Part 2 of Dr Koontz’s lecture on persecution in the early church given at Gottesdienst’s Fall 2021 conference. Thanks to Gottesdienst for putting on this conference and inviting Dr Koontz to speak.
Part 1 of Dr Koontz’s lecture on persecution in the early church given at Gottesdienst’s Fall 2021 conference. Thanks to Gottesdienst for putting on this conference and inviting Dr Koontz to speak.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk discuss civilization, beginning with the Two Kingdoms and their interconnected nature. They explore a framework for understanding civilization laid out by Carroll Quigley’s book, Tragedy and Hope, showing the value of humanity and freedom as the measure of civilization.
Mentioned in this episode: – Tragedy and Hope by Carroll Quigley
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk continue dissecting the history of the Spanish Civil War, discussing the ideological division which made it and the growing intensity of each side’s rhetoric for the other in divided countries. They also talk about the real life consequences and death tolls from civil war, the imposition of the government on the church, and the necessity of organizing your faction to survive.
Recommended in this episode: The Modern Survival Manual: Surviving the Economic Collapse by Fernando “Ferfal” Aguirre.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk discuss the history of state religion and how it relates to education in the US, going into detail about the origins of public school, the Amish schoolhouse, and modern education as a facsimile of what used to be a tool of instruction.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk take a step back from modern day America to look at the roots of philosophy. They discuss Plato, the gap between what is and what should be, and the necessity of religion to answer that question, as well as the role of the regime and the origins of reading and writing.
Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the difficulty of looking at religion in China and Japan, the differences between eastern and western writing and religion, the reason politicians use war-mongering rhetoric in democratic societies, and the dangers of political correctness.
In Part Two on the Ottoman Empire Dr Koontz and Rev Fisk talk about the secularization of the national identity of the Turks and their modern unsecularization, rebuilding after collapse, and the impossibility of maintaining a society without religious ideology.