The Pure Ones: Pharisees, Cathars, Puritans, Salafis

Chaitanya Jyothi Museum Opening, 2000 RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, ORBIS NON SUFFICIT SOLUS DEUS SUFFICIT As is known, ISIL/ISIS is an element of the Salafi Jihad, which descends from Saudi Wahhabism, which descends from Asharite Islam, which overwhelmed Mutazilite Islam, at least in numbers and general…

Revealing The Institutional Rot

Chaitanya Jyothi Museum Opening, 2000 RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, ORBIS NON SUFFICIT SOLUS DEUS SUFFICIT An irony attached the lives of the pure ones is the personal and institutional rot they engender.  This rot is a phenomenological constant in the lives of pure ones from Gnostics…

Communications

RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, Anyhow, an improving day was had.  I am getting a sense of the logistics of battle in Valley conditions mid-19th Century.  You know, it occurs to me — perhaps inaccurately — that as soon as man achieves reliable…

Of Prudes, Puritans and Sanctimony

RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, ORBIS NON SUFFICIT SOLUS DEUS SUFFICIT Language common to locker rooms (of both genders), movies, stages, gyms, golf courses, gender clubs (both), private elevators, night clubs and thousands of ad hoc locales is suddenly verboten?  We’re Americans.…

Academe And Ecclesia

RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, Academe is ever trying to distinguish or even separate itself from The Church (ecclesia). This is like the brain trying to separate from the heart or the clouds from the ocean. Plato tried to go it without Delphi. Pharisees without Jesus the…

The Rev. Dr. Paul Tillich On The Motivating Power Of Law And Morality

Chaitanya Jyothi Museum Opening, 2000 RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, ORBIS NON SUFFICIT SOLUS DEUS SUFFICIT The principle of agape expresses the unconditional validity of the moral imperative, and it gives the ultimate norm for all ethical content. But it has still a third function: it is…

Corpus Christianum And Moslem Ummah

Chaitanya Jyothi Museum Opening, 2000 RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, ORBIS NON SUFFICIT SOLUS DEUS SUFFICIT Correlations exist between what are called Corpus Christianum and Moslem Ummah. What are Corpus Christianum and Moslem Ummah and what is their significance linguistically, theologically, ideologically and as phenomena of history? Corpus Christianum…

Preach The Holy

The Church has won the war to establish human values in the national and, in principle, multi-national orbits. It took about 300 years. The Church’s secular message and mission succeeded. Additionally, humanism of all varieties has hidden religious sources and agendas. Now the Church must preach the Holy, the essential, on the far side of…

Paradigm Shift For The Churches

RAMANAM In the Name of The Father, and of The Son and of The Holy Spirit, Amen. Countrymen, I am very happy the subject of an ecclesiastical, even ecclesiological, paradigm shift is being discussed in the parish. For what they are worth, I am enclosing my thoughts on the subject. The summary is that paradigm shifts are matters of proximate…