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Heresy Channel [Jun. 1st, 2014|10:09 am]
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So last Friday was the feast of St. Joan of Arc and I did a little more reading on her online, plus started a second readthrough of Mark Twain's little-known book 'Joan of Arc'. I also found a small History Channel article about her called '7 Things You Didn’t Know About Joan of Arc'. Most of it was factual and harmless enough, but one of the items kind of rustled my jimmies a bit. And they quoth...

"2. In modern times, some doctors and scholars have “diagnosed” Joan of Arc with disorders ranging from epilepsy to schizophrenia."

This sentence is intellectually bankrupt. Why this is even there I do not know (but can hazard several cynical guesses). It insinuates without asserting, and is subtly inserted in a list of facts and parasitically leeches credence from them. It says nothing factual about St. Joan and nothing nobody can surmise who knows anything about the nature of 'modern' experts. If you but move the time period these 'modern' experts are from, they would 'diagnose' Joan with everything else from vitamin deficiency to womanly hysteria, depending on the fads of the time. It does not even have the balance that a CliffNotes reading of Joan's life found in Wikipedia has. At least there it gives equal space both to things like the theory that Joan's Voices came from tuberculosis, and to the rebuttal that explains why that is patent nonsense.

This is why I have little patience for things like the History Channel and its ilk anymore. They are less interested in the truth than they are in revisionist readings of the events of the past that fit their (typically) secularist, materialist-determinist dogmas. To paraphrase Chesterton, they are ever in the business of dismissing supernatural stories that have some basis, and substituting them with natural stories that have no basis.

The person though, the Maid, the Deliverer of France, remains untouched. Here's to you, St. Joan, and to your Master (and mine) whose Ascension we celebrate today. Jhesus Maria!

[User Picture]From: mads
2014-06-04 03:19 pm (UTC)
You've hit on something when you say psychology tries too often to forcibly fit people into boxes-- as a science, it is not as exact as the more empirical fields (and never will be) because it deals directly with a human element that makes a hash of all patterns and equations and otherwise dependably consistent variables upon which rational conclusions can be drawn from. I'm talking of course about free will. It is the same thing with sociology, historical science, and certain flavors of anthropology and paleoanthropology, all of which have their boxes into which they want to put the human person, and from which he is constantly escaping.

And, haha, perhaps, but even when reading the histories, I try to stay away from putting France and England in a box myself. French saints may have advised Joan, but after all, there were English saints at the time too, and I'm certain they were no less patriotic than their French counterparts.
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