The distant mirror of heresy
The modern attack will not tolerate us. It will attempt to destroy us. Nor can we tolerate it. We must attempt to destroy it as being the fully equipped and ardent enemy of the Truth by which men live. The duel is to the death.
-- Hilaire Belloc, The Great Heresies
Hence derive the main lines which were completed in detail as the Albigensian movement spread. Our bodies are material, they decay and die. Therefore it was the evil god that made the human body, while the good god made the soul. Hence also our Lord was only apparently clothed with a human body. He only apparently suffered. Hence the denial of the Resurrection.
Marriage is, quite simply, the only way humanity has yet devised to achieve any kind of functioning compromise between competing and often conflicting interests. Men satisfy our sexual needs and genetic drive to procreate through marriage. Women satisfy their need for protection and stability.
And, most importantly civilisation is kept alive, for two reasons.
Firstly, one of the most dangerous threats to any civilisation is a large population of young, sexless men, whose frustrations are expressed through lawlessness and rage against a society that denies them the ability to satisfy their most basic desire, one that is literally hard-coded into their genetics.
And secondly, there is the hard fact that civilisation endures if and only if there are successive generations to inherit it.
The modern heresies that have now become mainstream are nothing more than a mirror image of heresies of the past. It is simply a case of the old becoming the new once more.
That, however, is not a source of comfort for anyone who knows anything about how heresies tend to resolve themselves.
As we gaze through the dark distant mirror of the 13th Century, in which the Cathar Heresy flourished and failed, we will come across a particularly bloody and brutal episode called the Albigensian Crusade. This was a 20-year military campaign, called together by Pope Innocent III, designed specifically to exterminate the Cathars- so great had their heresy become, so terrible a threat did they pose to established order, and indeed to civilisation itself.
Between the 11th and 13th Centuries the Cathars had converted many thousands to their cause, away from the Faith and toward a rejection of everything that the Faith stood for. Conflict was inevitable; the surprise is not that it erupted, but that it took nearly two hundred years for the Catholic Church to bestir itself into ridding European civilisation of what had become a truly grave threat.
The lesson for our modern age is absolutely clear: any prolonged attempt to defy the laws of Nature, and of Nature's God, inevitably ends in bloodshed and disaster.
The heretical pseudo-religions of our modern age, whether they be "man-made climate change", forced veganism and vegetarianism, feminism, equalitarianism, globalism, or scientific authoritarianism, are direct violations of logic and stand against the entire weight of historical evidence that we have proving that such passing fads are dangerous and foolish in the extreme.
For those who are religiously inclined, or at least have some sense of what God intended for His Creation, these things go beyond merely silly ideas with no basis in evidence or logic. They go far beyond simple heresy. They are, in fact, abominations.
The Cathar Heresy ended with the massacre of thousands of followers of their pseudo-religion and the burning alive of over 200 Cathar prefects. It resulted in the establishment of the Inquisition, a deeply maligned and thoroughly misunderstood organisation that nonetheless has gone down in history as one of the most infamous and feared defenders of the Faith ever seen.
The outcome for our modern age is going to be even worse, even more bloody, and far more brutal. The Time of Testing that is to come will make the Cathar Heresy look like a pleasant diversion by comparison- because our modern heresies are far greater, far more dangerous to both body and soul, and far less sustainable than even the follies of the Albigensians.
We would do well to pay heed to the lessons of our past. Only by recognising just how far we have deviated from the paths of sense and reason do we have any hope of recovering at least some dignity from the tattered remains of Western civilisation.