It seems that appealing to high philosophical principles and the light of Reason and Science alone simply does not inspire much hope or commitment among the ordinary unwashed masses who just don’t know any better.
“Seduced by scientism, distracted by materialism, insulated, like no humans before us, from the vicissitudes of sickness and the ubiquity of death, the post-Christian West believes in something we have called progress – a gradual ascent of mankind toward reason, peace, and prosperity – as a substitute in many ways for our previous monotheism. WeContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 8 (Conclusion)”
The Demise of Christendom, 7 In our tour of how ‘Christendom’ has lived and died, we have remarked that it was a flawed concept from the beginning. Lest I be misunderstood, I am not saying that the Kingdom of God coming into this world is a chimera or will never happen. I am merely sayingContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 7”
As we have seen in previous instalments, the old paradigm of ‘Christendom’, a pan-European and, indeed, a united, world-wide society founded on and unified by the teaching of and allegiance to Jesus Christ, had been splintered by the Reformation, then shredded even further by over a hundred years of religious wars and millions of dead among the competing European kingdoms and empires.
“The concept of a united Christendom with a secular and a religious head (the Emperor and the Pope), which Charles V had briefly tried to revive, had been dying for centuries and suffered a death-blow with the Reformation and the fragmentation of Christianity. It was now finally buried after [the Peace of] Westphalia  andContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 5”
The Demise of Christendom, 4 “Freedom exists only in the conflict between the call to be, to be born, and to grow, and the objections to this call …. The whole notion of freedom being exercised amid conflict is … a product of Western man.” Jacques Ellul, The Betrayal of the West, (Seabury Press, 1978),Continue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 4”
“[In]the medieval situation …. Europe was regarded as Christ’s kingdom–Christendom. Thus, Christian baptism was not only spiritually but socially and politically significant: it denoted entrance into society. Only a baptized person was a fully accepted member of European society. A Jew was a nonperson in this sense… But if the church baptized or consecrated theContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 3”
Christendom: 1. Christians worldwide, regarded as a collective body. 2. the countries occupied by Christians, especially in the Middle Ages. Canadian Oxford Compact Dictionary, 2002 As we pick up the story of the Demise of Christendom, it would be well to review how construct of ‘Christendom’ came into being in the first place. Constantine theContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, 2”
The Demise of Christendom, 1 “Political society is instituted for no other end, but only to secure every man’s possession of the things of this life. The care of every man’s soul, and of the things of heaven, which neither belongs to the commonwealth nor can be subjected to it, is left entirely to man’sContinue reading “The Demise of Christendom, Part 1”
Heroes and Anti-Heroes “Hero: a person distinguished by courage, noble deeds, outstanding achievements, etc.” Canadian Oxford Compact Dictionary, 2002. On November 11, 2018, Canadians commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of ‘The Great War’, ‘the War to End All Wars’. Solemn ceremonies took place throughout Europe and in many other nations such as Canada,Continue reading “Heroes and Anti-heroes”