Donald Trump has picked General Keith Kellogg, former commander of the 82 nd Airborne Division, for a top national security council post.
US army chaplain John McDougall served in the 82 nd Airborne and wrote a very intereting book comparing Jesus Christ to an Airborne Ranger.
Anyone who has read Homer’s Illiad or Odyssey will be familiar with the idea of the gods intervening in human affairs, especially in wars.
Homer shows the gods living on Olympus constantly descending to
earth and directing the outcome of the Trojan war as well as Odysseus’ struggle to get back home to Ithaca. Gods like Zeus and Athena engage directly in duels and in battles, and they determine who will be victorious. Homer shows human beings as free-acting individual on the one hand, and as agents in a providential order acting under Divine Direction on the other. A human being without God cannot achieve their potential, that is the message. But that potential must be achieved in a real world arena.
So McDougall picks up a very Homeric idea that includes the thought that only those soldiers who are in alignment with justice, truth and goodness, and so in agreement with the gods, will ultimately succeed in battle.
General Douglas MacArthur talked about “Divine help” in his farewell address to West Point graduates.
“The soldier, above all other men, is required to practice the greatest act of religious training – sacrifice. In battle and in the face of danger and death, he discloses those divine attributes which his Maker gave when he created man in his own image. No physical courage and no brute instinct can take the place of the Divine help which alone can sustain him.”
The great divide between the soldier who has to put his life on the line and the mere clergy who go through the rituals of religion to accrue money for themsleves is very clear in my own case.
I have been in the crosshairs of my readers George Soros and Alexis Tsipras, and survived only through divine help.
I survived not to lead a pointless life of comfort, but to tell you divine help is real.
Which persons have turned out to be the real villains? The Abbess Theodekti, the Bishop of Volos, nun Theonike, and the other nuns of St John the Forerunner monastery and their Skete in Estonia, the clergy. Ready to kill, rob and cheat and corrupt to keep their comfortable lives of deception going at the expense of the true person and of society. We can all read in the Gospels that God assigns to the clergy who are crooked a special place in Hell. Or we can read Homer. Their fate is sealed by a divine order.