Dance to the Line — According To Hoyt

“Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.” H. L. Mencken, Prejudices (First Series)

Standing By

The last command before the order to jump is always "Stand By."

Propaganda: Don’t Acknowledge Any Argument

Once again, Joe Moore’s Yard Sale has just what was needed this afternoon.

Yard Sale of the Mind

I think it was Goebbels who said: Lie big, and stick to it. Never answer, or even acknowledge, any criticism. Soon, your lie will become accepted wisdom, and any questioning of it will be seen as insane, evil, or both.

We’re there. The successes of this strategy are not merely numerous and ubiquitous, but form the basis of modern culture. For example:

Marriage is optional. Divorce is morally neutral, if not a positive good. Nothing bad happens when families are built on less than a handshake and destroyed on less than a whim. The vey idea that it is a great evil for a child to be deprived of a mother and father and a home is terrible bigotry.

Homosexuality is a positive good, at least as good as heterosexual relationships. The very idea that there is any reason besides base bigotry and fear (‘homophobia’) that virtually every culture throughout…

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Pre-Modern Ironsmithing (Again)

This is the second post of the Ironsmithing set from the Unmitigated Pedantry blog: it's a week late because the original blogger split Pt. 4 into two sections. So without further ado, here are parts III, IVa, and IVb. https://acoup.blog/2020/10/02/collections-iron-how-did-they-make-it-part-iii-hammer-time/ https://acoup.blog/2020/10/09/collections-iron-how-did-they-make-it-part-iva-steel-yourself/ https://acoup.blog/2020/10/16/collections-iron-how-did-they-make-it-part-ivb-work-hardening-or-hardly-working/

Pre-Modern Ironsmithing.

I've been following A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry recently, and the blogger's running a four-week series on pre-modern blacksmithing: this is gold for my current WIP, as the VC is part of a "primitive" or what we'd think of as a "stone-age" tribe threatened by an "early iron-age" empire (pseudo-Roman, with more bronze and a… Continue reading Pre-Modern Ironsmithing.

We Desperately Need Evangelistic Preaching

A timely word from the men of Vanguard Presbytery.

Virtues, Virility, and Ministry — Calvinist Ruminant

"In the classical world, there were four recognized virtues: Wisdom, Courage, Temperance, and Justice." Because there's more to Manhood than the Manosphere.

The Strongest Feminine Character I Know — Frank Luke – Writer

One often hears the statement these days that science fiction needs more strong female characters. When pressed for examples, those pushing for these new characters are almost without exception meaning without saying it “women who act like men.” Why do these people hate women so? Yes, put strong women in your writing, but make these […]The… Continue reading The Strongest Feminine Character I Know — Frank Luke – Writer

When the Bible’s Own Commands Are Unbiblical.

An answer to Ben Witherington's Why Arguments Against Women in Ministry Aren’t Biblical, on Patheos.com. Mr. Witherington's essay, dated from 2015, resurfaced recently in the wake of the "embarrassing" scandal of John MacArthur's remarks about Beth Moore. I'm no fan of MacArthur, nor of Moore, but the remarks MacArthur made, heard here in original context,… Continue reading When the Bible’s Own Commands Are Unbiblical.

The Alpha Dad and the Beta Dad: A Punishing Tale

Worth reading, even if ADHD interferes: I find myself too frequently playing the Beta rather than the Alpha, but longing to shoulder that mantle better, and more strongly, every time I am confronted by my failings there.

Still thinking about catechesis and spiritual growth — The Pocket Scroll

Information is not enough.

The seriousness of becoming a Christian in the ancient church — The Pocket Scroll

I am the sort of person who is attracted to high ideals, although I am far too spiritually lazy to live up to most of them. Hence my ongoing appetite for monks and friars, for ascetics and mystics, for academic standards of publishing. I am always struck by the seriousness of becoming a Christian in the… Continue reading The seriousness of becoming a Christian in the ancient church — The Pocket Scroll

Received vs. Reconstructed

Beyond the Alpha-Beta-Gammas, Part 1: Dalrock and the Aristotelian Mean

In which the manosphere and GQ are both wrong.

On Sacrificing Children to Educational Abstractions

There are two heathen altars in American cities on which ordinary citizens sacrifice their children on a regular basis, and it's unclear which has done the most evil, overall.  I'll let others decide which is Molech and which, Chemosh, but the first, most obvious idolatry takes the form of Planned Parenthood's so-called "clinics" and other… Continue reading On Sacrificing Children to Educational Abstractions