May 3, 2008
Pope Benedict, Logos, Chaos, and FreedomBy Andrew Walden
Speaking at the White House, Pope Benedict XVI April 16 embraced America's "quest for freedom...." Benedict explained:
April 16 was Pope Benedict's 81st birthday. The White House greeting, carefully scripted by US and Vatican officials, included the Army Chorus' moving rendition of the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" -- anthem of an earlier war for freedom which has been looked to by President Bush and administration officials. The Pope received a 21-gun salute. The Marine Band performed the National Anthem of the Vatican, and the Star Spangled Banner.
Benedict's visit to America came just weeks after his Easter Eve baptism of Magdi Allam, Italy's most prominent Muslim. Allam's public baptism itself came just ten days after the body of Catholic Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq, was found in a shallow grave after being kidnapped by al-Qaeda February 29. It was on the agenda in a private meeting with President Bush: Islamist attacks on Iraqi Christians.
At the United Nations four days later, Benedict pointed out: "...it is indifference or failure to intervene that do the real damage." Underlining his point, Pope Benedict then traveled to Ground Zero where he renewed his call for conversion of Muslims with this prayer:
Benedict's message resonated with President Bush's White House greeting:
The coexistence of faith and reason is a theme going back to the earliest development of the Judeo-Christian tradition. It is also the theme of Benedict's September 12, 2006 Regensburg speech in which he said:
In the opening verses of Genesis, God literally speaks the world into existence. (God said, let there be ....) God acts through words. In the Judeo-Christian tradition God is limited by Reason, Truth and the law of non-contradiction.
Islam teaches that Allah is transcendental -- not bound by anything. The followers of Allah imitate their deity. Left without the use of reason, many live in conditions little changed from centuries past. As Benedict explained at Regensburg:
The Bible written in the original Greek identifies ‘Logos' as the object of worship. But when Logos is translated this is obscured.
Without translation John 1:1-3 would read:
For instance, John 1:1-3, New English Version, translates Logos as "Word":
But Logos has a broader meaning than "Word". For instance, retranslate Logos as "Reason" and the passage would read:
The view of a deity as ‘Logos' is not limited to the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Zoroastrian angel Asha: truth and order, is a philosophical counterpart to ‘Logos'. In the Zoroastrian tradition, Asha is the opposite of Chaos, defined by Zoroastrian teachings as Druj: lie and disorder. In Greek mythology, Chaos was that which existed before the gods began to play out their stories.
Contrary to the modern neo-pagan environmentalist mythology of the ‘noble savage', the reality of many pagan societies replaced by Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, was exactly Chaos. Life was hard, brutish, and short. The gods of multi-theistic belief systems were riven by vanity, jealousy, lust, and vengeance. Emulating their gods, tribes constantly raided one another creating an atmosphere of almost permanent low-level warfare which for tens of millennia made the development of technology, written language, and systems of thought nearly impossible.
Islam directs Chaos towards the infidels of what Islam terms Dar al Harb -- the house of war. But Islamic Chaos is not merely external. Life in Darfur, Frontier Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine, or Chechnya has advanced little from that of pre-Islamic pagan tribes.
Secularists will immediately point to the worship of Logos as a contradiction. Yet if Logos is not a deity, man could convince himself he possesses reason in its entirety rather than reason being an aspiration which, like infinity, one never reaches. One might then logically presume that all humans can today be reasoned with-a common and fatal mistake when considering responses to Islam. Another dangerous conclusion comes when the belief that humans can possess reason in its entirety is combined from the belief that "scientific socialism" is the pinnacle of human achievement.
The last century is piled high with the bodies of those slain by such atheist regimes led by those who call themselves "conscious". Based on their so-called ‘consciousness' they sought to transform the nature of what they deemed to be the ‘unconscious' mass of humanity. Trying to create socialist man, Mao Zedong killed between 40-80 million. Estimates of Joseph Stalin's death toll range as high as 20-60 million. Trying to control the most fundamental element of human nature, the Chinese one-baby policy has so far resulted in the death of as many as 50 million Chinese baby girls.
The Logos is the Prince of Peace but not the Prince of Pacifism. At the White House, the Army Chorus sang: