Re: [anthroposophy_tomorrow] Re: Seeking Sophia/Soloviev
I hardly see the work done by those who claim
> to be soBut She wants to hear your song Bradford. It is never
> passionate about Sophia showing any signs that they
> grasp the extent
> of who and what Sophia does.
enough that we share her with others we must also
share her with ourselves. All that you have written
below is great but it is not a song. What does your
heart know of Sophia? What do you feel about her? Why
do you feel the way you do about her? What in you
aches to experience her, to know her, to see her.
We can look at her from the standpoint you offer and
this leads us but we need to 'hear' of her through the
hearts that have experienced her. It will lead us to
our intuitions of her and it is there she will meet
us. And we shall know her as she knows us. We shall be
within the Godhead, the Womb when we meet. The rest
will fall in place as we seek her with words.
> What part does the Holy Ghost Play?__________________________________
> What part does the Initiation of Parsifal play?
> What part does NUT play?
> What part does Objective Soul structure from
> AnthroSophic play?
> How does Michael and the Michael School prepare the
> Sophia in the
> soul of humanity?
> How does Repro-technology and reproduction and GM
> play into
> understanding Sophia?
> What is the Whore of Babylon in relation to Sophia?
> How will Sophia proctect and work with I AM's if
> Ahrimanic cloning
> is developed?
> What poets represent lyric thinking and art?
> What is the difference between Novalis and Lazarus
> in relation to
> How does the ninefold being of the human psyche
> become the Child of
> What does this have to do with Star knowledge and
> human incarnation?
> I see very little effort at researching into those
> who have been the
> best spokes people on Sophia. Russians and the
> future of the 6th
> epoch is way out in time and who knows what Earth
> changes or
> catastrophes will proceed this. When I place
> Cherynobl as a
> destructive core for 900 years in Russia, what type
> of damage in
> waste and soil poisoning will Russia present, will
> these be Dead
> Zones? Or will Siberia awaken as a Tropic region?
> When I imagine the
> 6th epoch arising in Russia, it would seem there is
> ample amount of
> fascinating potential to have those who wish to
> embrace Sophia to
> find various profound threads to explore.
> The Michael School asks of its members to show
> active study and
> interest in themes...The poetic muse doesn't come
> because a student
> of Sophiology swims in adoration without deepened
> grasp and wants to
> be sung to by all those poets who do do their
> I would be highly interested in the person Raymon
> indicated whose
> name was BEoft something. I would be very interested
> if you grasped
> or showed me some of Beofts insights or whoever the
> guy was, and
> what his relation to Goethe was and why he doesn't
> talk to Anthros
> anymore. I would like to understand that. Why don't
> you look up the
> gentleman Raymon suggested and present some
> observations I can work
> with to see how he misunderstood Goetheanism?
> Like you, I certainly don't feel compelled to do
> homework that
> others assign me unless I am interested and inspired
> to do so. My
> wife, Susan Riley was the chief researcher of
> Sophiology and started
> at least one of the sites concerning Sophia. With
> Robert Powell, she
> did many conferences and searched for souls over the
> globe who
> represented Sophiology.
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- dottie zold wrote:
She wants to hear your song Bradford. It is never
> enough that we share her with others we must alsoDottie;
> share her with ourselves. All that you have written
> below is great but it is not a song. What does your
> heart know of Sophia? What do you feel about her? Why
> do you feel the way you do about her? What in you
> aches to experience her, to know her, to see her.
Sometimes you press the patience of Job. I consider this gas balloon
of feeling life, unpenetrated by Michael thought, swirling in a
Burka of dervish Godhead reverie, nothing to do with the grounded
nature of Spiritual Science. I don't expect I am worthy for personal
interviews with the godhead. Let me express it bluntly. Not one of
us here is worthy of getting personal interviews with the godhead.
Steiner has presented the facts of why this so and with these fact
we should be able to pin-point our own developmental positions. It
is called Self Knowledge.
Thinking - Feeling and Willing are a trinity. When presented with a
massive download of Russian research and insights, this is all you
can add to it.. Feel Sophia inside you? You don't even know what
this feeling is. For you it has swirled around Magadalene as the
true Core of Reality, as the one the Father truly loves and Christ
adores more than others because of her sterling feeling life. And I
happen to love Magdalene's myth and more connect this to the
greatness of Corelli.
If you have followed Frank's wonderful translation of Myriam, such a
gutsy fighter, certainly, must past through many trials of soul
before she can Swirl in Divine Sentimentality. For by then, it is
not sentimentality it is awakened organs of perception that link
Feeling with the Endocrine system. The topic of Aphrodite and the
Endocrine system has been presented over and over again even in
relation to Seeing Venus, in the Christian Rosenkreuz mystery. It
has been avoided just as many times. Read my lips. Endocrine system.
Pineal and Pituitary endorphins and swirly feelings with out
directed conscious intuition is not Michael School method. Thought
leads feeling that is POF 101. God doesn't come down, this over used
phrase by every fundie, god doesn't come down and talk to you or
George Bush. Angel can do this and so can your higher being. I
mentioned recently that the Angels are working feverishling against
the Ahrimanic Deception... good grief. Standing before such a
lecture like "The Angels Work in the Astral body of Man" or
following the participation of the Angel in placing a human soul in
Language and Nurturing, Mothering, and Nurturing the Child through
To actually hear what you refuse to hear over and over again is that
for Christ to bear the Father God, he was terribly alone as his
entire bone system was infused, as the Seraphim, Cherubim and
Thrones shivered their fire into the prepared condition of TWO GREAT
INITIATES and an ELOHIM. That ain't us. Let's get real around here.
Holy Ghost, as well as ANGEL-Archangel-Archai is a part of those
Tongues of inspired flame you are hoping will leap out of poets
hearts and minds, the minute you mention that you are the true flame
of Sophia on Earth.
So, am I totally off base in my grasp of how you or my wife, Susan
Riley were the torch bearers of Sophia on planet Earth? Because, as
you know, I am the demented poets torch bearer on Earth for demented
cast aways of the Michael School. So we really need to compare notes
here. Lets ask Mike our resident shrink? He is used to handling
tough cases, his own biography has been a tough case, but I do
admire his realism.
> So, am I totally off base in my grasp of how you or my wife, Susandemented
> Riley were the torch bearers of Sophia on planet Earth? Because, as
> you know, I am the demented poets torch bearer on Earth for
> cast aways of the Michael School. So we really need to comparenotes
> here.Oh Bradford.......... you are totally off base with how I am thinking
and feeling on this subject. And I guess the email way of
communicating has a lot to do with it. But that is okay. I am not a
torch bearer of Sophia rather I am a lover of Sophia. I am thinking
through my questioning of 'share me a song of Sophia' I will find
others who have experienced her and my soul will light up with even
more hope as the fire spreads.
Your post regarding my experience of Magdalene is way off as well as
my experience of why her relationship was special to Christ. I mean
it had to be, there is no way around it but that is another point and
post. And, Bradford, you have no idea what the capacity is of the
people you are interacting with on line. You may claim for yourself
the things you project ontowards me, not meaning that in a negative
manner, but that is your story and not mine. You don't think one can
intuit/feel/experience the Godhead? What do you think happens when
you are meditating on the Doctors verses? Or rather what do you
imagine can happen? It is not an all or nothing point Brad, rather it
is an ongoing stream that weaves throughout all of incarnations.
I shall look to the points you bring up after my walk but I have to
say it reminds me of the fundies and their claim to be low life
sinners. Well, I say to them, 'go ahead' and I shall recognize my
birthright as a child of God'. So, if you are judging what you think
would show one is capable of doing or experiencing or knowing a thing
you make a huge mistake.
p.s. Why would it be so hard for you, oh great poet of Michael, to
sing a song of Sophia? Are you denying my experience while not having
any of your own? The patience of Job has naught to do with it rather
I am asking you to get real. And your dancing around the subject
versus singing your song speaks volumes. Words sometimes get in the
way of allowing us to experience a thing. We are good talking about
it but what about experiencing it?
psst. and towards the Myriam remark, I shall give you a pass. Maybe.
> Sometimes you press the patience of Job.I agree. Yet, I feel compelled to call Sophia's voice forward from
those who have experienced Her Essense. (I like caps, again)
I consider this gas balloon
> of feeling life, unpenetrated by Michael thought, swirling in aAnd that is fine. But if you knew Sophia like I know Sophia, a song
> Burka of dervish Godhead reverie, nothing to do with the grounded
> nature of Spiritual Science.
in there somewhere:) you would know it has to do directly with the
streams of Gnostics, Rosicruicians, Anthroposophia specifically. And
Michael, being the mightiest son of Sophia, according to Mr.
Prokofieff, mediates this offering in possibly the same manner as was
when He was the countanence of the OT and that of the NT. I like the
trio of ChristMichaelSophia and that is how I experience them almost
as One in a sense.
And if we look at this oneness it seems, and I am not sure I
completely can state it from Dr.Steiners Isis Sophia Maria book, it
it because they come from the same lineage of the star the Gnostics
were able to experience. If we completely get past the historic
aspects of the Golgatha event and contemplate on that which was
before the beginning Dr. Steiner says we come to a star and from this
star is the lineage of the Father, Son, Holy Spirit and Sophia.
I am of the Gnostic stream Bradford as was Jacob Boehme, Soliviev and
others. I do not only get the physical word of it, although I am not
able to express it back to you, but I get the beginningness and that
is why I am at home in left field so to speak. My intuitions lead
directly to the spirit connections and I 'feel' them or experience
them. And it is not like you, and it is not better than you but it is
different than your way. I am learning to get it your way are you
learning to get it my way? I ask as you are committed that one can
not experience the Godhead and Sophia and so forth, yet you are aware
that we are working towards Spirit Man. No matter how far off this
may be the seeds have been sown and are sprouting here and there. Not
just in words but also in Intuition and Inspiration.
I don't expect I am worthy for personal
> interviews with the godhead.It's not an interview Bradford. It's an experience without words
without thought just love and bliss. So much so that ones body caves
in almost as this happens or at least it seems to as the body does
not seem capable of handling that kind of bliss, almost as if the
spirit must leave it in order for the vibration or whatever it is
that happens to it. I don't think the spirit can stay in the body and
experience the Godhead. So no interview.
Let me express it bluntly. Not one of
> us here is worthy of getting personal interviews with the godhead.No interviews.
> Steiner has presented the facts of why this so and with these factAnd it is different for each of us. Although those on a similar path
> we should be able to pin-point our own developmental positions. It
> is called Self Knowledge.
will experience possibly similar moments of recognition. Are you
saying that Dr. Steiner says all of us are unable to experience
living within the Godhead? As well can you please direct me towards
the lecture where he speaks of such a thing. I realize we are
watching out for deception and so forth and must always however this
does not negate the experiences of those that have experienced this.
It almost reminds me of my born again Christian friends who say that
any vision or inspiration I came across must be from the devil,
deception, as only certain people, particulary Priests of the church.
Feel Sophia inside you? You don't even know what this feeling is.
Actually Bradford, it is you who has no idea what this feeling is or
you would have recognized it within me. You did not and do not. And
you do not even think it possible. How do you suppose she can enter
into the recesses of your heart when you deny Her so? It is not
possible. She will keep walking the streets looking in vein for those
who dare to have a real relationship with her.
Not only do I know this feeling, I have seen Her. And it is the most
awespiring vision one can have just about. It is exactly as Deborah
posted earlier. I posted about it at the Ark a few years back. Which
is interesting for me as I read your posts on different points of
Soliviev and so forth as I came to this a few years back. I was not
able to put it in words but come to it I did. I almost feel as if I
am watching the world catch up to what I found while seeking abouts
For you it has swirled around Magadalene as the true Core of Reality,
Bradford, it is the stream Magdalene represents. And you should know
that by now with all your talk. Mabye if you decided to sense into
Magdalene versus talking about her and explicating her you might
understand and then if you are open enough she leads you to Sophia.
She is the daughter representation of Sophia. She is the
representative of Anthroposophia no matter how backwards that may
sound. And if you look to see you will know of what I speak. She is
not soley the Virgin Mother or Mother Mary. She is the three in one
and Magdalene is included in this. I can not do anything to make it
so, it is by itself. And a further mystery shall show itself before I
pass from this life. I do not know by whom but I know it will be
And she is not core, she is of the trinity. She is a part of the
core. Just as Jesus was inhabited so was Magdalene.
as the one the Father truly loves and Christ
> adores more than others because of her sterling feeling life.Wrong. The Father loves all. The Father isn't even anyway in the
manner you speak. I do not say the Father loved her more than the
others. I say Jesus loved her more than the others and it is clear in
the Nag Hammadi. And it is not like a love as we experience rather it
is a love because she understood Him not because of any other thing.
The love was unto the enlightment not the physical kind of love. The
kiss was the sharing of knowledge not the physical kiss. Would you
deny that she knew more than the others? Can you? Who knew more in
your mind? And no it was not a Lazarus. And she knew before even a
Lazarus was spoken of.
> happen to love Magdalene's myth and more connect this to theIt is not a myth it is a happening.
> greatness of Corelli.
> If you have followed Frank's wonderful translation of Myriam, sucha
> gutsy fighter, certainly, must past through many trials of soulWhat is Divine Sentimentality? And of course, just like
> before she can Swirl in Divine Sentimentality.
the 'stepmother' or as the stepmother, she brought these from the
lives past and transformed them at this particular point in time. And
in all actuallity I believe they were already transformed before this
particular point in time. That it was a living out for the witnessing
of the Christs descent.
It has been avoided just as many times. Read my lips. Endocrine
Bradford, I don't understand your point on this. Maybe others do and
then I would wonder if they did why they did not say something.
> Pineal and Pituitary endorphins and swirly feelings with outIf you are referring to me and this 'swirly feeling' thing I have to
> directed conscious intuition is not Michael School method.
say this is not my experience. It is very grounded. It was denied
many times till I finally came to understand what was happening and
was able to see how it was all laying out before me, including
Christian Rosenkrutz. And I am watching it little by little come
And I care not a whit for our understandings of Michael School method
as if you are the say all be all to this point. Michael works in many
ways and his ways are not our ways. You would have no idea with whom
he works and how. I care not a whit for your claims on this.
And now I ask for your Michael experiences Bradford. For one who
writes much I ask very little. Just look inside your heart and bring
them out. And if you come back to me one more time with 'oh your
swirly dervish fishy whatever I will say again your silence speaks
> leads feeling that is POF 101.And what lead thought Bradford? What is it that leads thought? Whose
are we Bradford? Whose?
God doesn't come down, this over used
> phrase by every fundie, god doesn't come down and talk to you orGod manifests Itself all the time. Messages are sent and are seen
> George Bush.
everywhere by those who can see them and hear them. Even Christ says
for those who have ears to hear, hear ye, and those who have eyes to
see, see ye. God does speak to us Bradford even through the ants in
Hindu literature. We are not speaking of 'Dottie, stop picking on
Peter and Tarjei'. So, if this is what you are envisioning of my
meaning you are not correct.
> mentioned recently that the Angels are working feverishling againstYeah yea yeah Bradford. Me and Ahriman are hanging out together with
> the Ahrimanic Deception... good grief.
Sophia and Michael having a few buds.(beer) You sound just like a
fundie with the judgement on who can have the Sophia experience and
God experience. Christ JEsus told us we are children of God and he is
our Father. And my take is the body aspect but then again I know that
gets me in trouble but the Doctor alludes to this as well if not
coming straight out and saying it.
Ahriman is not hanging out in my house Bradford. It seems you are the
one who went and bought the lie that you can not have these
experiences I am talking about. Hmmm.
Standing before such a
> lecture like "The Angels Work in the Astral body of Man" orAnd who is the Angel working for Brad? Anyone we know? Whew.
> following the participation of the Angel in placing a human soul in
> Language and Nurturing, Mothering, and Nurturing the Child through
> their destiny...Angel-Angel-Angel.
> To actually hear what you refuse to hear over and over again isthat
> for Christ to bear the Father God, he was terribly alone as hisGREAT
> entire bone system was infused, as the Seraphim, Cherubim and
> Thrones shivered their fire into the prepared condition of TWO
> INITIATES and an ELOHIM.What the hell are you talking about? I won't hear this? Says who?
That ain't us. Let's get real around here.
Yup, your a fundie of a different nature it seems. You will block the
door but not enter. Go through the door Brad experience your
birthright as a child of God.
> Holy Ghost, as well as ANGEL-Archangel-Archai is a part of thoseflame
> Tongues of inspired flame you are hoping will leap out of poets
> hearts and minds, the minute you mention that you are the true
> of Sophia on Earth.Nope. Not it. I was just wanting to inspire you to share your Sophia
experience so we could meet one another. That's all. I melt when I
hear others who speak on her.
And I do not really know what you mean by saying 'one is a true flame
of Sophia'...what do you mean by this. Do you think I am claiming I
am one with Sophia or whathave you? I am in the service of Michael,
Brad, and Christ. It is Sophia I am seeking in consequence of this. I
found Christ, Michael and now Sophia. It just deepens my life and
allows me to keep deepening it and hopefully till the time it is for
me to go back home.
Lets ask Mike our resident shrink? He is used to handling
> tough cases, his own biography has been a tough case, but I doHmm. Do you know my biography Bradford? And if you did or even take
> admire his realism.
in a few of the things I mentioned on the Ark you would have a pretty
good idea how it is that Christ came to me and why it is that I am
able to experience Him in the manner I have shared before. I am that
reverent child that Dr. Steiner speaks of in How To Know Higher
Worlds. He spoke my life experiences as that which is needed to
experience the higher worlds. I have not experienced the higher
worlds per se, I have however experienced Christ Michael and Sophia.
> > Sometimes you press the patience of Job.Dear Braford, last night I could not find a way to express why it was
that I continue to press the question at times. And this morning I
remembered the 'feeling' of when I first posed the question: I
experienced a longing for Sophia to 'experience' our seeking Her out.
It became a sob in my throat to show Her our love and in that I asked
I remember being on the Ark and experiencing Her there, and, Her
almost seeking others out. And at times I would almost feel like I
had the biggest secret in the whole world that wanted to be shared.
But there were no takers. Well, that is wrong, there was Harvey,
Catherine, Danny and Charlie for the most part and Stevie Zimm. And
for the most part I did not know how to express it. It was Catherine
that was able to slowly encourage it out of me. I mean I did not even
know that Dr. STeiners group was the initiative for this Sophia: the
hope of the world. I remember Catherine asking the question of our
Angel of sorts or maybe it was Jerry but the point was the discussion
of whom we felt guided America or even the Arks existance. I recall
Catherines comments about her Angel in a sense and I remember this
distinct feeling it was Sophia, and I did not even know Her then. But
the beauty of what Catherine brought was that I realized I did indeed
have this connection with this Sophia, whatever she has to do with
Dr. STeiner,but I did not understand it until she fully showed
herself to me. And whoa that is a big one. But She is still a small
one in the Anthroposophic stream it seems so far. Maybe it's because,
as a few people have mentioned, this is not the time. But that is not
true for all of us.
So, it was with a longing from within me to share with Sophia how
much we love Her and seek Her. It wasn't about showing 'hey I am a
flame or whathave you of Sophia, it was for Her. But I guess you did
not get that.
- --- Bradford wrote:
> I don't expect I am worthy for personalDear Bradford,
> interviews with the godhead. Let me express it bluntly. Not one of
> us here is worthy of getting personal interviews with the godhead.
> Steiner has presented the facts of why this so and with these fact
> we should be able to pin-point our own developmental positions. It
> is called Self Knowledge.
Well, no doubt you are correct, sir. There is "[n]ot one of us here worthy of
getting personal interviews with the godhead."
Is there no room in your spiritual science for the mystery of Grace?
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- Jo Ann Schwartz wrote:
> Is there no room in your spiritual science for the mystery ofGrace?
>Well as my dear brother, "Bruce Almighty" said to George Burns, "say
> In wonder,
Good Night Gracie". Great Gracie was at bat, Michael School 3;
Legion 23: It was the 5th Inning and Gracie came to bat. Infield
hits, bunts, and too many outs, nobody on base. I always liked the
underdawgs. Well if we see our team work shared over the globe, with
our shabby little RS hats, old mitts, worn out cleats..I guess it's
the only team I would root for. But then I'm a Lord of the Rings
While our fully funded flashy Corporate opponents all look like
Cheshire cats: Say, JoAnn, just thinking outloud here, if we had
roughly 700 semi-functioning Waldorf Schools and various other
Anthro works over the globe, what do we think the estimated budgets
of all those striving works amount to in relation to, let say the
700 X $100,000.00 or $200,000.00. Another say, 200 centers, with
maybe $25,000.00..What is our rough global budget? Now, who can
measure grace against the numbers? I am curious just what the bottom
line, might look like. Plus the investment of thousands and
thousands of hearts, who with child or hope in hand call out for
Divine Aid. Call forth with their incarnation and their children's
incarnations, new schools, teachers and salaries.
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The NSA, however, has to share the spotlight with a host of other
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also high on "University relationships" that provide it with "an
excellent recruitment resource for high-caliber graduate and
undergraduate students." Its SPAWAR Systems Center in Charleston,
S.C, alone, has cooperative agreements with Clemson University, the
University of South Carolina, The Citadel, the College of
Charleston, Old Dominion University, North Carolina State
University, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, the University of Central
Florida and North Carolina A & T State University."
- God save America ...
The race for the White House will be decided by fundagelicals.
That's good news for twice-born George Bush
Monday May 3, 2004
The word "fundagelism" has never appeared in the columns of this
newspaper. The term is, however, current in the blogosphere - that
cyberforum which nowadays carries the most interestingly paranoid
political debate. "Fundagelism" is not a word that trips easily off
the tongue. It's a crunching together of the even more mouth-
boggling compound "fundamentalist evangelism".
George W Bush is a fundagelist. Dad wasn't. George H Bush (not
renowned for his Wildean wit) delivered his most memorable wisecrack
on walking into a room full of fundagelists: "Gee! I'm the only
person here that's only been born once."
His son is truly twice born, with two dads. Nor are the parents
equal in the eyes of their son. The journalist Bob Woodward, as he
recalls, asked the current president if he ever turned to the ex-
president for help. "Well, no," replied Bush Jr: "He is the wrong
father to appeal to for advice. The wrong father to go to, to appeal
to in terms of strength. There's a higher father that I appeal to."
There are, it is estimated, 90 million evangelical Christians in the
US. If they can be mobilised, they will form a rock-solid foundation
for November victory for the Republican incumbent. Chads need hang
Of course, not all American evangelicals are fundagelicals any more
than all Muslims are Islamic extremists. But lukewarm evangelicals
(like the Islamists) are more likely to vote for their own kind -
even if extremist - than the opposition.
What do fundagelicals instinctively oppose? Gay marriage, abortion,
gun control, taxes, the UN (and the currently top-rated candidate
for anti-Christ, Kofi Annan), withdrawal from Iraq, Michael Moore,
Janet Jackson's left breast.
What do they believe in? Christian values and the future as foretold
in the Book of Revelation. According to a Time Magazine poll (which
strains credulity but seems to be valid) 59% of Americans trust that
St John's prophecies will be fulfilled - probably during their
lifetime. November could be a last opportunity to vote for God's
preferred candidate. Iraq (ancient Babylon) figures centrally in the
fundagelist vision of things, as does the Rapture, and the imminent
mass conversion of the Jews (hence fundagelist-Zionism).
The White House has recently been accused of inveighing (via Nasa)
against the movie The Day After Tomorrow (out on May 28) because it
narrates the wrong apocalypse. One caused by man-made global
warming, that is, rather than God's white-hot rage against sinners.
The apocalypse depicted in Tim LaHaye's Left Behind books is, we
assume, the US government-approved version.
Fundagelism presents problems for the Democratic party as it girds
itself for the coming campaign. John Kerry is a Catholic. A former
altar boy, he is (to the irritation of Catholic bishops) in favour
of women's reproductive rights. Last week Naral Pro-Choice America,
the country's leading lobby for legal abortion, endorsed Kerry's
Kerry so-called. Until a couple of years ago, the Democratic front-
runner was assumed to be as Boston Irish as his namesake county.
Newspaper sleuthing discovered that his paternal grandfather was, in
fact, a Czech, Fritz Kohn, who changed his name. Kerry lost
relatives in the Holocaust. Race-hate websites nowadays routinely
abuse him as "Kerry (Kohn aka Cohen)". Famously, Kerry is a
decorated Vietnam war hero who, like Siegfried Sassoon, threw his
medals away in disgust at what he came to see as a futile colonial
Was ever a candidate for the presidency more triangulated? Pro-
choice Catholic, Shamrock-Jewish, warrior-pacifist? In any rational
contest, to be all things to all voters should be an advantage. But
with fundagelism riding high, Kerry looks 110% flip-flop.
Last Thursday, the American PBS network ran a programme The Jesus
Factor. It made (for Democrats and, dare one say it, democrats)
depressing viewing. America, it suggested, is aching for certainty.
Any certainty. Fundagelism supplies it. God help America is all I