Armed By Law

*”It’s sad to say that weapons will always be in the hands of criminals. Time can attest to that. However, with an armed and skilled public, when the “crazies” attempt to use their bad judgment, an armed public will be there to see that order and safety remain. Police are good at their jobs for the most part, but they cannot be everywhere they need to be in a millisecond, and that’s all a criminal needs to change history. It’s been proven when a criminal thinks people around him are armed, he/ she is less likely to engage, and thereby resulting in his/her own demise.

An armed people keeps the other guy’s weapon holstered. History has shown that “gun control” only limits the actions of society to act when part of it’s society is acting out. I understand restrictions are needed, but so are weapons- guns save lives. Sadly they also take lives. It’s at present a necessary evil. But as being armed we must use good sense and knowing that once we draw down and fire, there is no take-backs. Can you imagine a society where only the police and criminals are armed? And finally, what if a military foreign or domestic was to endanger you or your family? Who but an armed person could stand with you against such tyranny? And lest we forget, law enforcement has it’s good people, but so many now have fallen victim to “trigger happy ” and possibly scared cops. We don’t need these undetected and unskilled-judgment police shooting our loved ones unnecessarily- stay armed, stay safe and have faith.” -Moraldiplomat

Our country’s Founders, though at odds with each other about many matters, were united in their belief that private citizens, armed with their own firearms, were vital to a free nation.

Anti-Federalist icon Patrick Henry, in his famous “give me liberty or give me death” address to Virginia’s Second Revolutionary Convention on March 23, 1775, underscored the importance of an armed citizenry when he declared:

“They tell us … we are weak-unable to cope with so formidable an adversary [as the British]. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Three million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty … are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us.”

The Census Bureau estimates that the population of the colonies in 1700 was 2.1 million, and that by 1780 it reached 2.9 million. Henry’s reference in 1775 to “three million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty” clearly encompassed all competent citizens, not merely those qualified by age and gender for militia service.

Years later, when the Constitution was considered, Henry further expressed his unequivocal support of the individual right to keep and bear arms. During Virginia’s ratification convention he objected to the omission of a clause in the proposed Constitution that would forbid the disarming of individual citizens (the Second Amendment was adopted to solve that problem). “The great object,” he declared, “is that every man be armed…. Everyone who is able may have a gun.”

Thomas Paine, who voiced the colonists’ demands for freedom in his famous pamphlet Common Sense (1776), wrote in an earlier essay entitled “Thoughts on Defensive War” (1775):

“The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.”

And in The Federalist, No. 28, Alexander Hamilton stated: “If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government.”

In essay 29 of The Federalist, Hamilton further observed that “little more can reasonably be aimed at with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped,” since “this will not only lessen the calls for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army an never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to hem in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens.”

In a similar spirit, James Madison pointed out in The Federalist, No. 46, that “notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms,” since, were the people armed and organized into militia, “the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it.”

On June 18, 1789, 10 days after James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights in the House of Representatives, Tench Coxe, a Federalist and friend of Madison, published in Philadelphia’s Federal Gazette (under the pen name “A Pennsylvanian”) what Steven Halbrook describes as “probably the most complete exposition of the Bill of Rights to be published during its ratification period.”

Coxe’s analysis included this comment: “As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” “In short,” Halbrook states, “what is now the Second Amendment was designed to guarantee the right of the people to have ‘their private arms’ to prevent tyranny and to overpower an abusive standing army or select militia [such as today’s National Guard].”

It is worth noting that Coxe sent a copy of his article, with a cover letter, to Madison, and that the father of the Constitution expressed no objection to his comments. Rather than disagreeing that the proposed amendment protected the possession and use of “private arms,”

Madison stated in his reply that ratification of the entire package of amendments “will however be greatly favored by explanatory strictures of a healing tendency, and is therefore already indebted to the co-operation of your pen.” Halbrook points out that a “search of the literature of the time reveals that no writer disputed or contradicted Coxe’s analysis that became what the Second Amendment protected.

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Credit write up by: Frank M.
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Impending Judgment?

Ya know, I was thinking about how easy it is for us all to see a problem coming. Regardless of what you believe, want to argue or debate; the truth is, we can see what could be perceived as a judgment; certainly a trial or tribulation. Possibly even a death sentence for many. Will it be you?

Back in Noah’s day, people were warned, but sadly, they paid no heed to Noah, nor God. They repented not. And yes, they saw the impending judgment, the rain, the waters of the deep, flood from above! And still, even though they saw the danger, did they repent? Was it too late? Did any humans survive? Only eight…..only eight.

Today, we saw, as sadly as it was, Hurricane Harvey, and now Hurricane Irma, with the possibility of more coming. And as we have seen from the past, Hurricanes, whether manufactured by evil men’s technology, mother nature rebelling mankind- unforgiving to millions, climate change…whatever you wish or have been indoctrinated to imagine; the point is….have you even thought of repenting? Telling God you’re sorry you have flaws, failures, have literally rebelled against Him? What if you repented? What if….the storm was a little more gentler when it comes your way. Ya know, as the days continue it seems the name of Jesus becomes to many a bad word, a name to not mention. Oh we say, “God” (and there’s only One) but it to some it’s vague. Why are so many afraid to even mention Jesus’ name?

And……….yet we can say a thousand times the name of a monster, the name of impending judgment- 😦

Maybe it’s time we call out on that name again. What do you think?

The Lord is coming back and I believe it’s soon….not by and by, but soon. Live every day as if it were as soon as tomorrow.

Luke 21

22 “For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. 23 But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. 24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.  25 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. ”

Luke 17

26 “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. ”

Luke 21

7 And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass? 8 And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them. 9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by. 10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: 11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. 12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake. ”

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Speaking of Floods

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” ( Genesis 6:8 )

The word “grace” can be seen the first time in the King James Bible in the Old Testament- Genesis 6:8.

Noah, like many of us today, living among the most heinous evil society that world known up to that point, but Noah found grace. God favored him with His intentions about how He was going to destroy the earth- His just judgment how he would be saved and a part of new beginnings on earth.

Genesis 6:8 shows us Noah’s character. “Found” is a simple actionable verb, not a passive one. Noah found favor—grace—in God’s eyes because he was actively looking for it.

Similarly, Adam found no helpmate from among the animals that was suitable for him (Genesis 2:20), and Noah’s dove did not find rest for the sole of her foot (Genesis 8:9). Laban did not find his household images that Rachel had stolen and hidden (Genesis 31:35), and Hilkiah the priest found a book of the law of the Lord given by Moses.

(Ref. 2 Chronicles 34:14-15). God could have used a passive verb as He did in reference to Noah, but He didn’t.

What can we learn from this great man of God?

God intended for us to learn from those of ancients, and most of all, God’s record of events about them:

Rom 15:4 “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.”

Noah’s life was righteous—in spite of the horrible condition of mankind’s hearts and deeds in the world of his day. He was looking for God’s direction and for the answers to his heart’s quest/questions.

Noah wasn’t just hanging around waiting for the inevitable destruction the flood of water, the judgment that he knew was coming as a result of the awful rebellion and perverted sin that surrounded him. Noah was anticipating a response from God—and when God gave him instruction, Noah “found” the favor that he sought!

Recipient of Grace

Many centuries later, God warned Ezekiel of future judgment that would happen to the land of Israel because of its wickedness. God identified three men—Noah, Daniel, and Job—as examples of the best “righteous” men in history (Ezekiel 14:14, 20). If that comparison has any meaning, Noah was much more than a mere chance recipient of God’s grace.

Job:

Job was “His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” (Job 1:3).

Job’s livestock resources were enormous. That certainly meant that he was a successful breeder of animals as well as a possible trader/ broker and possibly a source for prized stock. He had a large house/household and land—so much so that “bands” from nearby nations were in want to destroy his wealth.

God had labeled Job “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?” (Job 1:8). Job was much more than a “nice guy.” He was probably the wealthiest man of his day, and yet he was of such godly character, mind, and heart that God pointed him out him to satan, showing him that men were more dedicated to God and goodness than evil in spite of Job’s wealth, Job stood the test of time and satan looked like a fool- and a fool he is!!

Daniel was one of the king’s descendants and nobles from Judah taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 1:3). The account of Daniel and his three godly friends is well known among most Christians, but the experiences of Daniel often overshadow the long life that he led as the leader of the “learned men” of that day. He was commissioned as a “great man” by Nebuchadnezzar and “sat in the gate of the king” (Daniel 2:48-49). Daniel served in some form of senior advisory position for six kings over some 70 years. Not bad for a captive!

God said of Daniel as a “man greatly beloved” (Daniel 10:11). He was privileged to have unusual spiritual insight given to him from God, which he could have used to his personal advantage. But he always made it clear that he was gifted by God’s grace—to whom he always gave credit. Furthermore, God used Daniel to record several of the most remarkable prophecies in all of Scripture. Students of the Bible still discuss the book of Daniel. He was a significant person indeed!

If the comparisons of the righteous men listed in Ezekiel 14 are to be genuine comparisons, Noah must have been a person of significance in his region—if not well known throughout the world of his day. He clearly possessed or had access to the resources and skills needed to accomplish the monumental task that was assigned to him.

The pre-Flood civilization was certainly advanced enough for such an enterprise. The evolutionary cloud has mesmerized most of the world into relegating the “ancient” world into some sort of pre-human existence—living in caves and grass huts with animal skins for clothing; and not much more than that.

The Bible paints a much different picture! There were cities during Noah’s day, as well as developed technology that included metallurgy and the skills to build musical instruments (Genesis 4:17-22). Somebody had to construct the habitations for the growing population, and someone had to coordinate the distribution and development of those manufacturing places that produced the products needed by that society.

The world of Noah was very wicked, but it functioned with much the same needs as our current world. When the Lord Jesus wanted to emphasize the suddenness of the destruction in the coming end-times judgment, He did it by drawing a comparison with the “ordinary” life of the populations around Noah.

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” (Luke 17:26-27)

Noah found grace, Noah was fully dedicated to the work of God during his life.

Walked with God

The Bible says that Noah was one of only two men in all of history who “walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). The other is Enoch, who may be more well known since he was taken by God’s and was found no more (Genesis 5:24). Efforts by some to portray Noah as a bumbling, drunken hypocrite are simply not true. God’s commentary is that Noah was “just” and “perfect” (upright, without blemish). The Creator entrusted him with a monumental task that is unique in all of history.

Noah was “just.” That simply means that he was known for his equitable dealings with others, fair and moral. Even in the wicked world that disgusted the Creator, Noah was “justified” in his ways, deeds, thoughts and character- Behaved righteously before God (Genesis 7:1).

Noah was “perfect.” That precious reputation, at least from God’s perspective, means that he was a man without condemnation. His “just” dealings resulted in a “blameless” record. Whatever the wicked people of his day may have said behind his back, they knew that Noah was above reproach. Just as folks today often resort to rumor-mongering and distortion of facts to cover their own guilt or boredom, those around Noah no doubt employed some of the same practices to discredit righteous Noah. He may well have had that kind of treatment, but God saw that he was “perfect.”

Preacher of Righteousness

Peter called Noah a “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). Think of what that means in the context of Genesis 6! The whole earth was “filled with violence” and “every heart” only thought of evil. The social condition (as is today) must have been a real mess. Yet Noah had the guts to stand up publically for the righteous and moral behavior that just about everyone else openly and loudly rejected.

Maybe his extended family and friends were under his influence, but by the time the judgment of God fell, only Noah, his wife, and three of their sons and their wives were willing to follow his leadership into the Ark. Many would consider a ministry with such results a failure today, and yet God insisted that Noah’s “…became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)!

We are not told in Scripture what Noah preached about. Enoch (the other man who walked with God) preached about the return of the Lord in judgment (Jude 1:14-15). Noah may well have preached about the coming judgment of the Flood and the desperate need of the world’s people to turn back to their Creator God for salvation. Whatever he may have preached and however he implemented his heart’s desire, Noah was labeled a “preacher of righteousness” by the only Judge that ultimately counts.

God’s grace is always available. It is not hidden from anyone. But it must be “found” by God’s servants as we “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Credit: in most part to Henry M.

In analysis of parts of this write-up, it’s clear about three things: one, We need mercy. Two, we need to find grace in the Lord Jesus; cry out to God and ask for forgiveness. And three, judgments and apocalyptic-style scenarios are happening all around the world. Some judgments are being implemented and it’s time that we seek God’s grace and/ or remember the Lord for His grace and mercy being administered in our lives. The end is not yet; you have time, but don’t wait too long- NOW is the time!. -Moraldiplomat

Luke 21:9 “But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.”

Luke 21:25 “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;…..”

More terrible days are ahead for earth; it’s time to repent, trust God to get us through them and by His grace, avoid some (if not all of them) of them (days).

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Robbing Hood “Take-aways”

When I was a kid I thought it was actually “Robbing” Hood because he was known for robbing from the rich and giving to the poor. There’s more to the story though than just a bandit with a big heart. It’s a story of adventure, daring, and courage. It’s the story of a highly skilled archer who rises from commoner to hero.

Robin ends up quite the rebel rouser and proves himself a highly capable leader, even beyond his band of merry men, when he inspires everybody to fight for their home and land and protect from the French invasion.

Here are my three take aways:

Never give up. On the hilt of a sword are the following words: “Rise, and rise again. Until lambs become lions.” Simply put, when you get knocked down, get up again. And again. You’ll grow stronger in the process.

You can change your lot in life. You can rise above your station. Just because you aren’t born to land or position, doesn’t mean you can’t become the person who can have those. You don’t have to be a natural born leader — you can become one.

Shared values bring people together. Whether it’s a common threat or a common goal, it creates a common bond. In this case, there was a common threat, both the invasion and the evil doers leading up to it. Robin had “right” on his side, and he created a common goal around defending their land.

If I were to add another take away, I would say it pays to be skilled. Shooting arrows with precision through obstacles and over a distance, makes for some memorable movie scenes.

Credit: Jonathan C.

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Our hearts go out for those who hung around for the Cat. 4 Hurricane Harvey. This is just one of a long list of SHTF scenarios that could take people by surprise; and being prepared could have lessoned the impact on people’s lives.

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Prayers to those in Texas. Have faith and let’s make some better decisions; it’s not all about us. People’s lives are at stake.

 

Outlaws

Once more on Robin Hood and the survival lessons we can learn from the legends of the Merry Men in the Sherwood Forest.

Realistically, surviving a typical medieval winter in Sherwood Forest might not have been much fun as an outlaw.

If a band of medieval outlaws in Sherwood Forest managed to survive the everyday threat of being captured or killed by the forces of (crooked) law and (dis) order, their next biggest worry would be simply how to stay alive in terms of shelter and finding something to eat and drink as medieval temperatures dropped far below the winters we experience today.

The outlaws would be by necessity nomadic, moving around within an established area unsettled in terms of any permanent storage capacity and so be unable to plant and nurture any crops or vegetables.

Staying in one place for too long risked detection by the authorities. In summertime a band of men could survive by eating as hunter-gatherers like their ancestors but with the approach of autumn and as the temperature began to drop other measures would clearly have to be adopted.

To physically exist a man requires food and drink – in cold weather he would also require a suitable shelter and a source of heat.

An outlaw band planning to stay in Sherwood Forest through the winter would have to have the means to provide themselves with all four.

The problem with not having made proper provision for winter is obvious; you will meet a cold, lonely and hungry death.

Sleeping in the open after a day spent in the open is risking hypothermia and exposure, and simply freezing to death in your sleep.

Any shortages of drink and food would result in a quicker fall in energy in the short-term and in the long-term the body’s natural resistance to cold and sickness and in both the brain’s ability to reason; death could be measured in hours. But without sleep, the body cannot function naturally.

Many people are surprised when they hear that hypothermia can occur anywhere and anytime when the air temperature is below 60F /16C the body needs to maintain a core of warmth and as the core temperature drops heat is taken from the head, resulting in a drop in circulation and energy being burned to provide heat rather than to feed the brain; the brain slows down, irrational behavior gradually grows until the subject doesn’t know what they are doing.

The effect is so gradual the subject will not realize it is happening without immediate help, they will die. A slight breeze can half the time a man could expect to be in trouble through hypothermia; a cool wind can reduce it by four times that. Our outlaws would quickly have to learn two things; to stay dry and to keep out of the wind.

In prolonged daytime temperatures of below freezing, living permanently outdoors is very risky unless you know what you are about; after dark in the same conditions, you sleep with the risk that you might never wake up again.

Credit: Jonathan C.

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Red Dawn Scenario

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Successful first wave attacks at different times of history have arrived sometimes disguised as something else (such as a real life “Trojan Horse” from ancient Greek writings) or simply have been a complete surprise to the public (the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941).

What avenues could a “Trojan Horse” strike the U.S. and disguise first wave attacks?

Let’s consider the following;

-Cargo Ships that are carrying surface to air missiles, helicopters, tanks, and even troops.

-Cruise Lines that are also carrying weapons, missiles, and troops.

-Commercial jets flying in to the U.S. from overseas (the plot from the first “Red Dawn” from the early 1980s where a first wave attack was launched by Russia and allies and disguised as inbound commercial jets).

-Foreign Exchange “Students” (some of these foreign exchange students, many who are here from China, may not be here just for a college degree — they may be here awaiting “orders”).

Which brings us to attacks from forces already in the US.
If you’re going to set up a new government once the first government falls, why obliterate standing and operational government buildings when you can simply take them?

With millions of illegal immigrants within our borders, and tens of millions more of “legal” immigrants and non-U.S. citizens, such as international “business owners”, foreign “diplomats” and foreign “exchange students”, it’s not a stretch of the imagination to see a first wave attack including highly trained foreign special forces soldiers and foreign “secret agents” planted here for that purpose.

The international spy game is alive and well and every country has its own form of CIA, MI6, and KGB (now called the FSB), and it may not be that difficult to plant foreign agents at various levels of government and even within the U.S. military.

My bet is any scheme for an attack and takeover of the U.S. will include widespread distribution of foreign agents (China-Russia,possibly also Mexican) within U.S. borders, which has probably already taken place. And the more years that pass, the more likely these agents can get deeply entrenched into U.S. life, businesses, government, and military.

Finally, many of these foreign agents may be currently turning real U.S. citizens into “double agents” (by lies, money, or by coercion) who turn on their homeland to support a new government and new rule of law- true regime change; is it coming the America?

Credit: Derek P.

Thanks Derek. Good warning. I’ve thought that the Red Dawn Scenario was (possible) going to be the end of the USA; and not just a movie on the big screen. Art imitating life, true life. Be READY….THERE WON’T BE A WARNING SHOT.

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MEN HAVE FORGOTTEN GOD (Part 5-FINAL)

ALEXANDER SOLZHENITSYN (LINK)

*Continued from part 4. This is part 5 and final.

“….With such global events looming over us like mountains, nay, like entire mountain ranges, it may seem incongruous and inappropriate to recall that the primary key to our being or non-being resides in each individual human heart, in the heart’s preference for specific good or evil. Yet this remains true even today, and it is, in fact, the most reliable key we have.

The social theories that promised so much have demonstrated their bankruptcy, leaving us at a dead end. The free people of the West could reasonably have been expected to realize that they are beset · by numerous freely nurtured falsehoods, and not to allow lies to be foisted upon them so easily.

All attempts to find a way out of the plight of today’s world are fruitless unless we redirect our consciousness, in repentance, to the Creator of all: without this, no exit will be illumined, and we shall seek it in vain.

The resources we have set aside for ourselves are too impoverished for the task. We must first recognize the horror perpetrated not by some outside force, not by class or national enemies, but within each of us individually, and within every society.

This is especially true of a free and highly developed society, for here in particular we have surely brought everything upon ourselves, of our own free will. We ourselves, in our daily unthinking selfishness, are pulling tight that noose…

Our life consists not in the pursuit of material success but in the quest for worthy spiritual growth. Our entire earthly existence is but a transitional stage in the movement toward something higher, and we must not stumble and fall, nor must we linger fruitlessly on one rung of the ladder. Material laws alone do not explain our life or give it direction.

The laws of physics and physiology will never reveal the indisputable manner in which the Creator constantly, day in and day out, participates in the life of each of us, unfailingly granting us the energy of existence; when this assistance leaves us, we die. And in the life of our entire planet, the Divine Spirit surely moves with no less force: this we must grasp in our dark and terrible hour.

To the ill-considered hopes of the last two centuries, which have reduced us to insignificance and brought us to the brink of nuclear and non-nuclear death, we can propose only a determined quest for the warm hand of God, which we have so rashly and self-confidently spurned. Only in this way can our eyes be opened to the errors of this unfortunate twentieth century and our bands be directed to setting them right. There is nothing else to cling to in the landslide: the combined vision of all the thinkers of the Enlightenment amounts to nothing.

Our five continents are caught in a whirlwind. But it is during trials such as these that the highest gifts of the human spirit are manifested. If we perish and lose this world, the fault will be ours alone.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, “Godlessness: the First Step to the Gulag”. Templeton Prize Lecture, 10 May 1983 (London).