Can Christianity save the West?What can save the West? That is the question being asked in a new book called Suicide of the West. And we’ll come to the question and the book but first we need to see how and why the West developed a society that enjoys a level of material wealth, political stability, health care, life expectancy, and equality and opportunity for ordinary women and men that is unmatched in the history of the world.
Whilst there are of course many factors in the rise and rise of the West, the single major distinguishing factor is Christianity. It was the Christian belief in a rational benevolent God who had created a rational universe that gave scientists the confidence to believe that its secrets could be unravelled, that there were answers. Similarly, the vast potential in the populations of
This combined not only with the realisation that any individual could know the truth for themselves but with the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. No one is inherently superior before God so why should I not be able to advance, make a little profit for myself and my family? And why should the Lord of the Manor simply be able to take it away from me if he feels like it? Christianity changed the intellectual climate which in turn provided a different basis for economic activity. Whilst
Obviously, the West, distinctively shaped as it has been by Christianity, has nevertheless done and continues to do terrible things not only to those outside the West but to its own. Nevertheless, look around the world and ask yourself this –
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