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The Washington Post has posted an article that leads off with this: “The Lutheran denomination that GOP presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann quit in June sought to explain its belief that the papacy is the anti-Christ after reports questioned whether Bachmann is anti-Catholic.”

This is what you get when you have some gaggle of secular humanist types publishing articles about religion.

The traditional hardshell Protestant attitude toward the papacy is that the pope is the Antichrist. Capitalized, no hyphen. The Antichrist is the person representing the power of evil on earth in the Last Days, to be destroyed by Christ in his ultimate triumph. The Antichrist is the Antagonist at Armageddon. You can read all about it in the feverish Book of Revelation.

The term anti-Christ would merely describe any person or group opposed to Christ.

In our degenerate times, it’s a common blunder.



Posted by John McIntyre at 7:34 PM | | Comments (14)


In fairness to the secular humanist types, they were quoting from the church website which uses the spelling "anti-Christ". And not to split hairs, but the pastor of the church clarified that the denomination "primarily views the office of the papacy as the anti-Christ, not the individual popes themselves."

Not a crashing surprise that members of the congregation should turn out to be ignorant as well as bigoted, but The Post should still have known better.

I have to say, though, that although the Post should have clarified whether this churchlet knew what it was talking about, the unpleasant nonsense Bachmann's co-religionists are quoted as spouting does not persuade me that I am wrong to be a secular humanist type.

Clearly no one in that paragraph is aware that the 15th July is THe Feast of St Swithen. Interesting chap.

At first I thought perhaps the spelling "anti-Christ" was being influenced by the apparent parallelism with "anti-Catholic".

But Laura Lee's observation suggests that this is a non-secular-based orthography. Maybe in that case it has to do with an unease about "lower-casing" _Christ_ to _christ_ (in the context _Antichrist_). The spelling "AntiChrist" just looks weird, so they went with "anti-Christ".

I agree though that the spelling "anti-Christ" looks to me like a word which can only be an adjective denoting opposition to Christ.

And it rained, Patricia

Hmm.... well at least in their Backmann-related article, that Washington Post " 'gaggle of secular humanist types' " is consistent in the unwitting error of their ways, i.e., referring to the Biblical personage of the Antichrist as "the anti-Christ". Consistency counts for something, no?

We always suspected Satan and his malevolent minions were a motley band of hardline, dyed-in-the-brimstone prescriptivists.

As they say, "The devil is in the details."

Ironically, that phrase derives from an earlier adage, namely, "God is in the detail". (No plural of "detail".)

Whoa! Gotta go. Beelzebub, the New Testament "prince of the demons", is on call-waiting. Needless to say, it's a hotline. HA!


P.S.: ----Picky, of late you've become a man-of-few-words. Our dearest Patricia might soon have to share her mantle of "terseness" w/ you. HA!

Should I read anything into the fact that, as you reported, "And it rained."?

Indeed, those British Open golfing blokes have had to contend w/ some intermittent inclemency down Sandwich way-----shifting winds and some precipitation, as well as the myriad challenges of a tough links course, Royal St. George's.

I'm enjoying the play immensely, but have to get up at the crack-of-dawn to catch the live TV broadcast. Likable Northern Irishman Darren Clarke, and young American, Justin Johnson, will be paired in the final group
teeing off tomorrow morn. Several top-notch players are within close striking distance of the lead, and Sunday is forecasted as a blustery, and occasionally wet day. It's anybody's tournament to win, or lose.

May the best man win!

If it rains on St Swithin's Day, Alex, it will rain for 40 days.

You'll just have to take the bus.

[...] Then Albions Angel wrathful burnt
Beside the Stone of Night; and like the Eternal Lions howl
In famine & war, reply'd. "Art thou not Orc, who serpent-form'd
Stands at the gate of Enitharmon to devour her children;
Blasphemous Demon, Antichrist, hater of Dignities;
Lover of wild rebellion, and transgresser of Gods Law;
Why dost thou come to Angels eyes in this terrific form?"

The terror answer'd: "I am Orc, wreath'd round the accursed tree:
The times are ended; shadows pass the morning gins to break;
The fiery joy, that Urizen perverted to ten commands,
What night he led the starry hosts thro' the wide wilderness:
That stony law I stamp to dust [...]."

—William Blake, _America: A Prophecy_

(You can see the plates at

I thought foul weather on British links was good news for the British players. I'm not sure about monsoon -like conditions. Meanwhile over en France, the Lads of le Tour d'France were fighting their own battles with the weather - and it was uphill all the way. There's something to be said for sitting quietly at home - and reading about St Swithen. (No rain here, alas - and it's needed.)

Hmm--did Tolkien get his orcs from Blake? (I know I could Google it, but it's just too hot ...)

Older than Blake - Beowulf, apparently Dahlink.


Thanks for the clarification re/ the rain/ St. Swithin's Day connection. Shades of our Ground Hog Day, sans the saintly tie in.

Frankly, I would prefer a wooden ark, or barque, to a bus, considering the prospects of steady precipitation.

Sounds like 'The Great Inundation' may soon be upon us.


P.S.:--- I misspelled GOP presidential aspirant, Michele Bachmann's last name in my earlier post, i.e., with a "k", instead of an "h". OOPS!

Of course, this Tea Party zealot's surname should be spelled like composer Johan Sebastian Bach, w/ author Thomas Mann (lower case) added on for good measure. Voila! BACHMANN.

You could say she's definitely going for 'baroque' in this 2012 general election run. (Groan)

@Patricia the T. . Indeed the Brit pro golfers do relish foul tournament weather since most of them grew up battling shifting winds, cold temps, and pelting rain, and have adapted their approach to these adverse conditions to their advantage.

Case in point, Northern irishman, Darren Clarke, managed to masterfully contend w/ the intermittent inclement conditions at the British Open over the weekend in his final two rounds, and was crowned the Open champion earlier today, not that far from our Picky's stomping grounds in good old London, to the northwest.

There's an old sporting expression, "horses for courses". Clearly victorious Darren Clarke had the right pedigree, and Royal St. George's links proved to be his for the taking. The perfect storm...... in a good way.

Thank you, Picky--that makes perfect sense.

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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