The twilight of humanism
“Democracy always perishes from an overdose of democracy.” –R.J. Rushdoony
We have a calling, as Christians, to affirm the culture of life–that is, faith in Jesus Christ–and to oppose the culture of death: which in our time takes the form of humanism.
Today’s worldly culture, says this Chalcedon editorial, “resents any call to moral accountability… It is the culture of death. We must separate ourselves from it by affirming the culture of life, Christianity.”
It’s a glorious calling! We serve a glorious King, and His Kingdom will not fail.
Christian school–way more dangerous to the bad guys than it looks
In this Chalcedon editorial, Mark Rushdoony reminds us to keep our eye on the ball, as it were–the ball being the need to re-Christianize our society from the ground up, starting with ourselves and our families.
We need to win battles in the culture war, but we have to get out of having to fight all the battles on ground chosen by the enemy. Christian families, Christian schools, Christian neighborhoods and fellowships, and even Christianized workplaces–these are the kind of developments that are well within our scope to create.
And their creation will give the bad guys fits.
Every now and then, in my search for suitable reading matter for children, I turn up gold–like, for instance, The Green Ember, by S.D. Smith.
It’s a heroic fantasy featuring rabbits with swords, instead of people. And it’s about faith, hope, family, and self-sacrifice. This puts it miles apart from most of the Young Adult fiction that’s out there; and it’s written well enough for adults to enjoy it, too.
We do need more of this, much more. People of all ages consume huge amounts of “entertainment,” mostly without realizing that this is a passive but very effective form of self-education. We need to consume and digest more faith, more hope, more charity.
More Green Ember, less Spirit Animals.
My books are somewhere on that table
This heartening essay by Mark Rushdoony, Chalcedon’s president, comes from the new front page on our website, http://www.chalcedon.edu/.
It’s true: we don’t always get to see the impact of our work. Sometimes a seed we plant doesn’t sprout for twenty or thirty years. My Bell Mountain books, for instance, would not have been written but for certain conversations and exchanges of letters that R.J. Rushdoony had, some forty years ago.
It can be hard to keep on working when we don’t see the results; so we have to walk by faith, and not by sight. My books are on those display tables Mark talks about: and only God knows what fruit they might bear in future generations.