Man Over God

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The Inquisitor General in Goya’s Ghosts, creepily played by Michael Lonsdale, truthfully (for a change) declares that the French Revolution, Napoleon and his damn French armies etc. have put “man over God.”

Lonsdale bribe
contemplating a bribe
for the Church, of course

Goya, May 3
Goya, Third of May
thanx eeweems

Napoleon’s troops give Spanish patriots a lesson in fraternity, equality, liberty … in short, in reason:
coldblooded reason, reason with the artillery active.

Javier Bardem’s “Vicar of Bray” inquisitor
himself on the hot seat

(The composition is Goya’s!

Yes, the French Revolution, a descendant of the Enlightenment (laugh when you say that, laugh when you say any of these words), put man over God. So did the American Revolution. (Laugh when you see Americans bend over ass-wards to deny it.)

God did not make all men equal, Mr. Colt did.

But putting things above God is very old business. Notice first: the Temple put emperor, king, and governor above Jesus. Notice also: subsequent churches put priests over God: attribute a balderdash bible to God, putting balderdash over reason.

Human reason has taken so many tumbles throughout history, there’s not telling which meaning is upright: for any of these things. Religions palm a god of magic over the god of order (the god of science).

Michael Lonsdale’ inquisitor is quite right. Still: don’t believe anything else this moron liar says.

(I recommend this movie, Goya’s Ghosts, everyone should see it; though it pales in comparison with Goya – oder Der arge Weg der Erkenntnis. I like the depiction of the Church’s excuses for torture, I like the depiction of all of the Church’s atrocities. But Goya, the movie, did better just showing Goya (and Goya’s black paintings and prints). Goya’s images are much stronger even than Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem … Goya’s tortures are stronger than Saul Zaentz’.)


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Seems to me that some modicum of honesty is requisite to intelligence. If we look in the mirror and see not kleptocrats but Christians, we’re still in the same old trouble.
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