My few reservations against details or explanations of them in the booklet St Patrick after the Ancient Narrations by Rev. Philip Lynch C.S.Sp.
First one I put on p. 53 although what I react against was probably earlier in the introductory review of Flood Geology.
took 1,300 years to lower it to near where it is today
He bases this on Ireland lifting out of waters so long after the Deluge. Here is my footnote response:
That might be wrong. If Ireland rose 1300 years after the Flood, then it might be Land Hightening taking place after Ice Age leaves off, Belloc thought the Ice Age ended very late in the Baltic, only just before Christ "otherwise one would have heard of Danish sea farers much earlier" - and we know parts of Sweden where coast line has changed well after Christ by land heightening, when tectonic plates rise after having been depressed by the load of ice in the Ice Age.
I added in the margin now that Land Heightening is usually known as Post-Glacial Rebound.
Page 60, his text where he repeats Keating's theory that St Patrick was from Bretagne (or Brittany):
there he [Niall of the Nine Hostages] went into northern France
My side margin note:
Not quite so! He went into the sea between Britain and Gaul, between Lagria and France. And the 200 [children and youngsters he took as slaves] need not all have come from the last stop.
P. 94, about the privileges granted to St Patrick, text of the priest, dialogue when St Patrick answers an angel:
"Yes, that the Saxons shall never hold Ireland by consent or force as long as I dwell in Heaven"
My foot and side margin note, since this concerns veracity of God's promises:
When England did "hold" Ireland: a) it was never quite held [Chesterton complained about Shaw's John Bull's other Island that Shaw made the other island a good deal too much John Bull's], b) English were not Saxons any more than Normans or Danes and less [than they were] Britons or c) this could have been an addition from times when Englishmen were hated for Protestant cruelties in Ireland.
P. 100, concerning moral theology, text of Rev. Lynch, St Patrick says to Conal:
'Enter now and go to Eoghan son of Niall who is a faithful friend of mine and he will help you if you take secretly the finger next to his little finger for that is always a token between us'.
I am not sure that part of the story does not come from times when Catholic freemasons (before 1717) evaded English persecution that way.
I have contacted the See of Armagh about this question, whether this part of the story is with certainty older than Geoffrey Keating or not. I have not yet been answered.
P. 255, where Rev. Lynch holds "child's head petrified" and p. 256 where he exposes stones similar to dolichocephalic human heads with names Sean and Tony, and where he gives Sean a pair of glasses (but we also se an English edition of Osservatore Romano), I put two notes.
My side note on page 255:
This could be a) a joke, b) a way to avoid grave desecrations by archeologists, and c) a provocation to any evolutionist who called it a joke, considering how the evolutionist believed laughable things about hard objects. Laughable since the things are as hard to check as the objects he belives them about.
Since on p. 256 he talks of Sean and Tony as petrified by the flood, I wrote:
I don't think myself that humans were petrified by the flood, though Druids and Trolls have been instantly petrified.
That plus the fact that Reverend Philip Lynch C.S.Sp. believed the earth turns on its own axis were the reservations I had about an otherwise excellent and informative book.
Enjoy the reading! On p. 259 he begins a very good essay against meddlers in general, and the meddlers who claim to serve "animal rights" in particular, an essay called "Animal Welfare is not Animal rights" - which is very true about the question and equally true about meddlers in general.
Thoroughly recommended reading for everyone.
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