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Stray Thoughtses
March 1, 2008, 7:41 pm
Filed under: CaNN Commentary

Alexander Of Arabia?

History embodies countless ‘What-If?’ moments. It’s a tribute to the power of individuals and circumstances that our choices can make and unmake and change worlds and people and situations yet to be. It’s also a comment on the imaginations of historians that we like to idly speculate on possible worlds. Call it mostly harmless academic chewing-gum for the mind.

Now, without wandering onto topics better considered by people like contemporary scholar Victor Davis Hanson, there’s a ‘What-If?’ of the classical world that I’d like to briefly consider.

Since I’ve been reading a wonderful biographical history of Alexander The Great (and watching Oliver Stone’s magisterial Alexander Revisited; The Final Cut), I’ve come across one ‘What-If?’ which speaks to the headlines of our current worldwide religious war.

In his restless quest to rule the world, Alexander had plans to turn his armies towards Arabia, to conquer, found cities, settle his veterans, build Greek institutions of learning, law, and education, all as part of his greater pan-Hellenic Empire. As it happened, his death in Babylon in BC 323 cut short his dreams for a great empire, a higher kingdom of freedom and the mind.

Oh, what might have been.

Imagine a Hellenized and civilized Arabia of culture and philosophy and order and connection to the greater world around it, and not a backwater of tribal war and pagan religion, 900 years later ripe for the flame of Muhammed and his Jihad, and all that ensued from that day to this.

A Hellenized Arabia would– like so much of the ancient world– have been ready, connected, ripe for the coming of Jesus Christ, in the fullness of time and the providence of God– taking up Hebrew faith and Greek thought into the faith of Christianity, transforming the mind and heart. Christ came to bring the true Kingdom of God, for all times and peoples and tongues.. a kingdom dimly glimpsed and deeply longed for in Alexander’s ever-Eastwards quest for the end of the world.

Then we might thankfully remember Saint Muhammed of Arabia, known for his prayerfulness and peace, for the holiness of his example, and the wisdom of his written spiritual reflections.

Ultimately, the solution to the promise and failings Capitalism or Socialism or Jihadism is not material or military, but philosophical, theological, and spiritual.

What-if? So may we ask for God’s wisdom and guiding hand to shape our choices and actions, to count ourselves as actors– however small the role– in what is and what is yet to be.

We all matter; it all matters.


P.S. Them what like thought-crimes will note the blatant hellenisticalism of the brief essay above; also the exclusivist Christianist bias; and the incorrect idea that living and thinking in certain ways are very much better than living and thinking in other particular ways. Deal with it.


Ungh? OOoog. Bugronk…
February 24, 2008, 12:48 pm
Filed under: CaNN Commentary


Here at the WebElf Report/ CaNN, we’re a bit like the caveman who a guy who once met someone else who heard of another guy who personally knew the caveman who actually invented fire. But– fire itself is still a bit of a technical mystery, truth be told.

We still lovingly hand-craft our HTML, pretty much like we did back in 1994– we even read Weeb-books to keep up to speed. Graphics? Cave-painting with a mouse.. got it. Blogs? Blank looks for a long while .. but we eventually clued in, years late. Web 2.0? No idea. RSS? Takes much mojo, propitious sacrifice of rare lizards, and all the right incantations, or something like that.

Now, thanks to the mysterious powers of Kathy Shaidle, we’ve got our very own hard-won piece of this ‘ArrEssEss‘ substance stuck onto the website.

Please sign on to the RSS, and tell people we’ve joined the cadre of 20th century web-thingy users.


+++Rowan Implosion
February 8, 2008, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Anglican Crisis, Blogroll News, CaNN Commentary

Rowan Gets It, Kinda

It’s always fun to pick on bearded lefties like the present Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. He recently said that the adoption of certain aspects of Sharia law in the UK “seems unavoidable”. For this, he’s receiving flak from many in the media.

The simple fact is: he’s unintentionally right.

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We Were Nuked, But Good
January 8, 2008, 11:39 pm
Filed under: CaNN Commentary

Dear Readers:

Please read: “So long, and thanks for all the fish: An Anglican website opens a window (pun intended).”


Then came the crash. It was bound to happen sooner or later and happen it did. A hacker who has since been traced to an Anglican office took us out for several days.

And again in November 2007, except right down to rock bottom, wiping out (forever) months of data, blog-entries, and information. Deliberate. Destructive. Costly.

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So long, and thanks for all the fish: An Anglican website opens a window (pun intended)
January 8, 2008, 11:13 pm
Filed under: CaNN Commentary

We Were Bored…

In The Beginning..
We were bored. I was sitting at my desk in the largest Seminary in Canada in one of the most beautiful cities in Canada talking to my good friend Father Binky and we were bored. That’s really how it all began, way back (in techno-terms) in 2003.
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WebElf Blogroll News
November 23, 2007, 5:02 pm
Filed under: Anglican Crisis, Blogroll News, CaNN Commentary

The Time Of Waffles Is Past

So the Anglican Church of Canada is the latest Anglican body to bend the knee to Gomorrah, and now fire rains down from heaven upon her. Primate Fred “Synod Rulez!” Hiltz, having signalled ‘Full Speed Ahead!’ to the radical dioceses and clergy (Ottawa, Montreal, Niagara, so far), will now roar and thunder about unity, obedience and Don’t-Have-Anything-To-Do-With-Conservatives Because They Aren’t Properly Authorized And Do Bad Things To Kittens. Ho-hum, Freddy. We called it, & We Told You So, before the fact. Same manure, different day.


We are called to be cross-bearers and martyrs and saints. Conscience is a slippery beast, which is why it must live by humble love and feed on solid authoritative truth, and why we must remember and act on our first response, before self-preservation and group-power and soothing excuses act on us. We who are informed clergy are the worse, for having known something of the hellstorm breaking upon us, and not being willing to risk the gentlest breezes of martyrdom to speak to the sheep and to the misguided shepherds.

Some people have accused This Elf of doing web-news because I’m cranky and maladjusted (more than likely, but it’s God’s fault: he called me to this work)– but I also do it for the love of truth over lies in myself and the world and the church, and for the love of God’s dear and precious people, who even now are awakening to find themselves not at sherry party with cucumber sandwiches, but in no-man’s land with bullets whistling around their ears.

The Canadian Church and her leadership (by which any priest or deacon or bishop holds any authority) is now in open conflict with herself & her stated beliefs and principles, with classical catholic & Catholic Christianity, and with much of the Anglican world. Make no mistake: in one swell foop, CanAnglicans have outraced the fastest heretics and nutbars in the Anglican world. We’re the worst on record in all of Anglican history. We’re #1. We’re #1.

The war is on. The time of waffles is past.




Friday, November 23rd, A.D. 2007

Regular Religious News

THE PERSECUTED Church: Lest we forget …. (anglican-mainstream)

WE CALLED IT, WE TOLD YOU SO: “Harvey will lead a conference of conservative Anglicans tomorrow and Friday in Burlington, Ont. One of the participating groups, Anglican Essentials Canada, says on its website: “We anticipate the [southern] primates will offer faithful Canadian Anglicans a specific option for the provision of pastoral care – which we will discuss.” Big AltAnglican Conference meets. Second retired bishop signs on with Southern Cone. Canadian Anglican Church now in “full-blown schism.” Whitewash, counter-spin, marginalzation to ensue. Anybody seen Rowan? At least Benedict XVI appears to be awake …. (theglobeandmail)

LLAMA BUTCHERS— That’s Not My Church! THE FIRST DOMINO: “Orthodox Anglicans? This is why I keep reminding you that you no longer have the luxury of time. Binky is calling it a day” …. (llamabutchers,

WILLIAM GAIRDNER: Culture As A T-Shirt– “The gist of the memo was that teachers-in-training must avoid teaching about any religious celebrations in the month of December, teaching only about cultural diversity, etc., etc., because the stated hope of the Institute was that teachers and administrators would “become more aware of the real issue: the pain suffered by students and parents with minority religious views.”” More of the same Canadian liberal mindwash here …. (williamgairdner)

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Webelf Report Blogroll
November 18, 2007, 7:06 pm
Filed under: Blogroll News, CaNN Commentary

.. a sick-week here at chez Binks, with your host collecting news only intermittently. It’s almost ready to go online, but today has been the worst (who’s the patron-saint of intestinal woes?).

In the meanwhile, the world-loving Canadian Anglican Church has begun running repeatedly into the iceberg. Either abandon ship, or start playing ‘Nearer My God To Thee‘, because Captain Hiltz and his ilk are listening only to the gods of multiculturalism and synods and church bureaucrats and whiny minorities and other such false deities.

The Anglican Church, as a revolutionary thought-experiment, has failed the test of time. Don’t crawl out onto twigs and debris bearing the familiar logos and comfortable fit, nor take on Anglo-Baptist religion from Africa or Australia or wherever: head back down the trunk of the tree and find the true roots.

This WebElf has been honoured: I’ve fought for and beside so many of you down the years: as I’ve said before, this site will no longer be a combing of the ruins of Anglican protestantism, except in the occasional news item. Christianity is Not Us, and (officially at least) We’re Not Christianity.

The proverbial fat lady has sung: it’s over. Would the last one out please get the lights?


P.S. The Patron saint in question: Bishop of the Church, Saint Erasmus, His feast day is still celebrated by both Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches on 2 June. Ora pro nobis!

Monday, November 19th, A.D. 2007

Regular Religious News

THE FAT LADY IS SINGING— Traditionalists may quit Church, predicts Canadian Archbishop. A faithful retired bishop skedaddles into the Southern Cone.. official whitewash ensues; Hiltz’s former diocese is well underway into politically correct religion. In other news, Niagara diocese approves blessings for gay couples; bishop assents. Time to go, folks …. (Various)

FRESH GOODNESS: Pope Benedict XVI has completed his second encyclical, a meditation on Christian hope, Vatican sources said. The text, tentatively titled “Spe Salvi” (“Saved by Hope”), is about 65 pages …. (catholicnews)

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