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Predestined to be miserable? — 4 Comments

  1. Interesting that the predestination theory was developed at a time when the C16th expansion of the population started to hit. And troughs were occurring in the Mini Ice Age graph.
    In truth though, while predestination wasn’t enunciated pre-reformation, queue jumping was the norm. If you look at the coronation of QE2 you can readily see that medieval queuing system in action.

  2. Predestination is in the writings of Saint Paul, but those, of course, were conveniently overlooked by a church accustomed to the the power that accompanied its presumed right of dispensing salvation (and damnation) itself

  3. Lots of bits were missed when they shoehorned a church based on the lower end of society into the imperial palace and administration.
    I think I’d argue that the letters caused much of the subsequent trouble for I think Paul was explaining for inclusion to either Jews or non Jews using what they knew. A bit like the stories about the Shamrock. Only they had the issue where Christianity was seen as an offshoot of Judaism. And then you had the pesky question of innumerable mystery religions, prime of them to Mitras, hidden and with charters defining them as an Elect.
    Odd, isn’t it. But now, a time when we have a vastly greater knowledge of that period, way way waaay more than Augustine or Luther, we have less people giving a hoot.

  4. It always baffles me that for so long metaphysical issues could be the occasion of major conflicts. did the rulers really believe that it was worth fighting a war over, say, the nature of the Eucharist, or was it a convenient ground upon which to fight battles for material gain?

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