The Evil of What Seems

Hamlet. Ay, madam, it is common.

Queen. If it be,
Why seems it so particular with thee?

Hamlet. Seems, madam! Nay, it is; I know not “seems.”
‘Tis not alone my inky cloak, good mother,
Nor customary suits of solemn black,
Nor windy suspiration of forced breath,
No, nor the fruitful river in the eye,
Nor the dejected havior of the visage,
Together with all forms, moods, shows of grief,
That can denote me truly. These indeed seem,
For they are actions that a man might play.
But I have that within which passeth show,
These but the trappings and the suits of woe.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by William Shakespeare

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. –Romans 8: 24-26


The liberals have invoked their holy ghost and declared Vice Presidet Pence unfit to lead the fight against the coronavirus because he is a Christian and therefore unscientific. Christians usually respond to such attacks by attempting to prove to the liberals that ape-to-man evolution is unscientific. “We,” the creationists claim, “believe in true science.” I do not believe in the absurd ape-to-man theory of the liberals, but I also disagree with the Christians who defend God’s word by attempting to prove that His word is compatible with science. It’s a question of emphasis: If we spend all our time and effort defending God’s word against the onslaughts of liberals who call Christians unscientific for believing in God’s word, haven’t we given too much credence to science by trying to prove, with concrete, material evidence that which cannot be proved with concrete material evidence? The spirit goes where it lists; it cannot be put in a science laboratory and dissected.

St. Thomas highly exaggerated the compatibility of reason and faith, and as a consequence he gave the atheists, the Voltaires and the Rousseaus, the philosophic ammunition to destroy the Christian Europeans’ heartfelt faith in Christ as true God and true man. When Aquinas’s five proofs of the existence of God were shown to be unreasonable, the Christians who equated reason with faith lost their faith. The scientific trap is similar to the rationalist trap. Even if you prove Darwinism wrong on scientific grounds, you are still left with the hard fact that Christ’s resurrection from the dead cannot be proved by science. If we allow ourselves to be drawn into the scientific debate, we will be betrayed in deepest consequence when the liberals play their trump card: “Your faith is unscientific – you cannot prove that the dead shall rise again.” And if we cannot prove His resurrection by reference to science, are we then going to renounce our faith in the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost for the liberals’ faith in the abstract intellect of man, the sacred negro, and science? Yes, the European people have shifted to the new faith, because science, the liberals’ holy ghost, has replaced the comforter that our Lord gave us when He left this earth. If we don’t seek the Comforter in our hearts, He cannot aid us in our struggles against the principalities and powers of this world, which seek to do us harm. And the principalities and powers of this world have done the European people harm; aided by the holy ghost of science, they have torn asunder the European people’s faith in the Christ who enters human hearts. “If God’s existence cannot be verified by science, He cannot be God,” is the credo of the ruling liberal elites in the Western world.

The unholy trinity of abstract reason, the sacred negro, and science, is a uniquely European religion. How could it be otherwise since the Europeans’ faith, prior to their acceptance of the unholy trinity, was a belief in the holy trinity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost? In order to destroy the Holy Trinity it was first necessary to turn Our Father Who Art in heaven into abstract reason. The medieval scholastics and the Protestant scholastics who followed in their train were the great proponents of a theoretical God who could only be known through the illuminated minds of the men of the new Sanhedrin. Then, the great natural philosophers, such as Rousseau and Voltaire, discovered, through the power of their abstract reason, the noble savage who was is and always shall be the second person of the liberals’ trinity. And finally it was necessary, if the abstracted intellects of the illuminated men and the sacred negro were going to long endure as gods, that the Holy Ghost of Science should appear on the scene to help sustain the first and second parts of the unholy trinity. The devil cannot create anything, but he can ape the good in order to perpetuate evil. His kingdom of hell on earth has replaced Christendom, because he has managed to replace the Holy Trinity with his unholy trinity. “God in three persons, blessed Trinity,” has become, “Evil in three entities, the archangel Satan.”

There are those who attack the second person of the holy trinity, the noble black savage, but their attacks are not effective because they do not attack reason, abstracted from the heart of God, nor do they attack science. Many times in my life I’ve had illnesses that ended when I broke out in a fever that purged the illness. Even though I was physically weaker than before, I felt something close to euphoria when the illness had left my body. The European people are, at present, spiritually sick. If they ever manage to purge their souls of the unholy trinity, they will feel what it is like to have been dead and restored to life. They will be weak at first from the tremendous effort they made to throw off their sickness-unto-death, but they will proceed, guarding their new-found faith carefully because they do not want to relapse, to become what they were meant to be, the Christ-bearers, the people who saw a great light and bore witness to the truth of that great light to the whole world.

No man is an island. The unholy trinity was purged from my soul many years ago, but I can’t help but grieve over the white grazers (never the liberals – they know what they do), who remain in thralldom to the unholy trinity. What is it about the devil’s trinity that keeps the white grazers in line? The first striking contrast between the Christian trinity and the devil’s trinity is that the devil’s new faith is something that can be seen. Reason, abstracted from the poetic of the human heart, can be used to place wisdom in a silver rod and love in a golden bowl. The sacred negro can also be seen and worshipped right here on earth; he is not an unseen God whose adherents claimed He rose from the dead. And science? The liberals’ holy ghost is all around us. We see the wonders of science in everything we do. How could anyone be so irreverent, so stupid, so base as to blaspheme against science?

The second contrast between the Christian faith and the devil’s triune faith has to do with deep, human intimacy and impersonal superficiality. Christ offered individual men and women, who called on Him by name, a heart-to-heart intimacy. What was lacking in the impersonal unknown god of the philosophers, the savage gods of ecstasy such as Cybele, and the impersonal god of nature in the science lab was to be found in the antique European’s incorporate union with the Man of Sorrows. The modern Europeans broke that union to live in union with the devil, because they did not want intimacy with a God who could not guarantee them happiness in this world only. Can the devil? That is his promise, but can that “juggling fiend” be believed? No, he cannot. And even if he could deliver the material goods, would a man, a man imbued with that “charity of honor,” accept the devil’s bargain? OF course he wouldn’t, but the modern Europeans have embraced the devil in the hope that he can give them, through the unholy trinity, what the triune God of the antique Europeans cannot give them.

If we worship what can be seen and what is superficial and inhuman we will become… we have already become such people, we have become laboratory specimens who have broken all ties to our kith and kin because such ties could lead us out of the science lab to passions and affections that give us intimations of a world beyond the grave presided over by a personal God whose love cannot be seen in the science lab.

In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the evil genius Claudius is worried about one man. That one man is, of course, Hamlet. Claudius cannot remain king if men feel deeply about the King who has just been buried. Hamlet, the man who “knows not seems,” is determined to delve beyond what “seems” to the heart of existence. Claudius and he must clash. We, the European people, must clash with the liberals in the name of the antique Europeans, our spiritual progenitors who formed genuine human relationships with their kith and kin and the God-Man. “Seems, madam! Nay it is; I know not ‘seems.’”

That should be our response to the unholy trinity of the liberals. The devil has destroyed the Europeans’ heart-to-heart connection to the Savior by giving us science, which seems to be the real tangible holy ghost, the sacred negro, who seems to be the real natural savior that can be seen, and the real father, abstract reason, who seems to be in the tomes of philosophy and theology. We must not accept what seems. Like Hamlet, we must delve below the surface of life and claim our birthright: “It is I, Hamlet the Dane.” Our defiant response to the unholy trinity should be like unto Hamlet’s response: “In the name of what we have seen with the eyes of the heart, the Holy Trinity of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost, we defy what seems – the unholy trinity of the devil.”

I have in my family library a six volume set of storybooks that were my mother’s when she was a little girl in the 1920s. And I also have in my family library a sixteen volume set of storybooks that my parents bought for me and my siblings when we were growing up in the 1950s. In my mother’s set of books from the 1920s, I estimate that about 85% of the stories and poems are stories celebrating our Christian European heritage, stories that lead us to Him by depicting the little way to God, how we proceed from the particular, the hearth fire and the village, to the larger world in general, instead of the cosmic way, in which the great philosophers and theologians start with a cosmic generality and never quite get around to particular human beings. In the sixteen volume set from the 1950s, I estimate that the kith-and-kin stories make up about 65% of the stories while ‘edifying’ liberal stories make up the other 35% of the stories.

Now, there are no European storybooks. The liberals still, however, have their stories. They are generally published over the internet as cautionary tales. They warn children about the dangers of racism and sexism to be found in that bad world, which Robert Louis Stevenson called his “dear, dear land of storybooks.” Let us be absolutely clear about what is at stake in the battle of the storybooks. Robert Louis Stevenson’s world of storybooks is a world where the Holy Trinity is ever present. The liberals’ land of cautionary tales is the kingdom of the unholy trinity. Let me take one ‘cosmic’ story from the 1920s storybook in order to illustrate the liberals’ universalism, a universalism that has no room for one particular people, the European people, and one particular God, our Lord and Savior. The story, written by Israel Zangwill, is called “The Melting Pot, A Story of True Americans.” Included in the same volume are stories by Hans Christian Anderson, Edmund Spenser, and Walter Scott — liberal universalism, back then, was still sharing the stage with Christian particularism. In “The Melting Pot,” a “true story,” Zangwill tells us how he left Russia, a land of prejudice ruled by a terrible Tsar, to come to the land of light where there was no prejudice and no “religious bigotry.” Zangwill’s American dream of a great melting pot has come to fruition throughout the countries of Europe. And what is this brave new world, this melting pot? It is a land that has no room for the white, European Christian. It is a land governed by the unholy Trinity. Is this what diversity comes down to, a kingdom of eternal night? Then I will cling to my God, my people and my prejudices, all through the night.+

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