Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Cranmer’s Celebratory Pulpit V


Cranmer is delighted to reward his communicants with an open pulpit today.

The principal reason is that (to his immense surprise) his august blog of intelligent and erudite comment upon matters religio-political had well in excess of 11,000 unique visitors in July, representing almost 13,000 hits. This is a colossal increase on previous months, and His Grace is as bemused as the next archbishop.

But in the words of Adam Smith:

To a real wise man the judicious and well-weighed approbation of a single wise man, gives more heartfelt satisfaction than all the noisy applauses of ten thousand ignorant though enthusiastic admirers.
(Theory of Moral Sentiments, Book VI.III.31)

For those statistically minded (who need to get out more):

Yesterday, Cranmer had his most unique visitors ever - 493
His readership is now drawn from 134 countries
This includes one solitary reader from Afghanistan (Hiya, Osama!)
Cranmer has 1289 referrers, of which ConservativeHome is by far the most frequent
The most inexplicable Google search which led someone to Cranmer was ‘Gay Turkish sauna’ (...he must have left disappointed...)
Readers have searched under 549 keywords, of which the most frequent (after ‘the’) is ‘Cranmer’
Of these, ‘Catholic’ outnumbers ‘Protestant’ by almost 6:1

In celebration of all the above (excepting the last), and in perpetual commemoration of the spiritual liberation afforded by his own pulpit experience with the Provost of Eton, Dr Henry Cole (illustrated above), His Grace is pleased to host another Cranmer’s Pulpit for communicants to raise whatever religio-political or politico-religious concerns they do so wish…

…intelligently and eruditely, of course.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Derek Smith said...

Your Grace,

I am a regular reader of your erudite and intelligent blog, and send greetings from Singapore.

1 August 2007 at 11:31  
Anonymous oiznop said...

Congratulations, Cranmer, an impressive achievement.

Have you seen this in Article 8a of this damned 'Reform Treaty'?

3. Every citizen shall have the right to participate in the democratic life of the Union. Decisions shall be taken as openly and as closely as possible to the citizen.

Is this a joke? How is this 'union' democratic? Haven't they noticed that whenever a decision is taken 'as closely as possible to the citizen', the citizen says 'no', and is promptly ignored.

1 August 2007 at 12:05  
Blogger Ed said...

They key there surely is "as possible".

1 August 2007 at 12:31  
Anonymous oiznop said...

But 'as possible' is a direct referendum on a single issue. You can't get more 'as possible' that that! And they ignore it. Completely.

1 August 2007 at 12:39  
Blogger Nadim said...

I read this blog a lot, mainly just an observer. I've watched some excellent debates, and some of your threads are works of philosophical genius. It works because its different. You really do probe where other political blogs don't go. You comment on no-go areas which others don't reach, and that makes you, Your Grace, the Heineken of British Blogging.

1 August 2007 at 13:28  
Anonymous WannabeAnglican said...

I appreciate the invitation, Your Grace. But seeing what happened to Your Grace when you spoke your mind at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, I think I'll pass. Thank you.

1 August 2007 at 14:09  
Anonymous Voyager said...

But seeing what happened to Your Grace when you spoke your mind at the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, I think I'll pass.

Now all they do there is brass-rubbings

1 August 2007 at 16:29  
Anonymous A-Team said...

Cranmer,

If I said that the Iraq War was a 'liberal war' what would you think?

Here are two succinct points that led me to this conclusion:

1. George Bush subscribes to the "Universalist" One World idea. He believes all peoples and religions can be part of the "Universalist" America. For this reason Democracy can be brought to all. This is the true motivation for the Iraq War. Just take Bush's words at face value. No conspiracy theories about oil and Halliburton are required.

2. George Bush believes that 'moderate Islam' can be part of this transnational America against the extremist haters who have merely hijacked one of the worlds great religions.

Back in reality land, Iraq has been ruined by this Universalist Religion. Some people spuriously compare Bush to Hitler and Fascism.

The irony is: Bush wouldn't even try to democratise the Middle East if he thought that Islam wasn't compatible with the "universal" west.

More and more people are realising that the Iraq War was a Liberal war.

1 August 2007 at 18:03  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr A-team,

A liberal war? All wars are 'liberal', insofar as they are concerned with liberation, and that remains true for all warring parties.

President Bush's mistake, if it may be so termed, was to underestimate (or completely ignore) the extent to which the principles of democracy in the West developed out of the Reformation and Enlightenment. Democracy did not appear ex nihilo. Since Iraq has experienced neither reformation nor enlightement, it is hardly surprising that many natives view all talk of democracy as 'foolishness to the Greeks'. It is, indeed, an alien concept, a foreign political philosophy, and thereby largely equated with Western 'Christian' hegemony.

It is, however, fruitless poring over the motives. The West has a moral obligation to help alleviate the present suffering, and must work with Iraq's embryonic democratic government to achieve this.

1 August 2007 at 18:25  
Anonymous a-team said...

"It is, however, fruitless poring over the motives. The West has a moral obligation to help alleviate the present suffering, and must work with Iraq's embryonic democratic government to achieve this."

"It is, however, fruitless poring over the motives."

Motives can tell us why it happened and why it went wrong.

"The West has a moral obligation to help alleviate the present suffering"

Maoist slogan: Serve the People.

(As a side note why must the West serve the people? Why not Argentina? Because the West is a guilt ridden success full of parasites (Campus Liberals - for instance) who foster their vengeful morality on the west. You can read all about it in Nietzsche)

So yeah, it's a liberal war. I was going to end my last post with:

"And this war was caused by beliefs that are held ubiquitously and are treasured higher than life itself."

And not all wars are liberal, which is why I mentioned those who call Dubya "Bushitler".

Some people are unable to see the suffering caused by their beliefs, which is why they resort to conspiracy theory.

They say: "It wasn't freedom and democracy, Bush lied, it was an oil war."

Just take Bush at face value. Then you see why it has failed.

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"embryonic democratic government to achieve this"

This all stems from a perversion of Americas declaration of independence and a perversion of the Locke's ideas on government. Democracy, the consent of the governed, has become the decadent "Democratic Rights", and rights must be arbited by some universal authority - this thinking led to the Iraq War, a liberal war to forcefully deliver these rights which the individual conscienceless tyrant Saddam Hussein had denied.

But civilisation comes from within, democracy comes from within, democracy is not a regime, it is not a structure. This Structuralist view comes from... Marxism. Structuralism goes in hand with the idea that people are products of their environment which is a linchpin of Marxism. Marxism of course sought to recreate the the environment to create a new classless man, in much the same way that Bush seeks to recreate Iraq by creating the right institutions of society. The end result will be the same - failure. Man is not a red blood cell, and society is not a gigantic body, Man thinks and will only truly do something if he agrees to it.

In other words - as many have said - Democracy can't be bombed into people. But George Bush, along with an awfully big number of political commentators, bloggers, and general folk unconsciously believe that people are products of society, and forget the Christian revelation of Free Will. Without free will there is no consent, and no democracy. You could say: nobody has any human rights - but at least they are free. Additionally:

"Democracy did not appear ex nihilo."

And you would be right, thanks to the spirit, individual intellect and general splendidness of the Greeks. Democracy honours and respects the individual intellect, the soul that cannot be given to you by anyone. There is no societal structure.

"All wars are 'liberal', insofar as they are concerned with liberation, and that remains true for all warring parties."

That sounds an awful lot like saying man is necessarily good.. Not a Christian sentiment.

"Since Iraq has experienced neither reformation nor enlightement, it is hardly surprising that many natives view all talk of democracy as 'foolishness to the Greeks'. It is, indeed, an alien concept, a foreign political philosophy, and thereby largely equated with Western 'Christian' hegemony."

Which is why, irony of ironies, if George Bush thought, if people in general thought, that all peoples and religions are not basically the same, and do not all want the same thing, and do not express the same "universal" truths, that they are not all Protestant Americans at heart, there would have been no Iraq War which has caused more problems than it has solved.

I end this ragged screed with an aphorism: "Once the West thought it was better than everybody else. Now it believes that everybody is just like them."

1 August 2007 at 19:55  
Anonymous Observer said...

That was very laboured. The United States has what it likes to call Manifest Destiny - which is probably why Kipling wrote The White Man's Burden about the Spanish-American War of 1898.


The Russians think they have a Destiny because of Moscow being The Third Rome after the fall of Byzantium and this produced the evengelical mission that facilitated Tsarist expansionism and later mutated into Communist Millennialism.

The simple fact is that the USA was heading for isolationism after the end of The Cold War...they had elected an isolationist President in George Bush who as candidate could not even name the leader of Pakistan.

The fear of Isolationism led former Leftists to draw up a document The New American Century pointing out the windoe of opportunity with Russian weakness - to influence the world in the direction of democracy and hence stability and peace for the future.

If Bin Laden had not executed the plan drawn up when Clinton was President - to attack NYC and DC - Bush might well have cut back on US presence around the world and disengaged into isolationism


The USA supplies half its own oil - no European country can say that - Japan cannot - China cannot.

The simple fat is that where Europe will accommodate dictatorships those "liberals mugged by reality" who became Neo-Cons like Irving Kristol et al - felt there was a chance - the first one since 1945 - to establish new democratic platforms.

If you want to observe what happens look back 60 years to Britain leaving India after 300 years leaving the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a basket case to this day with its splinter nation Bangladesh........and then look at the success of India as a Democracy and home to more Muslims than Pakistan

The British left India in 3 pieces under two franchises - the only franchise that succeeded was India....the only British colony to be anywhere near as stable as former colonies such as Canada, Australia, USA

1 August 2007 at 20:46  
Blogger Hanson said...

Your Grace,
Well done! Fantastic numbers for an excellent blog.

2 August 2007 at 10:49  
Anonymous Steven_L said...

'Just take Bush's words at face value. No conspiracy theories about oil and Halliburton are required.' (a-team)

Bush rocks!

Taking his words at face value helps a lot, he kind of grows on you that way. One of my personal favourites was the other day when he came out with 'ideology of darkness'.

Drink a few beers, strut your arms out, pace up to your kitchen table, strike one index finger on the tabel as you say in your best Texan accent:


'... the depth of their hatred is equaled by the madness of the destruction they design.'

'States like these, and their terrorist allies, constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world.'

'... they were as wrong as they are evil. '

'helping people realize the great blessings of liberty as the alternative to an ideology of darkness that spreads its murder to achieve its objectives'

Or just for fun mix it all up a bit:

'We're gonna smoke the terrorists out, and bring freedom, and democracy to the people of the axis of evil, who have known only tyranny and oppression. The terrorists, and their sympathisers preach an ideology of darkness, that is as wrong as it is evil.'

If nothing else he winds up the liberal lefties, most of whom are sympathisers of terror.

2 August 2007 at 23:08  
Anonymous CCTV said...

If nothing else he winds up the liberal lefties,

He must have enjoyed living in Austin !

3 August 2007 at 06:39  

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