The Lost Cause : Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. WenatcheeTheHatchet says:

    it may seem like a tangent, Duane, but if you’ve been reading my blog you may have spotted my forty-some book reading list on exorcism, diabology, demonology and The Watchers traditions. I’ve been thinking about how much pop level spiritual warfare manuals default to what in musicology debates has been described as a “white racial frame”. I’ve been thinking about how the default ethnicity in a lot of pop level spiritual warfare books is basically white and how little scholarship I’ve managed to find on the topic in mainstream historiography about spiritual warfare from African American perspectives when scholars do tackle spiritual warfare as a topic. There are African theologians and pastors who have done some admirable work, though, and I hope to blog about some of that work later this year. It may be the mainlines are influenced by neo-Bultmannian stances to the point where they don’t want to field the topics, leaving the topic to either Clinton Arnold variations or … Charisma House stuff. 🙁

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    I do know among my tribe (Anglicans) African priests and bishops take the subject much more seriously than their counterparts (majority white) in the UK and America…

  3. Michael says:

    I think you’ve nailed something here.
    If we get through the next few days in one piece , this will be the myth that carries a large section of the country forward.
    Instead of historians, the story tellers will be clergy who weave into a distorted “biblical” narrative.

  4. Duane Arnold says:


    It will fit the narrative… “We’re persecuted…” “We actually won the election, but it was stolen…” “Violence is justified…”

    The question, however, remains the same… What do we say about it and the clergy who are involved?

  5. Nathan Priddis says:

    -I’ve read portions of Mein Kampf, The Koran and Tantric Buddist Scripture.
    Tough reads, and I never finished.
    -Nothing of Marx’s or Kabbalist stuff.
    -Currently, wishing I had read The Lost Cause. It would have helped me understand modern US history better.

    I adopted Conservatism (ultra consevative w/a strong nationalist bent) in third grade. No one guided me into it, I can’t explain beyond that. Somehow, I was different.
    It’s taken this long to assemble my thoughts of childhood.

    I was educated in a composite ideology, largely Southern. My school’s sole reason to exist was Southern racism and culural struggle. By the time I was born, The Cause title was gone, but was alive and growing. It had become a living document.

  6. Duane Arnold says:


    “…The Cause title was gone, but was alive and growing. It had become a living document.”

    I’m afraid it is about to happen all over again…

  7. Em says:

    Lost cause? Perhaps, God’s will for a time in history? All here, i think, would agree that we live in a Satanic corroded world. To coin a prase, come soon, Lord Jesus… come soon…. sigh

  8. Jean says:

    Hi Duane,

    Good article and timely reminder.

    I wasn’t aware just how prevalent were various white supremacist and anti-semitc groups in the Capital riot. The link below decodes the various symbols that were present at the riot. These were by no means patriots and the President should have denounced and distanced himself from these groups long before last Wednesday.

    There is definitely a religious and quasi-Christian connection in some of these symbols. Churches should immediately denounce and excommunicate any members who contribute to, associate with or join these groups.

    Can you imagine, groups calling themselves the likes of Camp Auschwitz, Q Anons 1972, NSC-131, and KEK, Crusader crosses and the Confederate flag all in one riot? This was a serious collection of extremists and should be addressed as such IMO.

  9. Duane Arnold says:


    I don’t attribute the sinfulness of man, or the deceptions created by man, to God.

  10. Jean says:

    This is the link referred to in my 9:40 am:

    I think it is helpful to understand these symbols from the perspective of Jews and other non-white minorities.

  11. Duane Arnold says:


    This is who they are, along with a load of very ordinary people who, by incessant lies, have become radicalized. The lies have not just come from Twitter and social media. It has also come from pulpits all across the country. People who call themselves Christian, along with clergy who consider themselves to be spiritual leaders, have chosen to align themselves with these groups. This is not a coincidence… it is a choice.

  12. Em says:

    Dr. Duane, perhaps i should have said “permissive will”
    I do believe that our history was totally understood by God when He created man. I also believe that we may be very surprised at the part we have played in resolving Lucifer’s challenge to the ” most high God. “

  13. JimmieT says:

    “Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents and harmless as doves”. Thank you Jesus for these words of guidance as we travail through these troubled times!

  14. Duane Arnold says:

    Jimmie T

    Seems to always have been the case…

  15. Muff Potter says:

    Dr. Arnold wrote @ 08:54:

    “I do know among my tribe (Anglicans) African priests and bishops take the subject much more seriously than their counterparts (majority white) in the UK and America…”

    I think they probably take it way too seriously. In their culture, they don’t bat an eyelash over executing people suspected of Witchcraft. Here in our land (Salem Mass.) there was a time when we took it way too seriously too. Witch hysteria led to the execution by hanging of twenty people.

  16. Duane Arnold says:

    Muff Potter

    I would tend to agree with you, at least from what I’ve read. There are, however, a couple of writers that are pretty balanced…

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