Thursday, July 10, 2008

Pay Very Careful Attention

In the waning days of the so-called Clash of Civilizations, it's worth remembering that The Hammer of God, Arthur C. Clarke's asteroid-apocalypse potboiler prophesied a new hybrid religion rising from the smoke and ashes of a war in Arabia:

THE SUDDEN RISE of Chrislam had been traumatic equally to Rome and Mecca. Christianity was already reeling from John Paul XXV's eloquent but belated plea for contraception and the irrefutable proof in the New Dead Sea Scrolls that the Jesus of the Gospels was a composite of at least three persons. Meanwhile the Muslim world had lost much of its economic power when the Cold Fusion breakthrough, after the fiasco of its premature announcement, had brought the Oil Age to a sudden end. The time had been ripe for a new religion embodying, as even its severest critics admitted, the best elements of two ancient ones.

This may all seem like wishful thinking on Art's part, but stranger things have- and will- happen.

Perhaps like this- an obscure, heretical Islamic sect has built Canada's largest mosque. And look at some of the dignitaries who attended this grand opening:

Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the crowd that the Ahmadiyya Muslim community knows the importance of tolerance and peace because it has been the target of persecution itself since its founding in the late 19th century.

"In this mosque, we see the love and benevolent faith of Islam," Harper said. "Ahmadis embrace Canada and Canada has embraced you."

Opposition Leader Stephane Dion said the success of the Ahmadi community in Canada, as captured by the sacrifices made to build the Calgary mosque, is at the essence of what makes the country great.

"Canada will show the world that Muslim communities can flourish in a secular state like ours," Dion added.

He praised the Ahmadiyya community for teaching its followers that loyalty to their new homeland of Canada is an integral part of their faith.

Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier reminded the crowd of the cold, rainy June day in 2005 when the mosque's cornerstone was laid.

"What we see today is a testament to your faith and commitment to the community. Your mosque is a proud new landmark on Calgary's skyline," the mayor said.

Roman Catholic Bishop Fred Henry said Calgary Muslims and Christians share a common spiritual journey in their worship of God.

"My Muslim brothers and sisters, we also have a common concern for promoting moral values and addressing ethical concerns in our city through our ongoing dialogue and our work together," said Henry.

Sir Arthur wasn't just a novelist, he moved among some very interesting circles in the scientific - and military/industrial - world. There's no shortage of prophetic undertones in his speculative fiction, never mind that pesky Monolith building near the old WTC. Which, of course, is also on the cover of Childhood's End, a book which in light of my recent research seems more and more sinister to me, as does the author himself.


  1. So in Canada, if you build a mosque for your heretical Islamic cult, the Prime Minister will speak at your grand opening, but if you are a Native American protesting the building of a golf course on an ancient burial ground, they send the army after you. What the heck is going on?

  2. . It occurred to me there is something special about Ceylon strategically, that makes it important for someone like Clarke. More than just easy accessibility to children of desperate families.

  3. Since his 'Mysterious World' show, Clarke has kinda always given me the creeps - Spielberg should adapt one of his books (especially considering the pederastic undertones of a lot of Spielberg's movies) and leave the likes of Philip K. Dick and Brian Aldiss alone...

  4. Larry Niven wrote "Lucifer's Hammer" in 1977. I assume Clark is lampooning Niven just a little here?
    I started the book, it looked promising but as is often the case something shiny distracted me...
    Maybe I will read it.

    Be very well's_Hammer

  5. Well ed, Native Americans tend to talk practical sense about why certain actions are wrong and shouldn't ever happen (they certainly aren't suited to a planet like Earth), whereas those other kinds of philosophies rely upon building specific places of worship and believing in things that are of no actual realworld practical value, which makes it easy to steal land and sell it and pollute it, because people get so stupid (and focused upon the import of only imaginary 4D astral fantasy worlds) they forget the real reasons they are able to live at all are entirely to do with air, water, food, and that kind of thing, electrogravitation working to hold the planet in orbit at a certain distance from the sun etc, and are not in fact being made to occur that way because they pray every day and some giant imaginary being keeps the universes molecules held together in return for worship credits.

    Or as Bill Hicks put it,

    "I appreciate your quaint superstitions and beliefs, but I on the other hand am an evolved being."

  6. Speaking of shiny distractions, David Niven wrote 'The Moon's A Balloon' - which may or may not reveal a coded reference to a Rover-like effect the Moon has upon biological cycles here.

    1. the I Ching is based upon the lunar cycles

    2. the McKenna Timewave Zero equations chart the I Ching patterns onto historical occurances, and also display peak-novelty for the same date as the current Mayan calander cycle ends (Solstice, December 2012)

    3. if you think of the I Ching as being finite variations, then you can think of the end-date as being when all possible variations have been tried, all combinations exhausted

    4. what happens if you try to brute-force attack the combinations

    5. what if zero degrees Kelvin, absolute zero, is something like zero-point energy; what if freezing the atoms entirely equates to a release of energy from the nucleus (now no longer encased by the orbiting electrons, because they have ceased to move) that is like 'a thousand suns'

  7. Nice post Chris! I noticed how much Science (or Seance') has reflected Sci-Fi lately, which made me wonder if we get "caught back up" with the icons of Sci-Fi how much more we'd see paralleling reality? Clarke's The City and The Stars was a very eye opening read. Nice post.

  8. Thanks to everyone for your insightful comments. It's worth reading Childhood's End again if you haven't in a while. All of Clarke's scifi may well sneak in some hint of the coming agenda the entire world will have to deal with. I'm going to be cryptic here but let me just say that there is much more to the globalist agenda than a lot of theorists might have you believe.

    Come back tomorrow for more in this vein.

  9. You're aware that the Millenium Hotel predates the 9/11 attacks, right?

  10. Why would you think otherwise? I don't put links in these pieces because I like the colors.

  11. I interpreted "never mind that pesky Monolith building near the old WTC." (did you edit that? I thought you said Ground Zero before...) to imply that the monolith was being built in some kind of response near 9/11. Just wanted to make sure that was in my head, and not what you were saying.

  12. That was your misinterpretation. The post was not edited. That the Millennium was there before 9/11 is the crux of the matter- it was featured prominently in photos of the attacks. Meditate on that Childhood's End back cover and Clarke's writings in general.

  13. Chrislam - hadn't heard that one before.
    Thank you for my new word, LOL

  14. The monolith hotel is spelled with one N (whatever that means). For some reason I'm reminded of the Georgia Guidestones where they misspelled PSEUDONYN instead of PSEUDONYM. Surely means something to someone.

  15. Oooh, interesting. Maybe it's an anagram of ILLUMMINEE.

  16. Hi Chris,

    When I heard this story on ABC evening news last night, I immediately remembered this post.

    An Episcopal priest, Ann Holms Redding (for descriptive and social reference I'll add that this is an African American female), says that Jesus led her to Islam and she converted to it. In response, Episcopal leadership defrocked her.

    When asked in her ABC news interview if she regretted what she did she answered that God (Christian) told her through personal meditation that Islam was the true religion.

    This is incredible to me considering the dedication it took for her to become an Episcopal priest to begin with. Also fascinating is the mingling of the two religions in a real life situation just like Clark fictionalized.

    Thanks, Chris and as usual you prove that you are ahead of your time especially since this story aired on national news more than a year after you made this post!

    Here's a link to the story Check out the story headline:

    Former Episcopalian Priest Lives as Both a Christian and a Muslim
    Ann Holmes Redding Was Defrocked for Her Islamic Beliefs