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Oct 15, 2009


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An oblique comment on two of the books on your reading list.

The Next 100 years. How absurdly pretentious could anyone be in writing a book about the next 100 years.

Imagine if this book was published in 1909 when Europe was full of hubristic arrogance and confidence. All of which was shattered with the advent of the First World War.

Plus look at all the changes ever since. And even all the changes brought about by the micro-electronic revolutions of the past decades. The internet and cell-phones for instance have totally transformed the world.

Gods Battalions. The title is absurd.

As though the all-loving Divine Person who Shines His/Her Radiant Light equally on all beings, including the very worst human beings, would have/create "battalions" to slaughter people---or cheered on the sidelines while the slaughters were being done.

Such an idea is really an extension of the psychotic split in the authors own heart.

There may of course be some validity in the arguments he proffers re the motivations of the various key players in this awful period of prolonged carnage.

Jesus of course would have been weeping in the midst of ALL of these slaughters..

Michael W. Kruse

On the other hand, predicting events 100 years hence means no one will be around to say "I told you so" when its all wrong. :-) Actually books like these that project current trends and anticipated developments are good thought experiments that can give creative insight ... not prophecy's to live our lives by.

"God's Battalions" is how the Crusaders came to see themselves ... and that is the author's interest. He is challenging the thesis that the Muslims in Palestine were a peace-loving community besieged by blood thirsty Christians seeking colonization. That is anachronistic. There was plenty of blood thirsty violence on all sides but warped as their tactics were, they believed they were on a noble mission that had little to with colonization. I'll probably review the book next week.


John, the use of "god's battalions" in the title does not mean that the author belives these miliraty units were in fact, sanctioned by the divine in anyway. It's a provocative title is all .. . take it ease. . .

Earl Tiflrod

I once taught history at Grove City College where Ronald Reagan is held in highest regard and there are economists who belive there are Biblical roots for free market economics. In fact, a dean once instructed everyone teaching the required basic course, Humanities 101, to conclude with a lesson on "The Biblical Roots of Free Market Economics." Orders are orders, so I as the course concluded with a lecture on the American and French Revolutions, I inserted a section on "Biblical Roots of Free Market Economics" followed by a section on "Biblical Roots of Socialism." I concluded with, God is not an economist. When we get to heaven, only question we have to get right is "Do you know Jesus Christ and what think you of Him?" not "Did you know Theodore von Mises and what thought you of him?" "In fact," I told my class, "if and when I get to heaven I expect to find Democrats and Republicans, free market entrepreneurs and socialists, perhaps even a dyed in the wool communist or two." Earl Tilford

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