The Development of
Temples and the Freedom of Expression
The first cathedrals were built in Britain between 600
and 680 AD. With the arrival of the Normans in the conquest of 1066, came
their skills with stone. Soon the Norman cathedrals were rising across
Britain. Unlike with Blair and Thatcher, some of the changes the Normans
brought to Britain were for the better. (NORMAN !!!) The second Lincoln
Cathedral was rendered to rubble by an earthquake on 15th April 1186. But a
new one arose. It reached its peak with the completion of the great spire
in the central tower in 1311.
According to conventional dating, the Great Pyramid was
completed in 2580 BC, although I suspect the correct dating is the
alternative hypothesis of c.10,500 BC. So for the first time in at least
four millennia, the tallest building on earth was not the Great Pyramid at
495 feet, but the top of the spire of Lincoln Cathedral, now at 525 feet.
But those two buildings had much in common. Both owed a lot to God’s
inspiration. They were symbols of man’s concern for his Maker and his hope
for an existence beyond the grave. Lincoln Cathedral, on its mound, soared
above the town of Lincoln, just as did the towers and spires of Durham
Cathedral far to the north.
For two centuries that central wooden spire stood,
sheathed in lead. But to the years of increasing neglect were added the
stress of a storm in 1549 which brought the spire crashing down. ( 1549
was the year of Thomas Cranmer's first Book of Common Prayer in English) The
cathedrals were all falling into disrepair. Fewer people cared about the
reality of God. The rich especially found other outlets for their
resources. They began to build palaces for themselves. The Church of
England had come into existence only sixteen years before the great spire
fell at Lincoln. The churches were corrupt. Everyone knew that. So Henry
VIII used that excuse to plunder the monasteries and reward his cronies
with plate and lands.And they proved even more corrupt.
But the new Church, although enlivened by Tyndale’s
Bible and Cranmer’s Prayer Book, still retained too much of its past
corruption. Now the bishops, no longer celibate, cared for their sons’
needs and the dowries of their daughters with church money. One by one the
spires came down, because of neglect, some by act of God, others
demolished by the hand of man.
With the Reformation came the new thinking, the
Enlightenment. Science was making rapid headway. Soon men began to
understand much about their world and the worlds which travelled slowly
across the heavens. Galileo built on the work of Copernicus and declared
that the sun was the focus of our part of the universe, not the Earth. Our
planet was just one of six which revolved around the great star. The
Church was affronted and forced his recanting.
But the damage was done. More and more questions were
being asked which religions could not answer. Man’s scientific
observations began to contradict the Bible. Although poetically beautiful,
those opening verses of Genesis could not be literally true. And if that
was not true, how much else of the Bible could not be literally true? So
much of the Old Testament was in great doubt, scientifically speaking,
much more morally speaking. See more see
There was a crisis of faith which affected men like
Frederick Myers and Professor Henry Sidgwick. They were walking in the
Fellows’ Garden at Trinity College, Cambridge in December 1869. Looking up
at the clear stars, they could not somehow believe that it was just a
machine, that there was no Mind behind it all. Both men were interested in
Psychical Research. Perhaps in that field lay answers which might restore
faith. And they were right. For much more on this see
Fragments of an Outer Mind
It was only fifty years since the spires on the towers
on the great west face of Lincoln Cathedral had been taken down. In a way,
it was almost an admission of defeat. In 1882, with others, they founded
the Society for Psychical Research and attempted to introduce the methods
of science to the study of paranormal phenomena. William Crookes, like me
a chemical physicist, was another man notable in this field of research,
as was the physicist Oliver Lodge.
But the SPR never really made headway with the
sceptics, and most scientists are to be found numbered amongst the latter. Now the SPR
is run by sceptics. five years after the SPR was founded, the world’s tallest
building title passed for the first time to an edifice which relied on the
technology of the industrial age. The Eiffel Tower was made of iron and in
1887 rose to a height of ……. feet.
Then came the era of the high rise concrete and steel
buildings, the skyscrapers of the New World. In 1930, the Empire State
Building was topped out at 1250 feet.
Remember Galileo and his primitive telescopes, through
which he could not resolve the rings of Saturn. He postulated that Saturn
had a near neighbour which mysteriously vanished and reappeared. Only in
1655 was Huygens able to explain the disappearing neighbour. His superior
telescope enabled him to postulate the rings which he first reported in
coded form in case he was wrong. (Britannica - Saturn, Volume 20, 1963)
In 1933, a great white spot appeared on Saturn. In that
ancient Encyclopaedia Britannica, the images are shown. The peak image is
for September 11th, 1933. Was this a sign of the ‘target’ linking to the
inspiration in Arthur C. Clarke’s novel, 2001 - A Space Odyssey? Four
other dates are shown, all of great importance in our Codes - August 9th,
August 31st and September 6th.
The Empire State Building held the title of the world’s
tallest building for almost 40 years, until the two new towers rose on the
World Trade Centre. That building was completed on 14th December 1970,
having reached 1353 feet. It was those two towers that were brought down
by a Hammer of God in the form of Mohamed Atta and his small squadron of
two planes, on 11th September 2001.
The Eiffel Tower and the skyscrapers symbolised the New
Order. Technology was king, but money was god. What need was there of
spiritual matters when all the pleasures of the flesh were there for the
taking for those who had money? The poor flocked from Europe to experience
the American dream, where opportunity was open to all. The poorest beggar
could become the wealthiest man, if he would but work for it - or so the
myth goes. There was no mention that one of the first requirements to get
rich in America was to sell your soul. Now the life of idle luxury is
peddled worldwide with all the crap which comes out of Hollywood in film,
TV, DVDs…..The Indians, the Chinese, the Egyptians, and even the Iranians
want to live like them. They imagine that all this nonsense is reality.
The crime programmes hint at the dark underbelly of American society and
the school shootings giving a tiny glimpse how sick that society really
is, not to mention the vicious attitude of the American military in Iraq
to ‘lower forms of life’ than Americans.
But Europe is little better. The main difference is
that there are many fewer guns. Although a significant majority profess a
belief in God, few show that belief has any reality in the way they live
their lives. Ironically, the Americans are the loudest and most numerous
in proclaiming their Christian beliefs and the first to send bombers to
get revenge. They seem to have forgotten they were supposed to be
Christians, not Jews. The Old Testament reeks of revenge. It is echoed in
the tale of modern Israel. But the New Testament talks of forgiveness.
That is not a feature of America at any time in its existence.
America behaves as though God is not real, despite the
high church attendance. In fact, it is the rabid church-goers who support
the most warmongering president in US history. So, is it any wonder that
the skeptics, men like Richard Dawkins, point to religion and say that
religion is the cause of more wars than anything else?
But the corruption of religion by man does not prove
the absence of God. It merely indicates how little hope there is for man.
God has inspired men throughout the millennia. A relative few have seen
and understood. Most have not cared.
As man’s material wealth in this world has increased,
his concern for his Maker has diminished. Mediaeval societies were poor,
the houses often hovels. Yet the cathedrals were magnificent. Men really
could stand in awe of their Maker.
Now everyone seeks a grand house for himself - or
herself, especially, a sign of their own personal greatness. What need
have they of something greater beyond? And if they do feel a real need to
worship, there are the Posh & Becks, Brangelina, the Cruises, or even the
dead gods. Only a few days ago, the pilgrims were at the shrine, with
candle-lit vigils, to mark 30 years of Elvis’ passing.
Science has committed the ultimate folly of
discrediting God and overcoming the natural controls by which god has
regulated men for millennia. Disease and pregnancy kept the desires and
the life spans, both of men and women, in check. What is more, men and
women feared that at the end of life came the Judgement. The mediaeval
morality plays were not called morality plays for nothing.
Science has helped eliminate morality by denying the
existence of God. Now it is all a matter of what you can get away with.
The many varieties of criminal gangs do less harm than the
close-to-the-wind businessmen forever exploiting loopholes in the laws,
changing laws to suit, all with the help of morality-free politicians,
lawyers and accountants. The philosophy of the free marketers has made
greed good, almost a duty. Now investors are portrayed almost as saints,
instead of the greedy people they really are. We even have the concept of
‘angel’ investors!! Companies become ever bigger and inhuman in scale and
purpose. It is all signs of the End Times in which we live. All the little
cogs go about their business ‘helping’. “It is my duty….for my family.”
Science has done well. By eradicating disease, it has
allowed populations to multiply, effort to be avoided by all in the rich
societies of the west, thanks to labour-saving devices produced more and
more in the poor societies of the east. But this is an utterly immoral and
unjust world, and there is no free lunch. In the end, all the chickens
come home to roost. Science has created this ‘heaven’ which will soon turn
into the hell it really is.
Talking of chickens coming home to roost, remember the
exhibition of Freedom in America when Professor Ward Churchill was sacked
from his post at the University of Colorado for not thinking correctly. He
wrote an essay entitled ‘Some People Push Back: On the justice of roosting
chickens’ and a follow-up book saying that the September 11th terrorist
attacks were a response to a long history of US abuses. Churchill said
that those killed in the WTC collapse were a technocratic corps at the
very heart of America’s global empire…. Clearly the freedoms American
soldiers are dying for in Iraq don’t include freedom of speech or thought!
It is the biologists following Darwin who had done the
most to damage conventional religion. According to them, we are not the
products of some Great Mind, just the products of ‘chance evolution’.
However far you go back, there is only ‘chance’. Darwin’s proponents have
been very vocal in recent years, most notably Richard Dawkins, but he has
been very much assisted by others in a related field.
The ‘science’ which has done most to attack religion is
the ‘science’ which is not science at all. Psychology has done much to
claim that all human experience can be explained away in artefacts or
malfunction of the mind. Many of the explanations of psychologists, their
classification of ‘mental illnesses’ are more accurately labelled in
mediaeval terms. For the soul is real and so is the phenomenon of
possession, where one external soul somehow controls the behaviour of the
‘indigenous’ soul. Yes, drugs can depress the behaviour, by depressing all
mind functions. But it is hardly a cure, barely a treatment. But since
psychologists give it a fancy name, it sounds to the uneducated masses as
though they know what they are talking about.
Psychology is no more than an alternative theology.
Psychology has done nothing but harm to society. It has paraded itself as
a science when it is anything but. It has enabled control of the many by
the few. Every day, all are subjected to attempts at mind control, through
advertising, columnists, salesman and women of every hue. And they all
employ the techniques carefully elucidated by the efforts of
psychologists. They are key members of the police crime teams too, such is
the power of their con. Others are there for grief counselling when
another major disaster strikes, even if it is only the product of the
sickness of society.
But the psychologists’ worst crime is their attempt to
destroy God. Jung postulated his ‘universal consciousness’ as his
man-centred attempt to explain away God’s inspiration. But what evidence
is there for this ‘explanation’? Jung was also fascinated by the
phenomenon of meaningful coincidence. He classified it as ‘synchronicity’.
He gave it a name, but could not explain its source. For its Source lies
beyond man, beyond the human mind, and beyond all the theories of the
The study of the paranormal is not parapsychology, but
paraphysics. It is concerned with matters beyond any theories of space and
time. There is a great reality, not subject to the laws which govern us.
This is the reality which the cathedrals recognised before science, real
or spoof, rendered such beliefs to be nonsensical.
So think about the parable of the Towers. An item on
Prime TV last night, 19th August 2007, was particularly significant. It
was a controlled demolition of a large, 2-storey skyscraper in Utah. The
clouds of dust reminded me strongly of 9-11. Yesterday was Day
231/7….11.17, linking to The Madeleine and
my reading of the Lesson
warning of the signs of the End of the World.
Now, thanks to a false belief in science and the
comforts of consuming materialism, most people in the west can enjoy the
fruits of other people’s labour. But what is the purpose of most lives in
the west? Did God put us here just to be PC robots or con merchants,
striving to get others to buy what they do not need or provide
entertainment to ‘keep the masses happy’. Do you not think that there is a
real purpose to existence? Do you not think it matters? Or do you
not think at all?
My exasperated sister said to me a few years ago
“You are always looking for meaning.” " Why not?" I replied. "It is there. If there is no
real meaning in your life, perhaps you should try to find one in the seven
years you MAY have left."
The Panzer Pope did get one thing right. He said “Hell
is real and eternal.” God is real too. It is a pity Pope Benedict didn’t
suggest you try to listen to the Voice of God in your own life, if it is
there, that is, if you are not too busy being rich and successful.
Seven years is 2557 days. Think about it……
19th -20th August 2007 Typed 30/08/2007 17:09:14
A slight edit. The End
date has been very much refined. The accurate figure I now know
was that she had seven years and seven months to find a real meaning in
her life. She now has but two years and five months.
11:54:49pm 13th October 2012. It really is All about Knowing.
The Time Scale in Knowing