By: Brian Robertson

Having studied Christianity, been an active Christian both in my earliest years and over the past few years, maintaining one of the leading sites on Christianity on the Net in the form of and probably too much other stuff, for me, the time's come.

Above all, I thank the many who found as much value in this site as witnessed in the strong, rich traditional of the remarkable mystics found within Catholic thought, Quakerism and certainly elsewhere. Yet, I forgot who said it, but it was along the lines of -- "Dear God, protect me from your followers...."  Whoever did say it was right.

My friends. I've lived long enough to have seen the world change, and change it has.

Christianity, which was predicated on both the path of divine inclusion and of the value of one's love of neighbor has, instead, become glutted with people whose political goals prey on fears, bigotry, hatred and self-serving tendencies.  Many are in the movement, some are simply wise enough to know, unfortunately, that whipping up religious fervor and racial intolerance and pandering to piety is the best way motivate their sad, pathetic mob.

In short, Christianity  has become the convenient tool of choice. How, really, can some idiotic and venting Tea Party member stand up for "my Christian beliefs" so that the absurd claim drives them to be rabidly against helping to achieve health care for others and the common ground of humanity we share? Hope they at least get flowers from the stock holders in big insurance companies.

It has been said:

On the last day, Jesus will say to those on His right hand, "Come, enter the Kingdom. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you visited me." Then Jesus will turn to those on His left hand and say, "Depart from me because I was hungry and you did not feed me, I was thirsty and you did not give me to drink, I was sick and you did not visit me." These will ask Him, "When did we see You hungry, or thirsty or sick and did not come to Your help?" And Jesus will answer them, "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me!"

At their heart, the teachings of Jesus were found to be so radical and so threatening that their spokesperson was put to death. Punching the buttons on the thing called "Christianity" these days no longer yields an astonishing personal revelation of the spiritual heart but, instead, has been retooled and hijacked to be more about the need for protecting  power and money right here and right now.

Sinclair Lewis once said, "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."

I carted down a big collection of books about Christianity's history and teachings, the direct experience of God in one's life, translations and the books of Quakers and St. John of the Cross and many more. Did it make me sad to realize those books, many of which I've owned for several decades, were now gone?  No. Not even a bit. The spirit in those books does not live in Christianity today, although, of course, it does live in certain individuals or groups out there right now. It is not, however, found in those people that Jesus would dismiss with "Whatever you neglected to do unto one of these least of these, you neglected to do unto Me."

I've been fortunate enough to have found, for myself, anyway, a path that doesn't have the ridiculous and self-destructive character of what it means to try and be a Christian in a day where the reigning voices of Christianity are so wildly divorced from the reality and action of their namesake. All I can do, at this point, is to wish that each of you is able to find the same for yourself and, again, to thank you.

As always, I hope you find some of the traditional Christian thoughts and ideas contained in this surprisingly large site as you explore to be of help in pointing in this or that direction, marking as a signpost your holy journey.

Brian Robertson



[Thank you for the amazing work you have done on this site. I was reading the words of Christian mystics and seeking to thank you, not finding any place to do so. And then this link came up; I too am writing after you have left, Brian, and I wish you well.]


[I just found this site. It is so wonderful and refreshing! But so hurtful to see I have arrived just after your departure! I understand your pain, most of ‘our company’ would. I hope that after a rest and refreshing of your soul, that you will return someday. This is truly a ministry. Thank you for leaving the content here for us to enjoy and appropriate. Blessings to you and your endeavors. (BTW…love the other comment to this post, by Baruch!).]


[Thanks for the explanation. It seems that politics and disagreements among Christians about the Government’s role in bringing about the Kingdom are pulling hard at the America’s fabric right now. Is Caesar part of the solution or the problem? Perhaps viewing it in this way will help you understand and perhaps even love the ones who have caused you to quit.]


[Each of us has to decide how firm we are in our path, how certain we are that we are called by God, and whether we will be pulled aside by politcs or social and economic causes. If we are truly in the center of God’s will, though we may be righteously inflamed with an issue, it is unlikely that we will find a political party that will sufficiently mirror our views to be drawn away from God into politics on an extended basis. CS Lewis explains how politics and causes can be a trap of the enemy in this brilliant piece from The Screwtape Letters:]


[I had not forgotten my promise to consider whether we should make the patient an extreme Patriot or an extreme Pacifist. All extremes, except extreme devotion to the Enemy (God), are to be encouraged. Not always, of course, but at this period. Some ages are lukewarm and complacent, and then it is our business to soothe them yet faster asleep.

Whichever he adopts, your main task will be the same. Let him begin by treating the Patriotism or the Pacifism as a part of his religion. Then let him, under the influence of partisan spirit, come to regard it as the most important part. Then quietly and gradually nurse on to the stage at which the religion becomes merely a part of the “Cause,” in which Christianity is valued chiefly because of the excellent arguments it can produce in favor of the war effort or of Pacifism. The attitude which you want to guard against is that in which temporal affairs are treated primarily as material for obedience. Once you have made the World an end, and Faith as a means, you have almost won your man, and it makes very little difference what kind of worldly end he is pursuing. Provided that meetings, pamphlets, policies, movements, causes, and crusades, matter more to him than prayers and sacraments and charity, he is ours—and the more “religious” (on those terms) the more securely ours. I could show you a pretty cageful – down here. ”

Your affectionate uncle.


Blessings to you.]