Some future historian may find it mystifying that the combination of eighteenth century British empiricism and nineteenth century German philosophy could have led to the de-Christianization of Europe, destroying in less than two centuries what Western Culture took over two millennia to build.
DUMBING DOWN THE VIRTUE OF RELIGION
By Jude P. Dougherty
The Annals Australasia July 2017
‘THERE IS an obligation to know God, and to fail to meet that obligation is not to err intellectually, but to sin morally. Belief is not a privilege but a duty. Man’s knowledge or lack of it depends wholly on the attitude of his will and desires toward God.’ Continue reading “DE-CHRISTIANIZING EUROPE”
One should distinguish between Christianity as the cultural backbone of Western Civilization and Christianity as religious belief and commitment. You can acknowledge the cultural force of the stories of the Old and New Testaments – like the stories of Job and Daniel in the lions den and the parables of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son – without committing oneself to the doctrines of the various Christian confessions.
That is not to discount the indispensable place of Christianity as a religion in Western Culture. After all, Burke claimed (in the Reflections) that man is a religious animal and warned (with great prescience) that if people get rid of Christianity something else, more than likely evil, will come to fill the void. No, the Edmund Burke Society is primarily concerned with culture and proposes that the Christmas period is the time to reflect on the second greatest event – the birth of Christ – in the New Testament for its cultural importance. This reflection is connected with the English language as its vehicle. Continue reading “Christmas Culture – the King James version of the Nativity”