Society Teeters on the Brink of Barbarism, and the Church is Where?

We can consider how men of our blood carried on before the Church created Christendom. What we chiefly discover is this: that in the realm of morals one things stands out, the unquestioned prevalence of cruelty in the unbaptized world. 

--Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies

Christendom is gone—we are in an Apostolic Age. 

--Archbishop Sample, of the Archdiocese of Portland, speaking on October 9th, 2021

The covid-19 pandemic has produced lavish decrees from the State that have been promulgated from podiums across all facets of culture and society. 

Here are several, in no particular order. 

1. The Vaccine is the all-hailed, singular elixir to the pandemic. It is perfectly safe. You shall not recommend any strange, repurposed drugs beside it for treating covid-19. 

The real doctors agree with this edict. Doctors who say otherwise are conspiracy theorists, including Dr. Robert Malone, the inventor of mRNA vaccine technology. 

2. You shall not use words that dispute the first edict, or that cast aspersions onto the origins of this virus, including "China" and "Wuhan".  

3. Your vaccination is the seal that gives you entrée into restaurants, cultural events, federal employment, and exclusive, sophisticated society. Keep it holy.

4. Honor the CDC and the FDA. What they say, goes. 

Including when they explicitly state a drug which has had 3.7 billion doses administered to humans since 1987 should be used exclusively for horses.

5. Any killing resulting from the first edict is permissible. 

The CDC forbids hospitals from administering a drug that's perfectly safe and has shown, in 65 studies, to significantly decrease death when used in early treatment. Hospitals must rather, as a policy, send home patients in the early stages of covid, untreated, to incubate. They are to be admitted into ICU only when the virus has advanced to the point that their lips are blue and they must be on defibrillators to stay alive. 

The president imposes de facto vaccine mandates onto all US citizens, while FDA-overseen VAERS reports a minimal estimate of 17,619 deaths from the vaccine, as of October 30th, 2021. 

6. You shall not comfort anyone injured by the vaccine, nor have any mercy on them. 

Those injured by the vaccine (86,542 hospitalized, 27,277 permanently disabled, 2,712 miscarriages, 8,656 heart attacks, 10,956 myocarditis as of October 30th, 2021), shall not discuss their injuries amongst each other on any online forums

No pharmaceutical companies or government agency shall provide them with any compensation

The MSM shall silence the injured who attempt to speak out

7. Let the sun set on your anger at the unvaccinated. Furthermore, drown your anger in kerosine, set it on fire and stoke it until it's a pulsating ball of delusion, madness and rage

To this end, the president said, “For the vast majority of you who have gotten vaccinated, I understand your anger at those who haven’t gotten vaccinated” and McSweeney's printed the article "Oh my Fucking God, Get the Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks" by Wendy Molyneux.

8. You, and the government ruling over you, shall overtly and aggressively bear false witnesses when the lie serves to enforce the first edict. 

To this end: deny, reduce, and minimize all vaccine-related injuries. Smear, crush and destroy anyone who speaks out in favor of ivermectin. 

9. Pay homage to science. “Science” in this context excludes anything that violates the first edict and finds repurposed drugs to be useful in early treatment against covid-19. 

To that end, systematic reviews and control trials only conditionally fall under the umbrella of “science”. 

10. Reason as a child. 

With respect to masks, blindly follow the edicts of federal law and your governor when they say to wear one at all times, regardless of what studies tell you

With respect to covid survivors, get vaccinated even though your antibodies are stronger than the vaccine. 

With respect to hydroxychlorquine, know that even mentioning or going anywhere near that drug, however helpful it might be toward treating covid, means you're a sorry piece of Trump-supporting, Bible-thumping, trailer trash. 

Christendom's Death Rattle

The decrees of the pandemic unequivocally corroborate Sample's assertion that Christendom is over. Fundamental precepts of Christianity no longer carry any weight within governments or secular society. 

Paul tell us “not to let the sun set on you anger” in Ephesians 4:26; our president stokes and encourage anger. The 5th Commandment forbids killing; government mandates permit and perpetuate it. The 8th Commandment forbids lying; government agencies lie to us in spades--flagrant, blatant lies. 

Jesus identifies himself with the sick, telling us to comfort them in Matthew 25, our government denies the existence of anyone suffering from grave and debilitating injuries due to the vaccine. 

What has replaced a Christian-based society? 

A state that lies to its citizens, kills them, and crushes them. 

And the citizens, en masse, pay homage to it! 

The blasé reaction from society to these vaccine injuries and deaths bespeaks something not unlike the cruelty that Belloc hailed as the hallmark of an unbaptized society.

More Like a Slumbering Age

But is Sample accurate to claim that modern Christians stack up against those of the Apostolic Age? 

Consider how Paul recounted his discipleship in his second letter to the Corinthians:

Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and a day on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, danger from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fasting, through cold and exposure. 

And who, in the midst of these trials, maintained that: 

If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me, and woe to me if I do not preach it!  --1 Corinthians 9:16

Are we witnessing anything akin to this zeal? Anything akin to a tornado, unrelentingly proclaiming the Kingdom of God in the face of mass suffering, opposition, and persecution? 

As for myself, I am having a VERY hard time accepting the realities of this pandemic. 

Several times a day I find myself saying, “I can't BELIEVE the FDA is lying about ivermectin! I can't BELIEVE social media shadow bans all the studies on repurposed drugs in early treatment! I can't BELIEVE they don't care about all of these people injured from the vaccine. I can't BELIEVE people behave so hatefully towards the unvaccinated, especially given that it's unsafe an unnecessary.” 

Every day, something else adds to the disbelief.... “I can't BELIEVE they'd recommend the vaccine on a subset of the population that's essentially immune to the virus (children)....particularly knowing that many, many more injuries will result as a consequence!” 

I'm perpetually flabbergasted. And this disbelief belies an underlying assumption: that the state, naturally, would uphold Christian precepts. That these precepts are in fact cornerstones to the structure and organization of our society. 

While the reality staring me in the face emphatically says otherwise. 

So, no, I'm certainly no tornado. My mental state is one of plain, old fashioned cognitive dissonance. 

And when I look around at my day-to-day, I see Christians lost in a spiritual malaise. SO MANY have capitulated and gotten the jab, and think it's the caring and Christian thing to do. 

They've so much conflated the church and state that they genuinely think following the edicts from our government means we're safely wrapped in a fuzzy bear hug from our Lord and Savior. 

I actually heard one of my mom's Church friends say, “Biden is going to take care of us all with this vaccine.” 

And, sadly, I don't see that the laity, on balance, amount to anything more than a naive old woman with one foot in the grave. 

As for the leadership: My priest prays for his congregation to get vaccinated. The bishops push for it. The Vatican, apparently, is firing people who aren't

I could hardly imagine a Church less like the Christians of the Apostolic Age. 

The Apostles were slaying the dragon, head on. This Church is so lost in the sauce it doesn't recognize a beast at all. 

Worse yet, they're actively facilitating the takeover of this anti-Christian society. 

Awaken the Sleeping Giant

Had Sample spoken more accurately, he would have said: “Christendom is over. We're in dire need of an Apostolic Age.” 

The perpetuation of this situation, as it currently stands, spells disaster. The state poses a threat akin to that which Pope Pius XI wrote of in his 1937 encyclical, Divini Redemptoris, in reference to Bolshevik Communism: 

This modern revolution, it may be said, has actually broken out or threatens everywhere, and it exceeds in amplitude and violence anything yet experienced in the preceding persecutions launched against the Church. Entire peoples find themselves in danger of falling back into a barbarism worse than that which oppressed the greater part of the world at the coming of the Redeemer.

Indeed, with the FDA's cruel perpetuation of these harmful vaccines, even to the point of inflicting them on the youngest and most innocent in our society, it's fair to say we've already fallen back into this barbarism.

But there's no reason things won't become much, much worse.  

Why? Because nothing is stopping it! 

In order to stop this rough beast, moving its slow thighs toward larger magnitudes of cruelty and discord, the Church must become a social force.

Everyday Christians, en masse, need to acknowledge and accept that now more than ever, discipleship means being beaten, stoned, spit upon. That it means toil and hardship, hunger and thirst. 

And yet, like Paul, maintain that an obligation is imposed on us to bring the Kingdom to the world—and that we're in fact liable to punishment if we do not. 

It's time to usher in an Apostolic Age. 

And You?

What is your take? 

What steps would the laity take for the Church to become a social force? And do you see signs of this sleeping giant awakening? 



Simplicity & Beyond: Finding God in Present Moment

Fear lives in the psychological space where God is absent. Every second is a creation, an act of re-creation. God is recreating us and giving us the opportunity to be who He wills us to be. If you walk around with that thinking, you are never alone, and there is no space where fear can set in.   -Doctor Vladamir Zelenko

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear. 1: John 4:18

Have you noticed how your outlook completely changes over the course of a week or two?

I had a friend call me out of the blue a few weeks ago and we talked for over two hours. Her call felt like someone reaching out and taking my hand in the midst of a dense, impenetrable fog.

I had been in my room crying the night before; the sense of nowhereness this pandemic had thrown my life was at an all-time high. Plus, I was feeling the consequences for not playing along and getting vaccinated. The hatred came from all directions; friends and family members, the state, and the media.

And then, a few weeks later, she called again. And I was amazed at how much my mind-set had shifted in that short space of time. My life had energy and clarity and momentum that had been completely absent three weeks earlier.

Without paying attention to the details of our lives, it's hard to account for these shifts.

Recognizing God in the Present Moment

According to Zelenko, in order to meet God, all we have to do is Be. Here. Now. Remaining in this recognition comes with a great incentive: we live without fear! (Do you walk around acknowledging that you're never alone?)

If God is right here, he probably isn't keeping entirely silent.

How do we recognize this voice? And what, if anything, does He ask?

It's So Simple 

Many Doctors of the Church profess the simplicity of God.  

You are simplicity itself.   -St. Augustine 1

The nearer one gets to God, the simpler one becomes.   -St. Therese of Lisieux 2

God is no wise composite, but is altogether simple. Every composite is posterior to its component parts, and is dependent on them; but God is the first being. Every composite has a cause, for things in themselves different cannot unite unless something causes them to unite. But God is uncaused.   -St. Thomas Aquinas 3

Simplicity, it appears, is a fundamental characteristic of this God who meets us here in the present moment.

This certainly provides clues on where not to look for God: in the complicated, the overwhelming, the confusing. Not in rambling words or complex thoughts.

How would a simple being communicate?

In all likelihood, with clarity. Startling, almost abrupt clarity. With direct words and phrases that get at the heart of the matter; Jesus often spoke like this.

And so identifying the simple in our day is one way to recognize God in them.

(As I've written about in a previous post, I think the simplicity of the Illumination of Conscience is one of the central reasons we can conclude it comes from God.)

It's Personal 

From my own experience and speaking to others, and from scripture, it's clear this communication is very intimate. Psalm 139 tells us:

Lord, you have probed me, you know me: you know when I sit and stand; you understand my thoughts from afar. My travels and my rest you mark; with all my ways you are familiar. Even before a word is on my tongue, Lord, you know it all.

People are drawn to different spiritualities (Ignatian, Carmelite, Franciscan, Benediction) and devotionals based on their personalities, preferences, and cultural heritage. Some take great stock in dreams, or journaling as a way to pray. For others, it's far more intellectual.

That is to say, a prerequisite to hearing God speaking in the present moment is, as the Delphic maxim says, to know thyself. 

Also, we can anticipate communication from God will be very, very intimate: closer than a good friend.

It Brings Quiet 

It's very hard to distinguish between thoughts or messages that come from ourselves and those that come from God. St. Teresa of Avila wrote about this at length, with respect to discerning locutions. However, I think her criteria applies across the board:

The words the Lord speaks.......touch the soul, giving it light, favor and bring it quiet. 4

A fruit of God's presence is peace. And so looking for God in our day means identifying those people, situations, and encounters that bring about peace.

(Note: St. Teresa is VERY wordy, and so I truncated this quote without, I’d say, altering its meaning. The entire quote is in the footnotes.)

He'll Ask a LOT 

So God speaks to us simply and personally---and a fruit of this voice is peace.

But what of the substance of what he says? What does he ask?

Although scripture provides many answers to this question, Jesus provides one that applies across the board:

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.   -Matthew 16:24

Must” indicates a fundamental requirement; the cross is part and parcel to being in relationship with Jesus. And so accepting the cross is a way to encounter God in the present moment.

Identifying one's cross (which difficulties to accept, which to avoid) is a discernment process. But any Christian can rest assured they'll be presented with one (or two).

Amidst the Cacophony

Oh, it's so basic, listening to your own life: noticing patterns, identifying relationships and how they affect us, noticing a shift towards or away from certain people and affiliations. Our dreams, sleep patterns, money spent, food eaten. All the incidents and circumstances in which God meets us.

Yet, with so much going on just in one single day, it's hard to filter through all the goings-on to identify the correlation, say, between a shift in mood and a program we listened to, or eating patterns and a stressful relationship.

That is to say, recognizing where God is and where he is absent necessitates a deliberate practice.

St. Ignatius's Spiritual Exercises merit a call-out here, although I don't profess to proficiently understand nor practice them. His examen, (done at the end of each day) is a practice of identifying moments of desolation and consolation; i.e. where God was either present or absent in circumstances, events, relationships.

One thing I never got about the examen is this idea that desolation is supposed to be a sign of God's absence. However, accepting a cross oftentimes yields despair and discouragement.

Anyhoo, for me, simply transcribing what occurred during a week, or over the course of a month, brings me to a more conscious awareness of all aspects of my life. Rather than simply shuffling through the events of the day, it forces me to pause and look at them.

Who has come into my life? What activities have I been drawn to? What, if anything, might God have been telling me in a dream, or through a series of coincidences?

It's VERY interesting to read back through these entries. I certainly notice developments over the course of several weeks or months. And the hand of God at work in ways that weren’t clear in the moment.

For example, during a year when I traveled the world, on three separate occasions I coincidentally ended up in a city where a friend or family member was visiting at the same time. This happened in Dublin, Porto, and London. It struck me as an uncanny coincidence in retrospect, and I interpret it as God providing me with companionship in a place where I'd otherwise have been on my own.

With respect to the episode I related at the beginning of this article: when I looked through everything that transpired during the three weeks in which my mood shifted so dramatically, I identified several things to attribute it to. One was registering to attend the Porcfest in June of 2022. Having a future plan, with people who are (hopefully) sympathetic to my POV, put a completely different framing around my circumstances.

Well, if you've followed my somewhat meandering thought process up to this point, then here you are.

What about you? Do you have any practices that you use to listen to God in your everyday?

1 The Confessions. St. Augustine, Chapter 4 

2Story of a Soul. St. Therese of Lisieux, Chapter 8

3 Summa Theologica Part I, Thomas Aquinas. 1213. Question 3

4 Volume 1: The Collected Works of St. Teresa of Avila, translated by Kieran Kavanaugh, OCD & Otilio Rodriguex, OCD, 1976. Pg 163. “Another sign more noticeable than all the others is that these words composed by the intellect do not produce any effect. Those the Lord speaks are both words and works. And even though the words may not be devotional ones but words of reproof, they dispose the soul and prepare it from the very beginning, and they touch it, giving it light, favor and bring it quiet. And if the soul suffers dryness, agitation and worry, these are taken away as though by a stroke of the hand since it seems the Lord wants it to understand that He is powerful and that His words are works.”



Tell Me About Your God, Governor Hochul. I Didn't Read About Him in Scripture

We're hearing it over and over again: God and Jesus are pro-vaccine, and to be Christ-like, we need to fall in line. 

New York Governor Kathy Hochul spoke to an audience in Brooklyn last Sunday and had this to say: 

I prayed a lot to God during this time and you know what, God did answer our prayers. He made the smartest men and women, the scientists, the doctors, the researchers — he made them come up with a vaccine. That is from God to us and we must say, ‘Thank you, God. Thank you.'

I need you to be my apostles. I need you to go out and talk about it and say, ‘We owe this to each other. We love each other.’ Jesus taught us to love one another and how do you show that love but to care about each other enough to say, ‘Please get the vaccine because I love you and I want you to live?

John L. Micek, Editor of Pennsylvania Capital-Star, published this in August:

From the time they’re children, most Americans are taught there’s no higher good than loving their neighbor....when you tell people that getting vaccinated allows them to live out one of the core tenets of Christianity the message tends to resonate.

When he’s been out on the stump, President Biden (along with his lieutenants) has pitched getting vaccinated as the selfless, patriotic thing to do.

The new polling data show there’s a role for America’s religious leaders — regardless of sect or creed — to play from the pulpit as well.

The priest at my parish assumed this role and told us he was praying we'd all take the vaccine. 

They're hitting us pretty hard with this message. But are people really falling for it?  'Cause let's face it: “Do x because God said so” is the lamest trick in the book. 

The problem in this instance is that the 'God' and 'Jesus' they speak of bear no resemblance the God and Jesus of Scripture. 

The 8th Commandment 

If we know anything about the God of The Old and New Testament, it'd be the Ten Commandments that he gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai after he'd delivered the Israelite from slavery in Egypt: the tenants upon which his Chosen People were to live thier lives and base their society. 

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us: “The gift of the Commandments is the gift of God himself and his holy will. In making his will known, God reveals himself to his people.” (2059)

That is to say, the Ten Commandments show us unmistakeable characteristics of God. The 8th of these commandments is: 

You shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)

Simply put, don't lie. The Catechism fleshes out how this commandment applies in the realm of the state and media:

Nothing can justify recourse to disinformation for manipulating public opinion through the media. (2498)

Moral judgement must condemn the plague of totalitarian states which systematically falsify the truth, exercise political control of opinion through the media and.....imagine they secure their tyranny by strangling and repressing everything they consider "thought crimes". (2499)

K, so what's wrong, then, about conflating the God of Scripture, who condemns misinformation and falsification, with the vaccine? 

It's that the entire vaccine narrative is founded on obfuscation of scientific data and outright lies. 

They're then using this fictional narrative to mandate, shame and cajole us into practicing charity. There is a little old lady who might die if you don't take the vaccine. 

Their House of Cards

The vaccine narrative, simply put, is this: the vaccine is the elixir to this heinous pandemic. It's the sole solution. And it's totally safe. 

A narrative with such a flagrant lies and misrepresentations that it takes just a few small nudges for it to totally collapse. 

Yarn Spinners at the FDA

As I stated in my last post, The Food and Drug Administration's EUA for Vaccines to Prevent Covid-19 states on page 3:

FDA may issue an EUA after FDA has determined that the following statutory requirements are met:

There is no adequate, approved, and available alternative to the product for diagnosing, preventing, or treating the disease or condition.

The scientific evidence that ivermectin alone is a more than adequate solution for treating covid is overwhelming and irrefutable. Consider Dr. Pierre Kory's studies, Theresa Lawie's Systematic Review, and the other 65 studies conducted with over 45,000 patients, all of which conclude that ivermectin used in early-treatment significantly reduces hospitalizations and deaths.

So what is the FDA really doing approving this experimental vaccine? Talk about heinous irresponsibility and deception. They know damn well there's another--much safer--solution for treating covid. The evidence is staring them in the face. 

Only Exit Ramp: Vaccine 

These tellers of tall tales persistently claim that the vaccine is the central solution to ending pandemic. Biden recently said we can get back to normal when 98% of the population is vaccinated

Yet, again, the evidence overflows that we have numerous alternative treatments to reduce hospitalizations and deaths. In addition to ivermectin, over 20 other drugs and vitamins, in over 980 studies, have demonstrated to be, (and I'll go ahead and steal this phrase from Biden & the CDC), “safe and effective”.  

The perpetuation of this mantra that vaccines are the only way out is clearly using disinformation to manipulate public opinion. 

Repeat, Only Exit Ramp: Vaccine!

Not only are they refusing to acknowledge these data on alternatives the vaccine, but they're systematically obscuring and silencing any knowledge of this information in an overt political control of public opinion. 

This Twitter account for C19early.com, which shares all of the scientific studies on early-treatment drugs, has been suspended.  And ivermectin cannot be discussed in YouTube, unless it's in videos like this one that dismiss the evidence supporting it.  

Plus, we're deluged with misinformation about ivermectin. The FDA, cooperating with Big Tech, are propagating the absurdity that it's used exclusively for horses, when the facts are that people use it all the time and it's perfectly safe. 

Consider this data about ivermectin, related by Dr. Pierre Kory:

3.7 billion doses have been administered since it was developed since 1987.  Over 60% of Sub-Sahara Africa takes it on a yearly basis.  It has an unparalleled safety profile with almost no side effects...You cannot come up with a credible argument to not use it. 

Then consider this tweet from the FDA: 

An explicit lie, coming right from a government agency.  Can't see how God would be on board with this falsification of the truth.

Another Fable: It's Perfectly Safe

CDC, Biden, FDA continue pound us with the message that the vaccines are safe and effective. While the evidence says anything but. 

Consider VAERS; the Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System, overseen by the FDA and CDC. The current reported deaths due to the vaccine are 15,386, while heart attacks are at 27,191, strokes 1,692, and miscarriages 1,648. Then consider that these number are generally underreported and they represent about 20% of the actual incidents. 

Not to mention that this vaccine is experimental: there's no way at this point we can know the long-term effects.

To inform us that it's safe, then again, is just a bald-face lie. And a scary one at that.  Coming right from the mouth of our POTUS

It's utterly preposterous to think a God who's nature is reflected in an abhorrence for deceit and a love for truth would be party to anything related to this vaccine. Governor Hochul, in claiming this to be the case, has provided us with a good laugh. 

Jesus the Sophisticate?!

It doesn't take long to page through scripture and get an idea of who Jesus is.  He healed blind beggars, lepers, cripples. He loathed displays of snobbery and arrogance (Luke 18: 9-14) and sided with the humble and simple (Mark 12: 41-44), and he himself camped out in meadows (Luke 9:58). He thought the in-crowed was a facade; a mirage he wanted nothing to do with (Luke 11:43) and cautioned his disciples against his delusion (Luke 12:1-3). He sided with the persecuted (John 8 1-11) and was deeply invested in people who were shunned by society (John 4). 

He says Mathew 25 that he'll judge our own conduct by the same criteria: how did we treat the stranger, the sick, the prisoner, and the hungry in our midst?

Throughout all four Gospels, we consistently see a person who stands in radical solidarity with those on the margins. 

Consider the two-tiered society that is breaking out in the world today due to vaccines. 

The unvaccinated are unable to eat in public anymore in places like San Francisco. People who object to the vaccine on religious grounds are losing work in droves. Families are excluding their unvaccinated members from even entering their homes. And others go out of their way to sling feces into the faces of the unvaccinated. 

The hatred, as I said before, is venomous and palpable. I'll go ahead and just repeat this little gem from Wendy Molyneaux's essay in McSweeney's that I included in a previous post:

for god’s sake, get your fucking ass out of your chair, go to the fucking pharmacy, and get a fucking vaccine, you absolute conscienceless fucking fuck fuck fuck. Get it. Get the fucking vaccine. Fuck you. Fuck fuck fuck. Fuck. Fuck you. Fuck!

Society is also becoming overtly classist. Obama just held a party with a (I'm using White House correspondent Annie Karni's words) “sophisticated, vaccinated” crowd, where no one but the servants wore masks.  And Kate Mulvey just wrote a piece on why she's “disinviting her unvaccinated friends to her dinner parties.”

To be vaccinated means you're in the in-crowd. You're running with the right people. You're party to all the dinner parties.

Where would Jesus choose to take a seat in this setting? At a swank party on Martha's Vineyard, pushing back highballs served to him by a faceless masked servant? Or clinking glasses in the milieus of Mulveny's set, once she's purged the unclean from her midst?

To think someone who sides with the most marginalized, spit-upon, and despised members of society would be caught dead in these exclusive, elitist environments belies a fundamental misunderstanding of Scripture. 

An Unknown God

They're comically non-sensical, these claims that vaccinations are part and parcel to being Christian.  No one with a rudimentary knowledge of Scripture could fall for it. 

But this begs the question: who IS this god who Governor Hochul has genuflected to and communes with?  

I can identify some of his characteristics. He deals in deceit, and isn't at all into freedom. 

Maybe it's the god the Greeks built a temple to at the Areopagus.  But I don't want to jump to conclusions.  Since she's eager to preach about him, I'd like for her to apologize still further: what is the theology behind this god? 

Because we're certainly not seeing the last of him. It's good to know what we're up against.