Rome: Total War and Toy Knights

I know I’ve already written about Rome: Total War, but I’m really excited to get this game. When I finally get the game, (it’s been ordered so it’s on its way,) I’m going to need my dad’s help to install it on my computer. I have Empire: Total War installed on my computer, and was thinking about uninstalling it in order to make room for Rome: Total War. However, my dad said that wouldn’t be necessary. I hope it’s not.

Off the subject of Rome: Total War I’ve finally started painting my model knights. For those of you who do not know, my older brother has me into putting together model soldiers and painting them. What I’ve had to do is as follows: Step 1: Cut the pieces out of the frame. Step 2: Glue the pieces together. Step 3: Glue the knights to metal washers. Step 4: Prime the knights with black primer. Step 5: Paint the knights with gold retributor armor. They look really cool, and, fortunately, the details haven’t been glossed over as I feared they would be. All the knights that were primed have been painted, so now more knights have to be primed. Not sure when that’s going to happen, but it will happen. Also, there are a few knights which haven’t been glued to washers, so what needs to happen is I need to write down how many more washers I need, then my dad and I (or my mom and I,) need to go to the store and get the remaining washers. Of course, I’m going to need many more washers, because I have another set that I got for my birthday.

So that’s what’s going on right now. Hopefully I get that game soon.

Rome: Total War

There is an older game that I’m trying to get my hands on: Rome: Total War. I wrote a little bit about Roman history in one of my previous posts, so you know that Roman history is an interest.

In this game you can choose between 11 different factions, three of them Roman:

The House of Julii

The House of Scipii

The House of Brutii

Carthaginians

Egyptians

Britons

Gauls

Germans

Macedonians

Kingdom of Pontus

Seleucids

The three Roman factions are at the top of the list. I heard from one review of the game that the House of Brutii is really the only faction worth playing, (at least in terms of the Roman factions,) but when I get the game I’m probably going to try playing the House of Julii. One reason for this is as follows: each family seems to have a color: the Julii are red, the Brutii are green and the Scipii are blue. So, thinking about it, what color would be the most Roman? Red, of course. So, despite the review, I may try my hand at the House of Julii.

Hopefully we can get this game soon. I’m excited to try it out.

The Jews

I know I’ve talked about this many times before, but I just can’t stress it enough: the Church has to support the Jewish people. And the bitter truth is: their not! At least my church is not. That’s not to say they don’t support them at all. But their not being blatant about it, and that’s how it has to happen: blatantly.

The Jews are under threat from groups like the Democratic Party in the United States and the Labor Party in Great Britain. They’re also under threat from the Muslims, (to whom the Democratic Party has been pandering, at least since the Obama Administration, perhaps even since the Clinton Administration.) This is utterly unacceptable. I see the Nazis and the Soviets resurgent.

The problem is, the Church refuses to speak out! A friend of mine and I wanted to put together a presentation to present to his Sunday School class, but when we asked the leaders of my church permission they  said, “No, you can’t do that. No, no, it’s too controversial.” Well I’m sorry, but if the Church’s goal now is to avoid offending people, just to bring people in, they’re no longer the Church. There was a time when the Church stood up for the Jews, and now, we’re behaving just like the German Church in Nazi Germany. This cannot go on! It’s time to stop this madness, and if the Church doesn’t do something, no one will!

Rome: What went Wrong?

You know, ancient Rome wasn’t always bad. In fact, I believe our Founding Fathers used Rome as a model for our republic. Even as an empire they weren’t always  bad. If you take a good look at history you have Rome achieving things such as victory over the mighty Carthaginian Empire, and eventually having an empire of their own. But something went wrong…

For one thing, the Pax Romana, (peace of Rome,) may have led to the Romans forgetting how terrible war and violence are. You went from Romans killing Carthaginians on the battlefield to killing each other in the Colosseum, and even in the streets of Rome itself, (I refer here to the civil war that shook Rome following the death of Nero.)

Another thing that went wrong is that Romans stopped, (at least I think,) believing in a higher power. They went from polytheism to secular humanism. From the worship of the gods to the worship of man. Not that those gods had any real existence or power, but the point is, they went from believing in a higher power to believing in no higher power than that of man.

So there you have it. It was Rome’s conversion to secular humanism that made them bad. They weren’t always bad, but they became corrupt and savage, and as Benjamin Franklin once said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.”

Julius Caesar and the Roman Civil War (more like one of their civil wars)

I’ve been interested in ancient Roman history (particularly their military history,) for a while now. There has been a question, (you could say a research question,) in my head for a little bit: in his commentary of his civil war with Pompey and the Senate Julius Caesar claims that he had to defeat the Senate for his honor, and for the “freedom” of Rome. Is this true? Had the Senate become corrupt? That is a question I intend to answer. My research into this question is going to include two books: The Civil War by Julius Caesar himself, (in which he makes his claims,) and the Storm Before the Storm: the Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic by Mike Duncan. That way I’ll get Caesar’s claims alongside the story of what was really going on in the Roman Republic at the time.

Honestly, the Roman Empire may not always have been a bad thing. They were always heathens, worshipping Jupiter and Neptune and all those other false gods, but I believe that it was secular humanism, (the worship of the emperor,) that made them truly bad. They didn’t always worship the emperor. The Roman Republic surely didn’t have the worship of the emperor. But when they started to command people to offer a pinch of incense to the emperor, that’s when they truly went bad. That could be one of the things, (along with homosexuality,) that made the Roman Empire truly bad.

Research

The research for “the Physician” is nearly complete, (at least I think it is.) There is one more book to read and it is almost complete. Researching can be a difficult process. It’s taken several months to research for this musical, and it’s been an arduous process. However, as the research is almost finished the writing process should be starting soon. I can’t write the music for this musical, (I’m going to have some help with that,) but I hope to have some say in what the music sounds like. Hopefully the musical ends up being a good one. It would be very disappointing if it didn’t.

“The Physician”

I’ve been working on a musical for the past few months about the Revolutionary War. It’s called “the Physician.” The story told in the musical is the life of Dr. Joseph Warren, and that’s a name that few people are familiar with.

Dr. Warren was a physician, I believe based in Boston. People don’t realize that he was at the center of events leading up to the Revolutionary War. In fact, one historian called him “the forgotten Founding Father.” It was Warren who dispatched Paul Revere and William Dawes on the Midnight Ride to warn the Massachusetts countryside of the approach of the British army that was coming to seize New England’s gunpowder supply. Also, when Samuel Adams and John Hancock left Boston for the Continental Congress, Warren became de-facto leader of the Patriot movement in Boston. He fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775, and that’s where he met his early and untimely end. I believe he was shot in the head. A terrible thing, but what happened happened. So the musical is about him, a patriot who, again, is often overlooked. Hopefully this musical will rescue him from obscurity and give more people an interest in the history of this great nation we call America.

Anti-Semitism

I hate to say it, but our society is slipping further and further into anti-Semitism. This philosophy is evil guys! The Bible is clear about such things, as is history. You have to think about things such as the Holocaust (of course,) but not just that. History is rife with stories of hatred of the Jewish people: the Dreyfus Affair in France, the anti-Jewish pogroms and the Beilis Affair in Russia, not to mention the hatred Muslims have for Jews today.

Part of the problem with anti-Semitism today, I think, is that the Church is too timid to stand up to the perpetrators, (like Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.) But we must take a stand for biblical Christianity, not for the replacement theology that has infiltrated our churches. “The church is the new Israel,” they say. That is the biggest load of hogwash I have ever heard in my life. Haven’t you ever read the Old Testament Prophets? Or the New Testament for that matter? The Bible, again, is clear: the Jews are the Chosen People, and, to quote the last line of Marvel’s the Avengers: “To challenge them is to court death.” That is very true of the Jewish people. Ladies and gents, they are so very important to our faith, and that is why we, as Christians cannot under any circumstances, tolerate this any longer. We have to take a stand. It is time.

On Collecting the Writings of America’s Founders

Are you into history? If you’re not, that’s understandable, but some think it’s a very interesting subject. Events such as the Battle of Waterloo and the British siege of Boston can make for some fascinating reading. But the thing about history is that, as historian David Barton once said, “Academics repeat each other.” The thing about history is that, while secondary sources such as Nathaniel Philbrick’s Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution and Robert K. Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra are very good and very informative, nothing can really beat primary sources like The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia. That is why I’m attempting to find and collect writings on America’s revolution and founding. I’ve found some very good books online, including some sources (they are secondary,) on the Jewish contributions to the American Revolution and founding. But, of course, nothing can really compare to original documents. There are some very good books online as far as the writings of America’s founders, including, (although he’s not really a founding father,) the diaries of John Quincy Adams. Historian David Barton has a huge collection of original sources from the founding fathers, and it’s high time to start collecting some of their original writings. Again there are some really good books online as far as the founding fathers are concerned and, if you’re in to history I encourage you to checke them out.

Christian Music

Do you like  hymns? If you’re younger the answer may be no. This is understandable, especially if you didn’t grow up with hymns. But hymns deserve their place. You may ask, “Why? What’s so great about hymns?” Well there’s a lot to admire in hymns. Take, for example, the hymns of Charles Wesley, such as “Arise My Soul, Arise.” Great hymn. Many may view hymns as boring, but they should be given a chance. And I don’t mean they need to be made contemporary, then given a chance. The thing about old hymns is that they have so much to offer theologically. “Five bleeding wounds He bears received on Calvary. They pour effectual prayers they strongly speak for me. ‘Forgive him, oh forgive,’ they cry ‘forgive him oh forgive,’ they cry, ‘nor let that ransomed sinner die.'” Think on those lyrics for a moment. Great theology, and the song has a great tune besides. There are many great hymns and I encourage you to listen to some of them. Who knows? You may find they aren’t so boring after all.