Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Very quick post. It's the 500th anniversary of John Calvin, a protestant reformer second only to Martin Luther. He was born Jean Cauvin in 1509 in Noyon, in Picardy in northern France. No time to elaborate, but the basic tenet of Calvin’s theology, aptly called Calvinism, is that God created human beings for "personal" fellowship. This led Calvin to conclude that all wisdom comes from knowledge of God and of ourselves, so that in knowing God, we know ourselves and vice versa. Calvin also stressed that what we know about God is strictly limited to what He explicitly revealed, so our chief preoccupation should not to be to waste time on theological speculation, but rather try moral edification.

Have I got you this far? Okay. Now, Dordrecht. Dordecht is an important city in The Netherlands. Not as important or well-known as, say, Utrecht, but not exactly a small town either. Think what St.-Louis is for the US, for instance. In Dordrecht they commemmorate Calvin's birthday this year. Why? Well, the Dutch are Calvinists. Or used to be.

The city of Dordrecht ordered a Moroccan-Dutch artist, Aziz Bekkaoui, to craft a piece of art:

The fact that it resembles the Kaaba in Mecca is purely coincidental. That these doofuses walk around it in white clothes just like muslims on a hajj is coincidental too. Not.

I, Outlaw Mike, live in Europe, the world's greatest Open Air Lunatic's Asylum.


PS: I have to get back to work immediately. Actually, I DO NOT have time for this. Not in the middle of the day.

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