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Like the previous item outlining the beginnings of a Christian worldview using John of Damascus (and outlined here by this site’s Statement of Faith), it is sometimes worthwhile to remind ourselves that our beliefs and worldviews have consequences, and that some worldviews are simply incompatible with each other. I have highlighted several news/current events items in order to demonstrate the continuing lack of cultural consensus, and how there really is a “war” or sorts going on, both in the U.S. and throughout the West, especially against orthodox Christians and traditionalists.
University Shuts Down Christian Groups as “Discriminatory” for Requiring Leaders to Be Christian.
While I could provide several other examples, it is clear that the current secularist and pluralist worldview is increasingly hostile to the classical Christian faith of the West, and that Christians and traditional-minded Westerners should be prepared for it to continue. Gird Thyself!
“Law increases as cultural consensus decreases.” I encountered this statement in a review of James Hunter’s recent book, “To Change the World,” found in the latest Touchstone Magazine (which is highly recommended by the way). This eerily echos David F. Wells, who in his book “Losing Our Virtue,” talks of a sliding scale of absolute freedom and absolute autocracy, with the lack of virtue leading to the latter. In other words, since we now live in a “low consensus society,” we are now held together by the secularist state and the increasing powers that belong to it, and little else. Since there is no longer any consensus, “every faction that seeks state power does so in order to impose its understanding of the good on the whole society.” (Hunter Baker, Touchstone) This is why moral issues such as abortion and homosexuality have been increasingly politicized, as worldviews compete with each other. Humans inherently desire some sort of order, and the lack of cultural consensus causes many to look to a top-down legal solution to provide some sort of order.
This also relates to a question I asked in a post quite awhile ago, relating to whether or not America is even a nation anymore, or a variety of nations held together by geographic accident and state control. If a nation or people is defined as those who share a common faith, heroes, history, holidays, festivals, language, the arts and the like, the U.S. and many countries of the West have ceased being nations long ago. Instead they are supposedly bound together by some sort of romantic, “progressive,” idealistic idea of egalitarian democracy as a sort of savior (based on an ever-increasing list of rights that come from “natural” sources). While there may be pockets of what one might call consensus cultures, most large cities on the coasts and the states they reside in have abandoned any semblance of cultural unity for the sake of “diversity” as some sort of inherent value.
In summary, as the West increasingly abandons its own heritage, look for a great increase in the amount of litigation and legislation to try and either “preserve ” or “change” society, while individuals and communities become increasingly “tribal” in order to foster some sort of healthy, culture-sustaining community. Those who try to do this, will of course be labeled “bigots,” “racists,” “______phobic,” etc…Perhaps we will see the rise of city-states/principalities again?
Any comments or solutions?
One of the sessions that I teach regularly is entitled “Worldviews At War” found in the “notes” section of this website. An idea that starts to become prevalent in the ultramodern era, and in certain postmodern circles as well is the idea of the autonomous individual, accountable to no authority but the self. This means one can simply choose everything that one does or is, including one’s own identity, regardless of the created order, Church, Scripture, tradition, family, or any sort of societal norms. Choice in this case is inherently virtuous, and the consequences are immaterial, or privy to one’s private interpretation of truth. This is of course at variance with the Christian and Classical worldview, and leads to increasing levels of evil behavior being praised as “diversity” or “choice.” As noted in the post on modern chauvinism, if you oppose such evil, ultramodern “progressives” label you as “bigoted,” “intolerant,” “unaccepting,” etc…, which brings me to this disturbing news item:
“As two transgender bills (AB 433 and SB 48) are poised to be passed by the California Legislature, at least one elementary school in Oakland is already indoctrinating kids starting in kindergarten about “gender diversity”…Young children are being taught that they can choose to be a boy or a girl — or both. Boys, for example, should be comfortable wearing girls’ clothes and nail polish, etc. And there aren’t just two genders, there can be a range. And, of course, the school does not allow parents to opt their kids out…”
The report goes on to state that this program is a “necessity” to “help kids,” and if you oppose it, you want kids to commit suicide. This sort of tactic is called “ritual defamation,” which is one of the main tactics of modern chauvinism, and is used to silence those who defend the Christian and Classical West. Do not be deceived, this is indeed a war, and it is being fought over everything from the education of children to the arts. You may find the rest of this report here, with video evidence of such “diversity” indoctrination taking place.
War is being waged for the heart and soul of the West. What are you doing to be involved?