract the sympathy of elite gentiles by encouraging Judaizing, Judaizing would be anathema to anti-Jewish leaders, who would insist that the walls between groups be high and that each person belong to only one group. During this period of group conflict, there could be no half-way commitment to either group. As Chrysostom himself said, “ ‘Fortify one another.’ If a catechumen is sick with this disease, let him be kept outside the church doors. If the sick one be a believer and already initiated, let him be driven from the holy table. . . . The wounds that have festered and cannot be cured, those which are feeding on the rest of the body, need cauterization with a point of steel” (Adversus Judaeos II.III.6). The battle between groups must commence. In the long run, the consequences of this Christian group strategy would be a general lowering of the economic and reproductive prospects of the Jewish community.

Christians have to come to grips with the fact that the Catholic Church originated in the ancient world as a group strategy to combat the power of the Jews (short version here). Obviously, it hasn’t always functioned in that manner, particularly since Vatican II. But that’s how it started, and much of this anti-Jewish ideology in which Jews were a dangerous and feared outgroup and that a major function of the Church was to protect Christians from Jews continued into the 20th century as official Church doctrine (see previous link).

39 Comments to "St. John Chrysostom on the Jews: Creating an Anti-Jewish Group Strategy"

  1. Kyra+Marat's Gravatar Kyra+Marat
    February 6, 2015 - 12:03 am | Permalink

    Another thing: the relics of St John Chrysostom have been returned to Constantinople with apologies by the Roman Catholics for having stolen them in the first place when the Latins sacked Constantinople. This mistake by the good professor indicates the confusion or lack of knowledge about the difference between Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism.

  2. Kyra+Marat's Gravatar Kyra+Marat
    February 5, 2015 - 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Any writing about St John Chrysostom must make the distinction that he was not a Roman Catholic. Roman Catholicism became defined as such after the schism between the East and West in the early 1000’s.

    Roman Catholicism basically retired St John as they did most of the early saints of the Orthodox Faith. They keep them around and trot them out on feast days with a wave of the hand. They don’t like him particularly, and they don’t understand him even more. He if from a different Church and cannot be considered that of the Western European Catholic Tradition. They surely abandoned his Liturgy which is the crowning jewel of Orthodoxy to this day.

  3. Rose's Gravatar Rose
    February 5, 2015 - 3:51 pm | Permalink

    @European+Light “I think that everybody should be educated in the matters of the Catholic church, because the living core of Christianity and the great Western Tradition is Catholicism…cannot spare basic education.”- A good idea, but this education has to be taught with evolution/i.q./race differences, that the Catholic/Orthodox/Protestant faiths do not work for blacks and Asians. This way once someone is past 18 and doesn’t want to practice the faith, at least they will be race realists, but with a culturally RCC/Christian background they can preserve. I had a classical Roman Catholic Church (RCC) education from grammar school to Jesuit university. I too find the music, the Bible important in my life, but I cannot extend this beauty to non-whites and they bring nothing to Christianity. If they want to be Christian, let them form their own churches, with their own priests and popes. The problem with the RCC is “universalism.” “Universal church,” “universal brotherhood” are oxymorons and causing the degeneracy and decay of the Western European/Caucasian world. This cannot be taught in RCC schools. SSPX kept the truth about the Jews being under a Deicidal curse and the covenant ending with the destruction of the temple, but they ordain and evangelize among non-whites, particularly Africa. Also, the RCC must start preaching that Islam is a Christian heresy. But nincompope Francis says we cannot criticize other religions. He will not call a heresy a heresy!!! And, the college of cardinals is about 48% non-white. A black or Asian pope is coming. What will you do then?

  4. February 5, 2015 - 3:25 pm | Permalink

    I am not Catholic. I am Christian.
    I found St. John Chrysostom last year when I was looking for something else. I read over a thousand pages of his writings and found him to be relevant in today’s world.
    If you are interested, you might want to look at what he said in more depth.

    It interests me that people writing thousands of years ago are often more relevant to our times than most of our current writers. The truth always stands the test of time.

  5. David's Gravatar David
    February 4, 2015 - 6:39 pm | Permalink

    @Israel, thanks, I will consider it. David, that is if David is his real name, does have a last name. However, David seems to have a knack for making enemies. David’s mother seems not to have liked David very much and he apparently has an uncanny ability to replicate that mode of maternal bonding with everyone he meets, even with people he has never met. So for now, David must remain anonymous. Thanks again, though, for the pep talk. It helps.

  6. European+Light's Gravatar European+Light
    February 4, 2015 - 4:46 pm | Permalink

    I would like to say a couple of things.

    I am very much a man of science, a great skeptic, but i find religion greatly important in my life, as well as other people do.

    I would also like to say, that the Roman Catholic Religion (alongside with Orthodoxy) is what is the nearest to the ancient traditions of the church.

    I think that everybody should be educated in the matters of the Catholich church, because the living core of Christianity and the great Western Tradition is Catholicism. Then, after you are past 18, you can be an agnostic, an atheist, whatever you want to be. But you cannot spare basic education.

    Of course post-WW2 Catholicism departed from advocating the Divine Truth, especially the Divine Truth regarding the jews. There are still some holdouts, among them SSPX and others.

    What I want to say here is that I would like to thank Dr. MacDonald this article.

    If one embraces the Caholic faith wholehartedly in his early years, no matter where he ends up later, being agnostic or atheist, the faith will go with himt wherever he goes.

    Thank you, Dr. MacdDonald.

    Keep up the good fight, Sir.

  7. James+Reinfeld's Gravatar James+Reinfeld
    February 4, 2015 - 6:02 am | Permalink
  8. Anonandon's Gravatar Anonandon
    February 4, 2015 - 12:24 am | Permalink


    I appreciate your comment because it is succinct and clear and increased my understanding greatly. I am the first to admit that my thoughts come from observation and not from reading.

    For instance, I discovered Danny Glover by roaming TV comment sections to see if anyone else was surprised that Bruce Forsyth had not been replaced. Indeed they were and then I found a comment by Danny Glover to the effect that Bruce is a national icon (I don’t agree) and that he could stay as long as he wanted. But I could never have written a scholarly explanation as Kevin did.

    So thanks for helping me understand what I only perceive the effects of.

    (PS don’t forget the third n otherwise I might look like a dinosaur). :)

  9. David's Gravatar David
    February 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm | Permalink

    Really, it is as simple as this: evangelizing the Jews is a critical mission of the Church. It does not matter what the rate of success is. The successes are valuable enough, whatever the number. The failures serve to clarify the conflict.

  10. David's Gravatar David
    February 3, 2015 - 8:07 pm | Permalink

    Dear Pierre, mari and Israel: Thanks. Dear Pierre & Mari: yes, paragraphs coming up (a little sharp there, mari, no? No matter). I suppose blogging through the tiny window on the cell phone has shaped my formatting–apparently for the worse.

  11. Egjmer's Gravatar Egjmer
    February 3, 2015 - 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Your lack of european culture is such a shame that I won’t loose my time in readings your insults anymore.
    For it sickens my heart to see the semitic cross in Berlin.

  12. anon's Gravatar anon
    February 3, 2015 - 10:12 am | Permalink

    The idea that the Jews could still be the “chosen people” after having KILLED the Son of God just blows my mind.

    Chosen for what though? In a way you might expect the people with the most particularist in-group mentality to eventually generate the antithesis.

  13. anon's Gravatar anon
    February 3, 2015 - 10:02 am | Permalink

    I think it should be clear by comparing Mormons and Amish to other Euro-descended groups that traditional cultural Christianity as practiced in the 1950s US was a beneficial group strategy.

    Jews could gather at their synagogue and help each other out. Christians could gather at their church and help each other out. Undermining that social networking aspect of Christianity was successful group competition, intentional or not.

  14. Director's Gravatar Director
    February 3, 2015 - 9:02 am | Permalink


    I don’t want to get into an esoteric theological dispute here. Although you are tempting one out of people.

    One can look at the material culture of the Meditteranean and see that the stuff Christians made is a fairly close imitation and synthesis of Egyptian, Roman, Greek and even Celtic forms.

    The archeology can’t lie. It’s just there.

    Jews have little to no material culture. Even if Christians were dupes they were making images and playing with forms in a way that no Jew does. This material culture goes on into the 20th century intact. There it meets television and loses.

  15. Anonandon's Gravatar Anonandon
    February 3, 2015 - 4:51 am | Permalink

    “Ethnic purity or solidarity is to be the the sole domain of Jews”

    Over at Unz review someone posted a list of jewish film stars. Many jewish filmstars today are not discernable as jewish and their surnames are increasingly scottish, irish, etc. Is that the end-game, when the only white people left are european-look-alike jewish with european surnames. Sounds fantastical but it seems to be happening not least because so many europeans now have a jewish ancestor and tend to support open-door immigration.

    Reading the article about the proposed memorial to rival the tower of london, I even started to wonder if Israel is preparing an exit strategy.

    I don’t mind people having different religions or different ethnicities. I’m not a white nationalist by any means but when I watch TV programmes, especially current affairs, and most of the white people are jewish I tend to think it’s a bit unfair because the european viewpoint is not the same.

  16. February 3, 2015 - 1:33 am | Permalink

    I liked David’s comment – so sincere and deep! Can he give his last name, so I can follow his writing?

  17. Fourstar's Gravatar Fourstar
    February 3, 2015 - 12:58 am | Permalink

    “Christians have to come to grips with the fact that the Catholic Church originated in the ancient world as a group strategy to combat the power of the Jews”

    This is Pope-level apologetical hogwash that plays to the worst of the “Synagogue of Satan” and “Your Father The Devil” types who don’t know anything about anything, much less Biblical scholarship.

    Anyway, I guess our current Gentile Neoconservatives like Lindsey Graham and Sarah Palin are interested in combating Jewish power, too? That’s how baldly moronic the argument is. They’re tools and fools, just like our ancestors who were fools two thousand years ago.

    Always and forever: Christianity is the end-product of Jewish BS for goyim; Jewish supremacist fantasies that got transmogrified into poisonous Utopian flim-flam (like everything else KMD studies) when they saw the goyim looking; some of our ancestors got flim-flammed and tailored the nonsense they were conned into loving more to their tastes. But something deep inside them– a feeling that they had been Jewed gnawed at them. Add that feeling to the multiple Jewish uprisings of the first and early second centuries and you get the anti-Jewish sentiment of the New Testament, the rest being history.

    Lastly: If one isn’t a member of the Synagogue of Satan, what Synagogue is it?

  18. Fourstar's Gravatar Fourstar
    February 3, 2015 - 12:12 am | Permalink

    “Judaising Christians” is a Pauline fiction. There was no lapse back into Judaism. Christianity was Jewish Messianism from the start and became more Greek likely at the hands of Hellenized Jews interested in making it appear more Western, in the mode of Philo– or in the mode of any circumspect comissar peddling his wares, or that of a NYT reporter reminding us how Israel’s and America’s interests are the same.
    It spawned gentile followers, dupes who continued the tradition of mendacity and would finally end up telling us Jesus was a blinde-haired blue-eyed hater of Jews.

    Christian antisemitism is based largely in the resentment of an ancient deception that it cannot fathom, and when faced with this fact it shows its ugly, obstinant, arrogant Jewish face. Its exact parallels in blowback are Stalin’s Russia and the anti-Israel sentiment of our far-Left.

    As for Jesus: if you’ve convinced yourself he was as an Aryan ubermensch, you’ve let Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Yosef into your heart, and I don’t know what can be done for you. It sure as hell won’t lead to any movement that frees us all from Jewish influence. But I guess it might make Vatican City happy.

  19. mari's Gravatar mari
    February 2, 2015 - 9:50 pm | Permalink

    I gave up on your comment after the first 30 lines or so. Have you not heard of paragraphs? Where did you go to school?

  20. February 2, 2015 - 9:02 pm | Permalink

    As with so much else in the later Roman Empire, Christianity had become a badge of a community, rather than the means of salvation. Chrysostom was merely defending the “turf” of the group who had elected him their bishop.

    This doesn’t quite do justice to the strong theological emphasis of all ancient Christian adversos Judeaos literature. The fathers of the Church always saw salvation as the key point, and the Jews were wolves to their flocks because they denied the Gospel. While secular anti-Semites can appreciate a few passages from the adversos Judaeos literature, these works tend mostly to contain lengthy explanations of complex theological points.

  21. Ted's Gravatar Ted
    February 2, 2015 - 1:25 pm | Permalink

    It would be more correct to write that Judaism (of the post-exilic, rabbinic sort) is a group strategy to combat the Catholic Church and its adherents (which in those days, meant just about everyone in the Empire, Roman or Byzantine).

  22. DH's Gravatar DH
    February 2, 2015 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    “Better entering a whorehouse than a Synagogue”
    St. John Chrysostom

  23. Hadrian's Gravatar Hadrian
    February 2, 2015 - 12:11 pm | Permalink

    “Christians have to come to grips with the fact that the Catholic Church originated in the ancient world as a group strategy to combat the power of the Jews”

    Job well done.

  24. tadzio308's Gravatar tadzio308
    February 2, 2015 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    “Whereas these walls had been established and maintained previously only by Jews, in this new period of intergroup conflict the gentiles were raising walls between themselves and Jews”. A most pregnant observation by Dr. MacDonald.

    That is exactly what is happening today in the project of White Genocide. Ethnic purity or solidarity is to be the the sole domain of Jews; all others are to be tossed into the blender of multiculturalism and and their genetic souls pureed. Jews are allowed walls, but no others are allowed walls. is the message touted endlessly in media and schools.

    White Christians are especially targeted, run down, and denied sanctuaries for the preservation of their genes. This Jewish program is eternal and predates Christ. It is mankind’s oldest, continuing persecution. Jewish Racist hatred of the Other has over time become their unique genetic marker. It defines Jewry.

  25. Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
    February 2, 2015 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Follow-up to David:

    You might be interested in learning that my closest friend’s son, whom I have known since the week of his birth, has been an SSPX priest for almost three years now.

  26. Pierre de Craon's Gravatar Pierre de Craon
    February 2, 2015 - 8:03 am | Permalink

    Sincere thanks to Athanasius and David for their valuable comments.

    I don’t think they will object if I interpret one of the many implications of their comments as being something near to full agreement with this article’s last paragraph, so far at least as the advent of Christianity played out on the temporal plane. It was not, I think, Professor MacDonald’s intent to claim that being a “group strategy to combat the power of the Jews” is and was the full extent and sole meaning of Christianity for man (whatever his ethnic origins) and for his mortal and eternal destiny. Even if perchance it was what he meant, on the basis it sets forth and reserving the right to stand apart from its limitation to the temporal plane, I for one am glad to join hands with other white advocates who see Jews and Jewish goals, tactics, and intrigues as their millennially mortal enemies. To paraphrase something David wrote while using Athanasius’s term, when it comes to proselytization—which is merely the spiritual dimension’s equivalent of what science calls “free inquiry” and what free-marketers call “free trade”—let’s take one step at a time.
    One other point relevant to this sentence of David’s:

    Look, there is an obvious reason I do not have a well-paying job writing ad copy.

    If there is any commodity in shorter supply on the Internet than self-deprecation, I’m damned if I know what it could be. Every instance of it is precious, especially when, as here, it by no means does the commenter justice.

    So writing within the spirit in which David wrote that sentence, I hope he won’t object to my offering a one-word suggestion: Paragraphing!

  27. Director's Gravatar Director
    February 2, 2015 - 1:51 am | Permalink

    Ted Barnes!

    Good point. It’s not as if orchestrating his execution and suppressing his subsequent cult was an embrace of his message. Rather it looks like a solid rejection and repudiation.

  28. Ted Barnes's Gravatar Ted Barnes
    February 1, 2015 - 7:40 pm | Permalink

    The NT is actually full of parables regarding the danger of the Jews. Christ spent half the NT ranting against them, which is why Christian Zionists are easily the dumbest people on earth.
    The idea that the Jews could still be the “chosen people” after having KILLED the Son of God just blows my mind. There is a special place in hell reserved for John Hagee.

  29. David's Gravatar David
    February 1, 2015 - 7:33 pm | Permalink

    An interesting article for me personally. I have attended one of the SSPX chapels for six years (viz., one of the “Traditionalist” branches). The diocesan parishes run by the modernist bishops and devotees of Vatican II (viz., the so-called “Novus Ordo” branch of the Church) are madhouses of Social-Justice White (SJW) guilt, immigration advocacy, Alinskyan machinations, feminist propagandizing and underground homosexual activism. The SSPX option helps me remain sane in an increasingly bizarre world that is flying apart. Fortunately, where there is great disorder, there is great opportunity for regrowth. Do I like everything about my experience in association with SSPX? Not really. First, I am an evolutionary biologist and frequently their lay, cultural machine spews up rabid nonsense about the topic. It is extremely ironic since anti-evolutionary militancy is a well-dirtied teddy bear that they share with fundamentalist protestants–to whom they could not be more theologically opposed. The psychological explanation is too easy to require explanation, and explicitly so. Second, I also find the SSPX culture to be a tad bit prissy for me, and some of the priests seem to have a peculiar style of Marianism that I happen to find unpalatably effete and unnecessary towards achieving the Marian hyperdulia required of a Catholic. (And it is required for good reasons that cannot be gone into here.) Third, and not so surprisingly, but incidentally–these folks never really took to me even before they knew me. So community cannot be one’s goal–though it works out splendidly for most chapel goers–at least those who stay. (Look, there is an obvious reason I do not have a well-paying job writing ad copy.) Now, here comes the endorsement part. First, I already alluded to the fact that one needs a stable reference as all other references become shifting. It is absolutely necessary for mental health. But this is merely the naturalistic explanation–albeit a critical one. There is a more important spiritual dimension to this that builds upon, but does not exclude or replace, the naturalistic reality of why one needs this kind of space, if you will, in one’s life. The supernatural need not–indeed should not–be thought of in the silly and childish terms of Casper the Ghost or the stuff of teenage-scare movies. You figure it out in adult, non-mocking terms if any of you decide to try this for the first time, or for the first time again. Second, the intellectual life of the Traditionalist should not be defined by odd or quaintly pietistic, low-grade rags, books, blogs and publications, but rather by the great intellectual works of the saints and scholars. As a scientist, I have never found good scientific thinking to be at cross purposes with the best of the Church’s corpus of philosophical and theological works. Indeed, I find the two to be complementary in a larger philosophical inquiry. I do not strain over silly puzzles or disputes. Presently imponderable mysteries–although intriguing but are not yet available for explanation–should never be a cause for despair, but rather an invitation to humble patience. Sometimes, the patience is even rewarded. Third, regarding the evolutionary stuff being identified as a major cause of all the world’s ideological problems, I have found the SSPX priests to be much more rational and open-minded than the some fanatical, self-styled, lay “defenders of the faith.” There are inevitably heretic hunters in a lay crowd like this. Enjoy them. Ignore the ripples in lay conversational society and go about your business of being faithful if you join one of these groups, whether it’s SSPX or another. Smile. Re-interpret through your own psychological and historical filters what individual laymen and priests are saying–all with their own peculiarities and idiosyncrasies and simply let charity be your guide–then ask if there are any donuts and more coffee left. That’s my rule. I am there first for the Sacraments and second for the coffee & donuts. I’ve learned never to expect community and take it only when available–and it frequently is not. Most of best friends are not even Catholic. Fourth, although I think that I still have not found the re-creation of medieval, masculine Catholic Heaven on earth, these SSPX schools and the parents do a seemingly excellent job in making boys of a masculine sort–no small feat in this turbulent time. I cannot let my desires for an aesthetic to my taste be the enemy of the good–and that is assuming that my conception of the perfect is better than theirs: a big assumption. I am at least glad that something is working in the right direction. Fifth, I came of age in the seventies. My reproductive life was, from one perspective, stolen from me. Okay, this was my lot in life. Many heroic soldiers in armed battles lose their whole lives: I can endure this if it is for The Good Cause. I want to do what I can to make sure that future generations of young men and women do not suffer the same violations that feminism, economism and an assortment of other ills and devils wrought on my generation in robbing us of our fecundity. This was no accident of history. The elites knew about population genetics and knew the lessons from wildlife biology and animal husbandry. They knew how to disrupt European biology and the generational life of the Christian society. Young folks need stable marriages and family life and a society that supports them in this. Sixth, everyone needs the sacraments in the natural and–more importantly–the spiritual effects that are provided. Sacramental confession, in a healthy Church–and the necessity of it being healthy is why we are talking about this here–is crucial for good psychological function of the person and of the society. Laymen need it. The clergy need it no less. Nothing compares. As a neuroscientist and ethologist (behaviorist) who came to the study of virtue theory late in life, my obvious regret is that I did not start sooner. It is trite, but virtue theory is a good operator’s manual for the brain and human populations. Seventh, to mention only one more of the seven Sacraments, Communion is the central mystery. I can honestly say that mystery of the transubstantiation is a source of never-ending contemplative delight, but again, this is merely the natural byproduct of a spiritual reality. I came late to reading quantum mechanics. There is a reason why the Austrian-born, Jewish quantum physicist John von Neumann, Einstein’s frequently opposing and formidable interlocutor, could convert to Catholicism by the end of his life. It was said of Neumann that he was like another species. I like to think that such a mind had to have had contemplative insights perhaps not unlike those of St. Thomas saying Mass or the mystics in their prayers. But this is the stuff available to anyone “assisting” at Mass from the pews. The spiritual and natural rewards expand to fill the space that a given soul creates to welcome them–whether consoled or in suffering. That’s probably enough for now. I do not give unqualified endorsements, but I do not trust unqualified endorsements. My experiences may have no bearing on yours. The particularities of my experiences and my surroundings may be just that–particularities. Most of all, I want people to be able to take stock before they build, this helps to prevent humiliation and disillusionment. Ramzpaul recently did an edgy video that I enjoyed and shared with many grateful recipients. He titled it, as I recall, “I am Charlie…Martel.” Though he was a bit too footloose for me in the degree of partial assent that he recommended is available, I thought that he at least got something correct: sometimes one has to unify and the road to that cooperativity means putting aside the trivial objections. At least, table the objections. Essentially speaking, only the licensed theologians are really at risk of being excommunicated for formal heresies. Take as much time as one needs to sincerely assimilate the dogma while you generously engage the life. As to SSPX itself, I suspect that SSPX will be a nucleating agent in rebuilding European culture. If there is time for that to be fulfilled, one can expect a richer or more diversified panoply of different orders with different charisms and styles. But this is what is available to us now at this time in history–your time in history. P.S. I do rather miss Bishop Williamson. I was just getting to like hearing what he had to say. I hope all that gets patched up. It would be best for everybody.

  30. Director's Gravatar Director
    February 1, 2015 - 7:17 pm | Permalink


    Read the Gospel. It’s pretty clear that Jesus is very very alienated from the customs of the people he encounters in Jerusalem and Judea in general. A Greek or Roman reading the short and terse Mark would have got the hint.

    St Paul didn’t invent Christianity and he most certainly didn’t create Catholicism.

  31. Director's Gravatar Director
    February 1, 2015 - 7:13 pm | Permalink

    If we can take the History of Muhammad in Medina at face value then it’s quite clear that the second and third generation of Muslims were descended from the Jewish Concubines and Wives the Arabs seized at Medina. As many as 600 females formed the core of the first breeding set of the male Muslims who numbered no more than 500 at the start.

  32. Athanasius's Gravatar Athanasius
    February 1, 2015 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    Modern Jews claim that they don’t proselytize–but that is not true, they have engaged in both direct proselytization as well as promoting judaizing movements within Christianity and to a lesser extent, Islam.

    Famously, Jews directly proselytized among the Khazars–but there is strong evidence they have also converted people in Ethiopia (possibly in concert with a judaizing movement amongst Christians), sub-Saharan Africa, India, and China. This is most likely the origin of the “Lost Tribes” in these places.

    In addition to converting a small number of natives directly to Judaism (which incidentally is in line with the strategy they are currently pursuing in China through intermarriage), Jews have consistently tried to insinuate themselves into the religious life of Christendom through the promotion of judaizing sects. John Chrysostom (and many other Church Fathers) preached against these sects in the patristic age. But this tendency didn’t end in the 4th century. For one thing, I wonder to what, if any, extent Arianism, with its emphasis on non-divitinity of Christ was promoted by Jews among the Visigoths (and necessitated the Council of Toledo). Many Byzantine sources note a suspicion that Jews were behind the Iconoclasts. Iconoclasm was strongest in eastern parts of the Byzantine Empire where many Jewish Christians maintained their Jewish ethnic identity into the 10th century (places like Tarsus and Amasya).

    Judaizing movements plagues the Russian Orthodox Church from the 14th c. until the 18th c. The Sect of Skhariya the Jew was opposed by St. Joseph Volotsky, but the problem didn’t end in the 15th. c. The Subbotniks repeatedly kept popping put and disrupting social coherence. In fact, some modern Israelis are descended from Subbotniks rather than from Jews.

    I think it is interesting that not long after the development of sabbatarian movements in Russia, groups such as the Seventh Day Adventists and the Jehovah’s Witnesses (who have often been a legal proxy for Jews in the development of legal precent in the USA) arose among Protestants. Of course, around this time, dispensationalist theology was created… and many modern dispensationalists like Hagee have come full-circle and deny the divinity of Christ (while laying claim go authentic Protestantism).

    With respect to Islam, many contemporary Greeks considered it to be a judaizing heresy itself, though clearly Islam is so closely associated with Arab (a group evolutionary strategy for Arabs? modern Muslims downplay the very strong ethnic component of the religion) group interests that it was only indirectly beneficial to Jews. Jews certainly were able to collude with Muslims to despoil Christians in Christian countries that the Muslims had conquered, but to directly gain power among the Muslims, they needed additional strategies. Of course, Jewish women bored sons to Caliphs and Sultans, but Jews also pursued judaizing strategies among the Muslims–though this was more a way to facilitate crypts than to cause direct social disruption as in Christian countries. The Donmeh among the Turks are the most famous example of this strategy.

  33. Adam Bell's Gravatar Adam Bell
    February 1, 2015 - 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Christians have to come to grips with the fact that the Catholic Church originated in the ancient world as a group strategy to combat the power of the “Jews (short version here). Obviously, it hasn’t always functioned in that manner, particularly since Vatican II. But that’s how it started, and much of this anti-Jewish ideology in which Jews were a dangerous and feared outgroup and that a major function of the Church was to protect Christians from Jews continued into the 20th century as official Church doctrine (see previous link).”

    On the other hand, the Catholic Church has done nothing in terms of preserving Europe’s genetic interests.Any Black or Amerind Catholic is perfectly free to marry a European Catholic…..

    The enemy within, so to speak.

  34. Adam Bell's Gravatar Adam Bell
    February 1, 2015 - 3:56 pm | Permalink

    How does the ethnically Jewish Paul (“Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews”) square with this? He was, after all, the fellow who basically created Christianity.And, of course, he was the one who imbued it with a universal ethos:”There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28-29)

    “Exactly. As discussed in Chapter 3 of Separation and Its Discontents, the phenomenon of Judaizing Christians in the ancient world is a marker of Jewish power at the time.”

    Or maybe it’s a sign that, given the nature of Christianity (OT plus NT), Judaizing is a constant temptation?

  35. buckle's Gravatar buckle
    February 1, 2015 - 11:33 am | Permalink

    Perhaps the American funded evangelical projects in the South and Central Americas are peraps worthy of closer examination in terms of a strategy to neutralise the Catholic Church on behalf of their client.

    1965 was a significant year for the Catholic Church as Paul VI effectively demilitarised the Church by selling off the crown with which he had been crowned in 1963. It is perhaps an irony that it should end up in Washington where the neocons would run amok and lead America into a permanent state of war.

    The point about the “crown” is that it was in fact a capsule shaped helmet (of deplorable design) which had been fashioned in a metal works in Milan the new Pope’s former diocese. The helmet symbolised the “Church Militant” and the 1965 sell-off itself was symbolic as in the Church would use reason to engage the modern World rather than employ the robust approach associated with St. John Chrysostom and many others beside. The faith and reason project was still going strong under B16 and some might recall the hoo-ha over his “Regensburg address” in 2006. The lecture I interpreted as a critique of the neocon wars in the Middle East but the NYT and BBC claimed it was the opposite and demanded an apology on behalf of Muslims. A situation which was beyond parody.

  36. Director's Gravatar Director
    February 1, 2015 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    One does have to wonder what Bush is thinking about as he approaches the Temple Wall in Jerusalem.

    He’s not a stupid man contrary to stereotype. High IQ apparently. I’m wondering if he’s got the image of Christ whipping the money changers in his head. Only, is he supportive of Christ? Or supportive of the money changers?

    For me the Temple is only significant in that it deserved destruction. I’d have been a happy Legionaire doing man’s work.

  37. Director's Gravatar Director
    February 1, 2015 - 10:35 am | Permalink

    The gospel does serve as a warning to Gentiles. Jews are correct in their sense of the threat posed to the scams and nation wrecking by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These are in many ways clear warnings about the practices and habits of the Tribe. Many Greeks and Romans would have instantly understood the underlying message.

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