Western Civilization

How Liberal Arts Colleges Could Save Civilization

"The same love of darkness which will tear down statues, regardless of who they depict, will sacrifice the liberal arts core of education in the name of relevance. The culture wars are not really about right versus left; they are about memory versus oblivion." - TAC

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Veith on our summer of cultural suicide

"A civilization that hates itself and a culture that thinks its own customs, values, and traditions are evil and not worth continuing has committed suicide....What a culture or civilization does not pass down to the next generation is lost. It ceases to exist. That is how a society commits cultural suicide." - Veith

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White Fragility and the Bible’s Big Story

"In this follow-up article I want to turn to the Bible to suggest how it might help us understand issues of race and racism, for it also contains a narrative structure.... What I would like to do is compare and contrast the content of [DiAngelo’s White Fragility] story with the Bible’s." - Challies

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Gene Veith reviews “Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World”

Athiest historian Tom Holland "shows just how different Christian values and ethics were from those of the Greeks and the Romans and how the Christian mindset has prevailed in Western Civilization even among his fellow secularists." - Veith

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“Is Europe Christian? It’s a more complicated question than it sounds.”

"...unlike so many other scholars, [author Olivier Roy] emphasizes the difference between Lutheranism (which, with its doctrine of the Two Kingdoms and vocation is 'self-secularizing,' giving religious significance to the secular realm) and Calvinism (which tends to seek Christian rule of the secular order).  He also notes the difference between both of these traditions and American Protestantism." - Gene Veith

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A Handbook for Thriving Amid Secularism

"Mark Sayers has not written another book on the challenges that face the church in the West, though few would be better suited to do so. He’s written instead a handbook for not only surviving but even thriving in our secular age. Sayers is the author of Reappearing Church: The Hope for Renewal in the Rise of Our Post-Christian Culture" - TGC

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Douthat's “The Decadent Society” Misses the Mark

"Douthat’s central argument is intriguing...it’s quite likely that the Western neoliberal order will keep limping along for the foreseeable future. ...There’s an interesting stretch of the book outlining possible alternative paths leading away from decadence, but Douthat is largely reluctant to state which paths he finds either historically plausible or normatively desirable." - John Ehrett

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