Sunday, June 27, 2010

Capitalism and the Christian Church -- by Craig Read

Only Christian Europe developed the fundamentals which birthed the modern world. Reason, rationality, science, capital and most vitally, the ideas of freedom, responsibility, and free-will only existed in Christian Europe. It was not a perfect evolution from the slow implosion of the Oriental, and unprogressive Roman empire; to the early modern period. But Europe did evolve. No other locale on the planet, and no other empire in history even came remotely close to creating the building blocks of the modern world – only Christian Europe achieved that opus of human development:


I like reading Craig Read's essays about Christianity and the Bible's role in forming the foundations of Western Civilization. He certainly isn't trying to convert you, and I believe he identifies as non-Christian - his articles are certainly written from a non-religious perspective anyway.

I've read one article of his from a while back, where he was discussing the theory (I don't think it was his theory, but someone else's) that the philosophies & moral values put forth from the Bible which helped form our society could likely be condensed in a non-religious version of a few hundred pages.

Society seems hell-bent on throwing the Bible out the window... but really, if the Bible and Christianity is the "cornerstone" of what Western Civilization is built upon, what do you think happens when that cornerstone is removed?

The "pillars" which Cultural Marxists sought to destroy were: Christianity, capitalism, authority, the family, patriarchy, hierarchy, morality, tradition, sexual restraint, loyalty, patriotism, nationalism, heredity, ethnocentrism, convention and conservatism.

Each of these pillars are under constant attack in our modern culture and many of them, if not all, are derived from philosophies put forth in the Bible - in one way or another.