Mythology (and the biblical narrative) furnish us with stories of monstrous progeny: the Nephilim, children of the Watchers and mortal women; the offspring of Loki (Fenrir; Jormungandr; Hel); Typhon; etc. The actions of past governments and the pressures exerted by leftists and liberals via the mainstream media, social media, and the police have created monstrous offspring today. I refer extremists, people who began with legitimate grievances who have since descended into spiritual darkness.

It is to the Left’s shame that its myopia confuses conservatives – and even, at times, centrists – with the real far right. Conservatives do not believe in state-managed economies; they do not believe in thought police; they do not believe in using concentration camps; or in oppression generally.

Conservatives today are voices for liberty: freedom of conscience; freedom of speech; freedom of market choice. Conservatives oppose tyranny: they would have every man as the king of his own domain. They believe in the true unity of a common vision, freely chosen, that accords with nature and nature’s God.

Conservatives are, of course, concerned by the threats that our civilisation faces today: but it is a mistake to confuse their alarm with the hatred and policies promulgated by the far right. If we are not careful, however, more will join the ranks of the far right.

Already vast numbers have been lost to the darkness: Marxism, third wave feminism, Islamism, and the far right. Mankind descends into brutality without the light of the Gospel. It is the voice of God in our consciences that rebukes the wickedness of our thoughts and leads us to a place of repentance. True love, true humility is of Christ, the One who, though being YHWH, was spat upon, beaten, scourged, and made to wear the crown of thorns – all for our redemption.

The Passion of the Christ tells us what we are: we did this to Him and it was for our sins that He died. When mankind loses sight of this truth, it falls into darkness. Meditation upon Christ and His teachings, by the grace of God and the power of His Spirit, keeps us honest, keeps us mindful of the truth that mankind is made in the image of God.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

Forgive our foolish ways!

Reclothe us in our rightful mind,

In purer lives Thy service find,

In deeper reverence, praise.

In simple trust like theirs who heard

Beside the Syrian sea

The gracious calling of the Lord,

Let us, like them, without a word

Rise up and follow Thee.

O Sabbath rest by Galilee!

O calm of hills above,

Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee

The silence of eternity

Interpreted by love!

With that deep hush subduing all

Our words and works that drown

The tender whisper of Thy call,

As noiseless let Thy blessing fall

As fell Thy manna down.

Drop Thy still dews of quietness,

Till all our strivings cease;

Take from our souls the strain and stress,

And let our ordered lives confess

The beauty of Thy peace.

Breathe through the heats of our desire

Thy coolness and Thy balm;

Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;

Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,

O still, small voice of calm.

The Brewing of Soma by American Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier. The adaptation was made by Garrett Horder .