Thursday, February 11, 2010

The end of the world as we know it

The more that the Christian underpinnings of Western society are removed, the closer we move to that time when, as Thomas Hobbes wrote long ago, life will be "nasty, brutish, and short" once again, as it was before the advent of Christianity. The otherwise well meaning individuals who shuck Christian theology in favor of a supposedly more enlightened secularism and/or Eastern religious belief don't seem to have a firm grasp of the fact that Western culture is like a house of cards, and when you remove the card at the bottom of the house, which is Christian theology, everything else falls. Christianity's twin beliefs that each and every human being is created in the image of God and that God became man to restore that image lie at the very heart, center, and foundation of Western culture as we know it. Without this theology, human beings have no inherent value. This "dangerous idea" of Christianity stands as a direct counterpoint to the pre-Christian world it conquered, and to the pre-Christian world that still dominates many places. Trash it at your own risk.

Read this from John Sinodopoulos' blog Mystagogy.

7 comments:

  1. Here is what I question. I know we often say that Christian theology is the underpinning factor in Western culture, but do you think that's really true? I'd say it's based on secular humanism and enlightenment philosophy. I'd say Christian theology has been allowed to thrive at times within Western culture, but I don't think Western culture is built on it.

    Have you read The Search For Christian America by Mark Noll?

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  2. David,

    I have tried to send you an email both from my Verizon account and through the email address on your blog. However, the emails have failed to reach you. Not sure what I should do.

    Is there some way I can reach you successfully by email?

    I appreciate your response as time permits.

    Darlene

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  3. If I may try to answer Kacie's question,

    I think the answer is "sort of." Early Western medieval culture was thoroughly Christian and did set a lot of things in motion for Western culture. Later Western medieval culture implicitly rejected a good bit of its earlier Christian heritage (see the movements by the Papacy, Filioque, etc).

    Srdja Trifkovic has called the Filioque "Theolgical Revolutionarism," which spills over into the Renaissance, Enlightenemnt, and the horrors of modernity.

    Noll's thesis is half-right. He is correct that much of America's founders were vague theists at best, deists at worse--Freemasons almost to the last man (of course, Noll doesn't dwell on the conspiracy-oriented nature of the Founding Fathers' freemasonry). So he's right on that point. He ignores (in most of his works) the real Christian expressions by the commoner.

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  4. Darlene:

    I'm not sure what the problem is... hm...

    Just to make sure you have the right e-mail address: davidpwithun@yahoo.com

    If that doesn't work, you can try my military e-mail: david.p.withun@us.army.mil

    And if THAT doesn't work, then you can pass your e-mail to me in one of the comboxes here and I'll try e-mailing you.

    And if THAT doesn't work... we'll have to figure out something else :-/

    Aren't computers fun? ;)

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  5. Kacie:

    I know it's hard to see sometimes :-P but even secular humanism and enlightenment philosophy are the offspring, perverted though they be, of Christianity. Enlightenment ideals like human equality and inherent value, or even the scientific investigation of nature, couldn't have arisen in an ancient pagan context which viewed humans are inherently unequal and nature as chaostic and whimsical -- only Christianity, once it had established that humans are all equal before God and have inherent value as being in the image of God, and had cleared away the old river gods and tree spirits, and laughed away the old magical worldview of the pagans -- could have given rise to the Enlightenment.

    The problem is that without God none of it makes sense. Humans are equal because they are equal in the sight of God -- without God, it's absurd to say they're equal. Humans have inherent value because they're created in the image of God -- without God, they only have as much value as their contributions to the whole (utilitarianism). Nature is orderly because an orderly God created it -- without God, nature is either capricious or only as useful as we make it. Etc.

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  6. David,

    Here is my email address:
    scruffy04@verizon.net.

    Btw, I encourage you to drop by and say hello to George Weis at his blog pathoftheweis.blogspot.com

    He has been on a journey toward Orthodoxy for quite some time and entered an Orthodox church for the first time today. He has a strong desire to be taught and a zeal for our Lord Jesus.

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  7. David! Well put my friend. I often imagine a rather "brutish" time myself. I have long retired the END TIME craze I was razed under, but I await a time of persecution for Christians... a greater more widespread persecution.

    The American "WEST" is rank with all the dirty offspring of a wide variety of theological positions that melted in the big bubbling pot... and the result is a society that is rotting. The Card at the bottom of the house of cards is being pulled, and we await the tumble down effect into an even worse state of things.

    Blessings in Christ our King,
    -g-

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