“When allowed to rage unchecked […] anti-Jewish hatred is an infallible signal that a society is in deep trouble. But Jews and others who are shocked are themselves a symptom of that trouble. They believe that Jew-hatred is part of a wider animus against all minorities. They don’t grasp that antisemitism is uniquely troubling.”
(Melanie Phillips, article: Antisemitism: the ultimate marker of cultural derangement, 3rd January 2020)
I recently attempted to define antisemitism within the 280 character limit of a Tweet:
Antisemitism isn’t primarily racism: it attacks the *whole* human race. It attempts either to pull man (ben adam) away from God (as in secular/liberal/Socialist/Fascist/Jewish-Atheist antisemitism) or attempts to appropriate God’s choices, as in Christian & Islamic antisemitism.
In other words, I maintain that antisemitism is not merely another form of racism, it is anti the whole human race, not least the spiritual condition of the human race, and the soul of every nation.
None of the world’s greatest problems, such as ecological abuse, pollution, nuclear-weapon proliferation, extreme poverty, and the clash of civilisations – and the threat of World War III hanging over us like the Sword of Damocles – can be properly addressed if man either denies his spiritual life, or tries to appropriate the Spirit (Ruach) of our Creator who entered human history a mere 4000 years ago through the People Israel.
Antisemitism has destroyed every nation, bloc of nations, society, church, political party…that has allowed it to “rage unchecked”. Antisemitism can even result in wars and world wars. This almost seems to be a law of Nature, or, perhaps it is indeed, as I suspect, a law of Super-nature: God of Israel.
“Now the LORD said unto Abram: ‘Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and be thou a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” Genesis 12
“Human being” transliterates in the Hebrew as ben adam, or son of Adam, or Son of Man. We are all expected, by eternal God, to polish the mirror that is our eternal soul and become fully human, fully “Son of Man”, fully imago dei. This is in reality impossible of course. We are fallible humans who, even in the most civilised parts of the world, live within our inevitably imperfect collective systems from which we cannot possibly escape, or fail to contribute or advantage from, if we are fully functioning members of society and nation.
Interfaith dialogue or political dialogue,
or sociology, or science, will not solve the
crisis of antisemitism/anti-Israelism
Political ideologues, such as Socialists, generally believe that repairing or replacing our systems will improve the lot of man, but it won’t. Faith in God’s will is not faith in the perfection of political systems, but in the perfection of man in mind and soul and love. Politics cannot make man love God, or his fellow man as image of God (or at least potentially image of God).
I live in the UK, and I believe – that so long as we keep the resurgent antisemitism in check, and the forces of Islamism in check – we are a good and blessed nation. Our consitutional monarchy has the best possible checks and balances of any system; taxation levels are as fair as they can be; and the balance between a welfare state and personal responsibility, and the balance between secular democracy and established religious authority are about as good as can possibly be.
With the late Sir Roger Scruton, philosopher and a fellow Anglican, who sadly died yesterday age 75, I would argue that we risk losing everything if we see a continuing decline in British Christianity, especially if Islam fills the religious vacuum and asserts its influence on our Christian nation, a nation which is Christian both in constitution and characteristics.
There is a real danger that we become like Sweden, the most atheistic nation in Europe, which according to the EU’s own statistics has – despite Sweden’s low population and high wealth – the highest rate of rape, domestic abuse, and child abuse. And the city of Malmo has earned the title “antisemitic capital of Europe”. However, I would also say that the intellectual feebleness of our established Church of England today, and its feeble and unconvincing management (not least with regards to child sexual abuse), are very much a part of the reason for decline in British religious life. Furthermore, the contemporary Church of England, and the wider global Anglican Communion, is itself experiencing a resurgence of antisemitism, especially anti-Israelism, and I suspect this is the deep cause of the spiritual rot. The Church needs new senior management and deeper philosophical theology before we can expect the people to come back, hoping to learn what they don’t already know, rather than a pile of platitudes. Above all, the Church of England needs to seriously address its institutional antisemitism/anti-Israelism.
[ I do not make charges lightly against the antisemitism in my own church. If the reader is interested in my concerns, I had an Op-Ed on the subject published in the American journal The Algemeiner on November 27 2019. For a longer read, I have written a 55,000 word essay titled “I Accuse – Antisemitism and the Church of England”. I have provided links to my Algemeiner Op-Ed and to a PDF of my essay at the end of this piece.]
Man has free will, which means of course the free will to declare “God is dead”, and create systems centred on something other than God. Many such systems have been tried, but these systems everywhere and at all times have led to about three of four generations of curse. Pray, the Jeremy Corbyn movement in Britain is the death throes of Socialism, being as it is about four generations after Vladimir Lenin introduced it as a living reality during World War I.
Of course, one can try to avoid the march of history and the political world altogether, by becoming a hermit in a cave, or a reclusive monk, but – notwithstanding that Christian civilisation is indebted to the scholarship of the medieval monks – I find nothing convincing in the Christian understanding of God of Israel to suggest that God wants us to be monks or nuns, or to become otherwise detached from the history and geography of the world. The monkish and nunnish establishments – and the religious commitment to nihilistic escapism, virginity and non-reproduction of the human race – were in fact imports from Buddhism in the East, beginning around the 3rd century AD.
It is uniquely through the Hebrews that God revealed the sanctity of Time and history, and of all human being. In the Torah we learn that we are all, man and woman, imaged in God. And it is through the Jews that God our Creator promised to pilot all nations to their true destiny.
Anti-Israelism is the worst form of antisemitism
“On the left, the antisemitism is being fuelled and even led – against Israel – by Jews”.
(Melanie Phillips, Speaking at the Conference on Jews and Conservatism on October 28, 2018)
There wasn’t space to add “anti-Israelism” to my Tweeted definition of antisemitism, otherwise I would have done.
Anti-Israelism is antisemitism.
Whereas antisemitism can result in the desire and motivation to harm Jews, anti-Israelism is the desire to extinguish the light unto the nations and to point the world to some idolatrous other thing or city, such as Geneva (the UN), Brussels, or Stalingrad (or whatever the epicentre of Socialism now calls itself). Anti-Israelism is the attempt by the rebellious ego of man to blind the world to our One True God, causing great harm not only to Jews, but to everyone.
[ I’m inclined to prefer the word anti-Israelism to anti-Zionism, because the Zionist case was made and won a century ago, leading to the establishment of the State of Israel. To be “anti-Zionist” is as meaningless and regressive as being “anti-Partition of India”, or “anti-Republic of Ireland”, or “anti-Jersey”.
“Zionism” is history, whereas Israel is living reality, whose health is more important than that of any other nation, and whose well-being is necessary for the well-being of all nations. Israel is the microcosm of the world, and where the world marries up to God.]
Recently Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, has tweeted a list of the UN Human Rights Council condemnations of human rights between 2006 and 2016:
Israel – 68 UN human rights condemnations
Iraq – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Cuba – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Qatar – 0 UN human rights condemnations
China – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Russia – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Turkey – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Somalia – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Pakistan – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Venezuela – 0 UN human rights condemnations
Zimbabwe – 0 UN human rights condemnations … etc, etc
The annual United Nations General Assembly nation-specific condemnations are similar. Typically the UNGA will issue about 20 condemnations of Israel, and a total of 5 or 6 for all the other nations of the world combined! Israel 20, Rest of the World 5. How outrageous and stupid and incredible and dangerous the UN has allowed itself to become!
Why do the nations so furiously rage together, against Israel? Why do the people imagine a vain thing? Why do the leaders of the world – kings, presidents and archbishops – rise up and take counsel together, against the Lord and against His anointed?
I think that the deep psychological and spiritual reasons that the world is obsessively anti-Israel – a good nation – and generally disinterested in every other nation – including the many institutionally evil nations – is the explicit rejection of God.
There is explicit rejection of God by secularists (including many secular Jews), and there is the rejection of God by many (if not the vast majority) of Christians and Muslims through their attempted appropriation of God’s choices, and God’s history and plan for the destiny of the nations, centred on Jerusalem.
Because Christianity and Islam both have a vision of a Jerusalem-centred Apocalypse (or unveiling) Christian and Muslim pride-and-ego has the propensity to appropriate both Jerusalem and Time itself (I will say more on the appropriation of Time).
Only recently has the Roman Catholic Church repudiated its claims to have superseded God’s eternal covenants with the Jews, largely through the leadership of John Paul II. John Paul II was more or less “dual covenant”, i.e. God’s covenants with the Jews are eternal and unconditional, whereas we Christians follow the more generalised “New” covenant in our faith and commitment to God of Israel. But I know many Catholics who remain “supersessionist”, and, contrary to John Paul II, believe that Jews should be converted to Christianity. There are many anti-Israelist Catholics, including, it seems to me, Pope Francis himself.
I suggest that the Church should commit to converting Christians away from anti-Semitism/anti-Israelism, and to encourage secularised Jews to convert not to Christianity, but to remember Jerusalem and re-convert to Judaism, because as the Jewish thinker Melanie Phillips remarks, many Jews have lost the plot and have been seduced by secularist philosophies and politics and the fool’s paradise we call “liberalism”.
The most potent and dangerous anti-Israelists are Jews. They are potent and dangerous because every Gentile antisemite under the Sun can deny his or her antisemitism by siding with a “Jew”, and by showing solidarity with the Jewish anti-Israelists who want to unleash Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah and Palestinian Islamic Jihad on the State of Israel.
Before the General Election, hundreds of British high-profile/high-achieving Jews (one of whom I know personally) tried to convince the rest of us that Jeremy Corbyn is not an antisemite, nay he is the best thing that has happened to British Jewry. Suddenly, scholars and famous people whom most of us never realised were halachically Jewish until Corbyn appeared, were writing joint open letters to The Guardian in support of Corbyn, Marxism and Trotskyism, and telling the BBC interviewers, “as-a-Jew, I say that Corbyn is not antisemitic”.
The Socialist Jon Lansman, a self-identifying Jew, led the notoriously anti-Israelist Labour “Momentum” movement: the very messianic mob movement that drove Corbyn into Socialist power. In fact, three of the four founding members of the Momentum cult are Jews. Other high-profile or academic Corbyn-justifying Jews in Britain I can recall off the top of my head are John Bercow, Michael Rosen (BBC), Dr David Graeber, Glyn Secker, Jackie Walker (who claims to be Jewish), Miriam Margolyes OBE, Alexei Sayle, and Mike Leigh OBE. And former Labour leader Ed Milliband, anti-Israelist, is a secular Jew whose god is Socialism, and who arguably set the Labour Party on its present course before Corbyn rose to power. Ed Milliband was Corbyn’s John the Baptist.
My 22-year-old daughter, a student of social policy, asked me how can Corbyn be antisemitic when he has so many Jewish friends, and even the Speaker John Bercow, speaking “as-a-Jew”, says that he does not think Corbyn is antisemitic? She has a point. Corbyn is perhaps not anti-Jew, but without a shadow of a doubt he is anti-Israelist, as are his Jewish friends such as those I have listed above.
Of course, it should not surprise anyone that the most fervent and effective supporters of the Socialist project to “free Palestine” in order to destroy Israel through violent means are in fact Socialist Jews. Socialists generally blame Israel for all the world’s ills. And therefore, Socialist Jews are often especially keen to prove they hate the Jewish State of Israel in order to be fully accepted around the table of the Socialists.
From the outset, the whole point of the Socialist philosophy of the atheist Karl Marx – an halachically Jewish grandson of a rabbi on his mother’s side – is to replace faith in God of Israel by faith in man once man has violently broken free of the systems (such as the British monarchy) whose appeal to authority is God of Israel. Karl Marx in his essay On the Jewish Question explains why the world must break away from the Abrahamic covenant and accept the historical inevitability of the materialist dialectic and the class struggle. Marx wrote that, “the emancipation of the Jews is the emancipation of mankind from Judaism”. Jewish Socialists have always opposed religious attachment to Israel: the revolutionary Bundists of Poland and Russia wanted Atheistic Communism, not Monotheistic Zionism.
Marx was of course an antisemitic false prophet, whose philosophy deceived not only half the Jews but half the surface of the planet.
The English philosopher Bertrand Russell, although an atheist, could at least see that Marxism was a false religion, a spurious offshoot of Christianity and Millennialism. In The History of Western Philosophy, Russell plots out Marx’s pseudo-Christian schema as follows:
God of Israel >> Dialectical Materialism
The Messiah >> Marx
The Elect >> The Proletariat
The Church >> The Communist Party
The Second Coming >> The Revolution
Hell >> Punishment of the Capitalists
The Millennium >> The Communist Commonwealth
And so Socialists (including Jewish Socialists), Christians and Muslims alike are guilty of appropriating Time, believing they will take ownership of the End of Time.
For Christians and Muslims the End of Time is the “Apocalypse”, or the “Messianic Age”, which of course, is to spread from its centre at Jerusalem according to Christians and Muslims. Generally, Christians want to own it, and Muslims want to own it. It’s a matter of pride and honour.
Owning the End of Time
Everyone today – secularist or monotheist – realises that the world is shrinking, and coming into ever more intense unity and interaction.
The very fact that we have just the one Internet, one World Wide Web – all wrapped in English-language meta-languages such as HTML – is evidence enough of this progress towards unity. And the English language is the world’s first truly universal language.
According to a report on “Big Data” by IBM (published on its website a few years ago), “90% of all the data in the world has been created in the last 2 years alone”. Much of this data is either written in English, or wrapped in English, because English is the international language of computing and data interrogation.
In other words, the oneness of things, which implies a kind of finality and permanence to things – or an end to history and its Hegelian ‘dialectic’ – is becoming obvious to all.
The French Catholic theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (d. 1955) saw this unifying and intensification of all things, through technology, communications and exponential population growth leading to what he called the “Omega Point”. For Teilhard – like the evolutionary scientist Jean Baptiste Lamarck – evolution is not entirely chance and randomness through an innate struggle for survival, but is goal-oriented. (I do have many reservations about the thinking of Teilhard, but he did help parts of the Roman Catholic Church break out of its narrow thinking, paranoia, and world-denying theology.)
That English is the first and last universal language is now obvious. It cannot be undone. English as the lingua franca cannot die out like other lingua franca, such as Greek and Latin.
The language of the final state of things is not, as we read in even English Bibles, “alpha and omega” (Greek), but A and Z (English).
The two most important languages in the world are Hebrew and English: Hebrew because it is the Holy Language – centred on the Holiest of Holy Names we are to hallow – and English, because English is the universal language. English is indeed the language of the heavens, not least in aerospace. With English, our universal language, we ascend above Babel to the sky, or ciel in French, which, like other Latin-based languages, uses the same word for sky and heaven. (In Biblical times, the sky/clouds was thought to be the “first heaven” of the seven heavens.) Whether our pilots take off from Iowa, Iran or India, they all must, and do, communicate in English, the language of air-traffic control, as it is of international shipping.
Other aspects of civilisation that have obviously entered into what we might call the universal final state – i.e. it is inconceivable that they can ever be replaced – are Hindu-Arabic numerals and, in music, the equal temperament system of tuning invented by J.S. Bach. (Had Bach not dared to slightly deviate from the mathematically just harmony, music as we know it today, with large orchestras of many instruments, able to change key mid piece, would be impossible. Furthermore, we have now all been ‘earwashed’ to accept harmony that to Montiverdi and Purcell would have sounded wrong: slightly flat at the perfect fifths.)
If you agree with me that such things as the English language and Arabic numerals are already truly embedded in the final state – i.e. it is inconceivable that there will a future age, or aeon, of civilisation in which English is not the universal language and Arabic numerals not the universal language of mathematics –we can begin to think what else might find itself permanently established in the final state.
At the risk of sounding gooey and “kumbya”, we might look to the Jerusalem/Zion centred prophecy of Micah
“…the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established as the top of the mountains, And it shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow unto it. And many nations shall go and say: ‘Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, And to the house of the God of Jacob; And He will teach us of His ways, And we will walk in His paths’; For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge between many peoples, And shall decide concerning mighty nations afar off; And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruninghooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war any more. But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree; And none shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken. For let all the peoples walk each one in the name of its god, But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.”
From Micah Chapter 4, JPS Tanakh
Micah’s prophecy is so similar to that of his contemporaneous 8th century prophet Isaiah that surely one borrowed from the other. It is interesting to note also that Isaiah believed that so long as there is pollution in our languages – our words – there will be pollution, and desertification, on Earth. Healing language heals all things, which is obvious if you think about it, because we think in language, command in language, follow orders in language, and persuade others, and ourselves, in language.
We cannot re-green Earth with strategies to re-green Earth. Rather, as Jesus commanded: “Hallow the Name” and “Seek the Kingdom first”, and then the rest falls into place. This is the Faith.
If Micah, Isaiah, and the many other prophets with similar visions really were seeing the final and healing state things – I hope they were – then there is no valid Christian or Islamic supersessionism, and no Socialism or scientism supersession (we will return to the scientific threat). No, Israel, and her observant Jews, becomes, uniquely, the light unto the nations.
“If statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one quarter of one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly, the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk.
“His contributions to the world’s list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine and abstruse learning are also very out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in this world in all ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself and be excused for it. The Egyptians, the Babylonians and the Persians rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greeks and Romans followed and made a vast noise, and they were gone; other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, and have vanished.
“The Jew saw them all, survived them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert but aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jews; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?”
Mark Twain, “Concerning the Jews” Harpers Magazine, March 1898
Contemporary Christianity and Islam – especially contemporary Islam – need to come up with theological philosophies that persuade their leaders and followers to change course. Somehow, the world’s negative obsession with Israel needs to be turned upside down, into positive obsession and encouragement. The ship of fools we call mankind must accept its navigator: the Jews. And, frankly, contemporary Jews, especially of the diaspora, must not forget Jerusalem and must make a better fist of navigating us towards the goal: the ‘End’ of Time, or rather the Age to Come: the Peace on Earth: Shalom.
The Battle for Jerusalem
“Salvation is of the Jews”.
Words of Jesus according to John 4:22
The last piece I wrote was titled The Battle of Westminster is over. The Battle for Jerusalem is about to begin. I published it on my blog between Christmas and New Year. It was topical at least, because on 3 January the USA took out the Iranian head of the Quds Force, General Qasem Soleimani.
“Quds” is the Arabic for Jerusalem. In other words, the Quds Force is the Jerusalem Force. Its purpose is not to defend the Islamic Republic of Iran, rather it is a special unit whose purpose is “liberate” Arab lands, and ultimately wipe Israel off the map and forcefully take Jerusalem, as its name implies.
The Quds force is tasked with fomenting war and supporting any group that shares Iran’s aims of destroying Israel, which according to post-revolution Iran is the great metaphysical enemy, or the “little Satan”, alongside the USA, the “great Satan”. The Quds Force, in other words, is a terrorist force, which supports terrorist factions in many parts of the world, including Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip, Judea and Samaria, and the Houthis in Yemen, whose blasphemous slogan is: “God is great, death to the US, death to Israel, curse the Jews, and victory for Islam”.
The BBC, the EU, HM Government, and HM’s Official Opposition do not take such threats seriously, but, thankfully, the USA and Israel do. Ideas of “diplomacy” and “de-escalation” and “nuclear deal” with the Islamic Republic of Iran are dangerously absurd and naive. Diplomacy is impossible and immoral with people who are ideologically committed to the belief that Israel is Iblis incarnate. Diplomacy is no more possible with the Iranian regime today than it would been with Germany after it democratically elected Hitler as Chancellor.
Few Western leaders, thinkers and journalists seem to understand, or want to understand, the ‘Apocalyptic’ or end-time ideology that fuels the Islamists’ obsession with Israel and with Jews. Few in the West seem to understand that the Islamic violence of our times, Arab, Iranian, Turkish and Far Eastern, is seeking appropriation of the end state of history, and this includes violence not only against Christians and Jews and other faith groups, but all the inter-Islamic violence, particularly inter-Arab violence (often encouraged and financed by Iran and Turkey). Each Arab, Persian or Turkish faction seems desperately, now, to be trying to assert its entitlement to be the true flag bearer of, and the permanent ruling body of, the final state of things.
This right to own the final state, to appropriate Time, is the very founding 20th-century philosophy – “Islamism” – of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is to be achieved through the obliteration of the State of Israel through a combination of physical violence and what Dr Richard Landes calls “cognitive warfare”*.
In other words, Islamist propaganda, strategic, systematic and often very clever and nuanced, is spread through the Christian and secular West – including to schools, and universities especially those benefitting from Gulf-state funding – where the Church and the people are invariably eager to revive the millennia-old habit of blaming the Jews (and now the sole Jewish nation) for everything.
In this cognitive warfare, the Church, the EU, the UN, governments and NGOs are all too eager to believe what the Arabs, Turks and Iranians want to tell them about Israel and the Jews. Germany in particular seems to be an eager audience for Arab and Iranian propaganda, perhaps not surprisingly: Germany has been by far the most evil nation in modern history, and if Israel can be made out to be as bad if not worse, then not only does Germany lose its place at the top of the evil list, but Germany’s animosity to the Jews in the 1930s, and its democratic election of Hitler, can be partly justified.
Faith in God of Israel informs us that all things reach their final state through Israel. Therefore the Brussels-centred Socialist/Humanist project we now call the European Union is a false goal of history. The Europhiles and the UN-philes and the Socialists will be proved wrong. And no-one likes to be proved wrong, and that he has been dedicating his life into trying to create something that God will ultimately toss in the fire with the deadwood.
As Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher famously remarked to the Socialist leaders of the EU bloc: “You cannot build Jerusalem in Brussels”.
As I have often noted elsewhere, the very word Shem (that we find in the word antisemitism, or anti-shem-itism) is permanently housed in Jerusalem. “Build me a House…”, the Lord instructed Solomon. Jerusalem/Mount Zion is as much the focus and goal of the last book of the Jewish Bible (2 Chronicles) as it is of the Christian Bible (Revelation or Apocalypse).
The Islamists call the Holy City of Jerusalem al-Quds, and believe it that it will not be holy until they have taken it. There is a deep Islamist realisation that the appropriation of Jerusalem is the appropriation of everything, including the End of Time and the Age to Come. And they are right; to appropriate Jerusalem is to appropriate everything, which is why God is to appropriate her – nay “marry” her – only God, and not Muslims, and not Christians.
Jerusalem is in fact the microcosm of the world. It always was, and always will be. And when there is peace in Jerusalem, there will be peace in the world.
It will come, dropping slow.
The centre will hold.
Horseman, pass by.
The Four Horseman of the Non Apocalypse
Whereas the Socialists, the Muslims and the Christians have tried to appropriate Time and History, the scientists, since Einstein, have tried to deny there is Time, and to deny that human being, ben adam, is human being. Time becomes relative if you think only sentient beings on planets or in space can measure it, i.e. that there is no God Almighty who has the measure of all things and is the measure of all things.
As I wrote in my previous piece, 1919 Vision: Albert Einstein’s Gravitation Lens, the gravitational physicist Stephen Hawking came to derive: “the human race is just a chemical scum on a moderate-sized planet, orbiting around a very average star in the outer suburb of one among a hundred billion galaxies”. Speak for yourself, Hawking.
The four most prominent New Atheists came together as “The Four Horseman of the Non-Apocalypse”. How hilarious!
The most influential New Atheist of all was, in fact, not Richard Dawkins but the gravitational physicist Albert Einstein. And – I know I am making a big claim here – by the end of 2020 I expect to have turned him over. Yes, I’m coming from nowhere, but so did Einstein (an administrator in a Swiss patent office).
Earlier in this piece I talked about some things that are clearly going to find themselves in the “end state”, including the English language, Arabic numerals (not least the ṣifr, or zero of our binary logic), and the infinitely versatile modern musical harmony – slightly flattened from the just – that came out of J.S. Bach’s Das Wohltemperirte Clavier.
And so what paradigm of gravity will make it to the end? Not, I promise you, the Einsteinian paradigm, not “general relativity”, in fact not any form of relativity.
The way we understand gravity is overwhelmingly important. The way man conceives gravity sets the paradigm of everything else, from Aristotelian to Galilean to Newtonian to Einsteinian…
All will be revealed. The existence of God will become as obvious as the existence of gravity. One thing is for certain, I will overthrow this kind of nonsense:
“Because there is a law [sic] such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing… Spontaneous creation [sic] is the reason [sic] there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist… It is not necessary to invoke God.”
The Grand Design, Stephen Hawking, 2010
We will see that, in fact, the gravitation physicist Sir Isaac Newton – a Church of England monotheist who, like me, rejected the dogma of the Trinity – was, where it matters, far closer to the Truth than Einstein.
Whereas Einstein was a reluctant Zionist (and friend of the de facto world-Zionist leader Chaim Weizmann), Isaac Newton was arguably the first famous and enthusiastic English Zionist, who believed the Jewish diaspora’s survival, despite a history of continuous persecution, forced conversion, and frequent deadly attacks, to be miraculous and “the work of providence”.
Newton believed that there would be a call to rebuild Jerusalem at about the end of the 19th century, and the Jews would return to Israel after their ** “captivity of almost 2000 years”, following which the end of the age would arrive between 2000 and 2050 (cf. “The Mystery of this Restitution of all Things”: Isaac Newton on the Return of the Jews, Dr. Stephen Snobelen, to which I have linked at the end of this piece).
Newton was the first modern cosmologist, in that he was the first man to realise that there is a universal and universalising force in the Cosmos – that we call “gravity” (which, for Newton, was the very breath of God). He arrived at his theories of the cosmos not only through mathematics and his telescope set on the heavnes, but through his studies of the divinely-revealed geometries of Solomon’s Temple: the micro-cosmos on Earth. Indeed, Newton learned – and studied the Bible in – the Hebrew language, determined to discover what he called “the sacred cubit of the Jews”.
Even in the relationship of the square Holy of Holies to the rectangular Holy Place (same width, but twice the length) we find Newton’s “inverse-square law”, which we still use (with some minor tweaks) to calculate how to navigate through the solar system, and land objects on the moon and other celestial bodies. I also use the inverse-square law in my own professional background: electronics engineering and radar. In fact, since the discovery of gravitational waves in 2016 (for which three scientists including two Jews shared the Nobel Prize) we now know that the geometry of gravity is analogous to the geometry of sine waves, which is the geometry of music. This does not surprise me, because the Jerusalem Temple orchestra was as important as the geometry of the Temple itself.
Newton was, in fact, trying, like Johannes Kepler a generation before him, to reconcile music, and the 7 notes of the diatonic scale to everything.
Good music (of the muse) is of course a form of prayer, a form of communion with God. Just as the greatest of our historic synagogues, churches, cathedrals and mosques share a holy geometry (which, as I have explained elsewhere, happens to be musical geometry) with the Jerusalem Temple, our orchestras, and the evolution of musical instruments, can trace their histories back to the Middle East, and indeed to the great Temple orchestra in Jerusalem. The last Psalm, Psalm 150, describes the time at which Earth is to be filled with music, in which even the creatures join in the song. Psalm 150 is really the musical direction for the Temple orchestra, which builds up into an eschatological choral climax for the world, or as we read in the very last lines of our very last Song:
“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.
Photograph of the notes of Sir Isaac Newton, the man who gave the
world its first empirical concept of a single universalising force in all the
matter of the cosmos. Newton has struck through the Latin and replaced
it with Hebrew: the second (and hushed) verse of Shema Yisra’el:
“Blessed is the Name of His glorious kingdom for all eternity”.
It is fitting that Newton’s theological work, penned in Cambridge and
hidden for almost 300 years, is now in Jerusalem, at the National
Library of Israel. Most of it did not become available to the public until the 1990s.
* Dr. Richard Landes, Historian, on “Cognitive Warfare”:
The Soft Underbelly of the West: A Brief Introduction to Jihadi Cognitive Warfare in the 21st Century
** Dr. Stephen Snobelen, Science Historian, on Isaac Newton’s Zionism:
Mark Pickles, Op-Ed on Antisemitism in the Church of England:
While Acknowledging Past Antisemitism, Church of England Fails to Right Historical Wrongs
Mark Pickles, I Accuse – Antisemitism and the Church of England (55,000 words):