THE ROBERT W. WHITAKER ARCHIVE

THIS IS THE EASIEST BOOK TO READ THAT EVER WAS WRITTEN | 2004-02-28

About the longest chapter in "Why Johnny Can't Think" is Joe Sobran's Foreword, which is about three pages long and, like anything else by Joe, is fine work.

What I have to say is the simple truth. It took me TWELVE rewrites to do it, but I say what needs to be said and quit. One page or three pages, each chapter makes a point and quits.

If we can get this book to young people and to parents of college students, it will be devastating. The one thing an intelligent young person asks is not to be BORED. "Why Johnny Can't Think" moves fast, but it is understandable.

"Why Johnny Can't Think" is wonderful ammunition to use on campus. Professors will HATE it.

One thing I think young people might appreciate about "Why Johnny Can't Think" is that it is so obviously honest. It is not written to impress anybody, and it is not written down to anybody.

If we could get "Why Johnny Can't Think" off the ground and selling, the result would be an intellectual revolution on campus. That is the home base of leftism.

I have never asked for your money before. But I can't do the buying. There is no substitute for your BUYING a copy.

You are also the only promotion I have.

I need you personally to help me out personally.

THEOLOGY REQUIRES KNOWLEDGE, THE GOLDEN RULE REQUIRES A CONSCIENCE | 2004-02-21

Theologians never mention the fact that Jesus never condemned anybody for not reading the Bible enough.

He condemned many who were Biblical experts, like the scribes and the prideful high priests of the Temple.

There have always been many who substituted theology for a conscience.

At the end of the eighteenth century, Doctor Jenner came up with a means of ending the deadly scourge of smallpox. He found that if you gave a person a shot of cowpox, it would make them immune to the deadly smallpox.

Practically every preacher in London started screaming about how evil this man Jenner was. They quoted the Old Testament about how the human body was the temple of the soul. They said putting cow germs into humans was something no Christian would do.

As a direct result of that campaign against vaccinations by the preachers, thousands of people died of smallpox. Thousands more were horribly disfigured for life.

There is no record of any preacher ever feeling the slightest bit guilty for this. If you've got your nose stuck in the Old Testament, you don't need a conscience.

So theologians find everything easy. There are millions of people in wheelchairs for life. Maybe developing embryos and using them to replace cells could put those on their feet. If I were the embryo, I wouldn't mind at all. But if you can just quote the right theology, you can block it, and if you are a good theologian, the real people in the real wheelchairs won't bother you a bit.

No matter what happens no theologian will ever feel guilty about mere human beings. But if you are stuck with the Golden Rule, the world is a very complicated place. You can't stick your nose in the Old Testament and forget that people exist.

If you are stuck with the Golden Rule, you can't ignore anybody. If you are stuck with the Golden Rule, you have to try to realize exactly how others think and what other people want.

Life is much simpler if you can ignore the Golden Rule and look for a good quote in the Old Testament that saves you from having to think and feel.

MORALS: PERSONAL DENIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL SACRIFICE | nationalsalvation.net

The Medieval Church kept the Bible away from the people. It said that if people read the Bible they would cease to be unquestioning followers of the Church.

The Church was dead right.

One major source of Church revenue was the chantry. A wealthy man could set up as church where a priest would devote his full time to saying masses for the rich man's soul, each of which cut his time in Purgatory. Poor men could only buy cheap indulgences and so had to face God on their own.

No one can be even vaguely familiar with Jesus' words in the New Testament and be less than shocked at the idea that money could buy Heaven.

Chantries existed in Egypt. A man would leave an estate to support a man who would do the spells and chants and other things that would help his soul reach the afterlife. But Amon never said that earthly wealth was a barrier to salvation. Jesus did say it, and he said it repeatedly.

The Church took St. Paul's degenerate Zoroastrianism and became a fan of personal torture. The Church made the questionable advance of using a stake instead of a cross psychologically warping people into doing to themselves what was done to Christ.

The Church punished the bodies of its component people, but it never denied anything to itself as an institution. But only we who understand Wordism that denial of the body does not just mean torturing oneself. An institution is as much a body as a person is.

In fact one of the great inventions of the West was the corporation. There is a lot more to a corporation than just that one cannot lose more than one invests in the corporation.

It would be very hard for us to explain what United States Steel is to any earlier society. US Steel is not the sum of its parts. Millions of people own a piece of US Steel. But they put in money and maybe they vote their shares, and that is it.

A corporation is its employees, it is its executives, it is Board of Directors, all in a different sense. It is hard for us to think otherwise, but it was impossible for earlier societies to think that way.

An institution is as much a part of this earth as a human being is.

AS SERIOUS AS... | 2001-12-07

I had a heart attack this week, but don't worry (or in some cases, don't get your hopes up). I am healthy as a horse and almost as smart.

For over a decade I have done heavy workouts and kept my weight down. Just a few weeks ago I had a complete physical and, as usual, the doctor complimented me on what amazingly good shape I'm in, especially my blood pressure and cholesterol level.

I have family history of heart trouble. But when I got really awful pain in my left arm during my heavy hour-long exercise session, I went right on. I thought it must just be arthritis or something, because it couldn't be my heart, not with my excellent tests and my excellent health regimen.

So first of all there is a personal lesson here. Keep your family medical history in mind. They can't tell whether you are having this inherited blockage that I had without actually putting the catheter into your heart to find out.

By the way, this catheterization procedure is a completely painless procedure with the drugs they give you.