by Steve Lancaster 7/2/15
Europe is Toast • I have followed the discussion of the death of the West with interest. There has been a lot of talk, relevant to the issue, but missing a key point. For nearly 2000 years the nexus of our culture was Europe. Neither Brad nor Kung has considered the shattering of the pagan world in Europe between the 1st and 6th centuries.
The pagan tribes of Europe placed their faith on the continuance of the tribe. The immorality of the individual was placed within the context of the survival of the tribe. The pagan understood that if the tribe was extinguished then his immortal existence is vulnerable. Man, in the existential sense, cannot abide the concept that there is not a prospect for eternal life; For the pagan it is within the family of the tribe. For the Jew it is within the protection of the law. And for the Christian it is the personal relationship with Christ.
A Jewish philosopher, and existential thinker of the early 20th century, Franz Rosenzweig, compatriot of Martin Buber, writes in the Star of Redemption, the Jew “converts the inner pagan” inside the Christian, such that the living presence of the Jewish people creates a counterweight to the Gnostic impulses in Christianity and, “Before God stand both of us,” he wrote, “Jew and Christians, laborers at the same task” . . . “Christ denotes only the Idea of Man. But the sturdy and undeniable vitality of the Jewish people to which anti-Semitism itself attests opposes itself to such idealization. That Christ is more than idea no Christian can know this. But that Israel is more than an idea, the Christian knows, because he sees it . . . . Our presence stands surety for their truth.”[pullquote]But by the end of this century, 2000 years of western culture in Europe will be as empty as the churches and synagogues are today. Those with even the notion of the culture will have migrated to either Israel or America. If you desire to see zombies, walk the streets of Paris, Berlin or Vienna.[/pullquote]
The conversion of the pagan during the first five centuries of the Christian era must be regarded as one of the most significant events in human history. Pagans have only the efforts to preserve their culture through the tribe, blood and physical procession of land. Life in their view is a constant battle with other tribes and nature for existence. A battle that they will lose, the pagan cannot create genuine human individuality but strives to keep the individual within a compact group be it tribe or state. In the statist view the state is the ALL, all flows from the state, everyone in his place, everyone doing his duty for the good of, and part of the state. There is no room for the individual. There is lots of talk of individual freedom, but a genuine free individual is an enemy of the state.
In the pagans view, his personality is an extension of race and the state. They are one and same. Thus, the pagan risks nothing by sacrificing his life to preserve his culture. In contrast, the Judeo-Christian concept of brotherly love is the soul of human character that restores and rejuvenates.
Christ stood at the abyss with the pagan asking Him, “You see people starving, change the stones to bread and feed them, if you are who they say, cast yourself down and God will save you, if you desire the world to bow to you, then bow to me.” Scripture teaches us that Christ refused these temptations, but not why. The common sense answer is to resist temptation that disguises itself, as something else is noble.
Christ knew that he had power to end starvation with a wave of his hand, yet he elected to allow people to starve. He knew that no heavenly host would allow him to die before his time, yet he did not test God. He knew that he could have all worldly power by venerating the pagan, and he cast it off. He chose instead liberty with all the trials, and tribulations of that liberty. Rather than a fawning man willing to worship anything for food, clothing, and shelter, Christ chose freedom for man.
This is the moment of the birth of the West. The rapid rise of Christianity destroyed the pagan world. The special love of Christians and Jews for the weak, and defenseless is unique to Western culture.
Until the late 19th century Europe was the center of Western thought, philosophy, politics and law. However, the 20th century with its wars and conflict released in Europe an inner paganism, long suppressed, and by the middle of the century church and synagogue attendance was declining, as was the birthrate.
Today the birthrate in every developed country in Europe is below replacement level. In some, such as Italy, it is in danger of reaching levels only known during the great plague years in the Middle Ages. European man opted for the slow death of cultural extinction and the pagans of the Middle East are replacing him. In thirty years the native populations of Europe including Russia will be half its current level. They have chosen to go comfortably to the grave with millions of non-western workers to sustain them. But by the end of this century, 2000 years of western culture in Europe will be as empty as the churches and synagogues are today. Those with even the notion of the culture will have migrated to either Israel or America. If you desire to see zombies, walk the streets of Paris, Berlin or Vienna.
We in the Anglo-sphere are the inheritors of that tradition, culture, and law. As Europe dies it is incumbent upon us to understand that Western customs are under attack by outside and inside forces. However, as Rosenzweig says, “the truly divine God is the God who has revealed himself as logos and, as logos has acted and continues to act lovingly on our behalf.”
It is possible that Western culture will die someday. From an existential point of view it is inevitable as all things on earth are mortal. In spite of the efforts of our modern day pagans, who have gravitated into universities and government, the core of western thought remains imbedded in our everyday lives. Unless we surrender to our inner pagan we cannot be defeated. We can be bruised, harassed even murdered but the ideas of consensual government, liberty, and freedom are not so easily defeated unless we, like our European brothers, give up.
I have not chosen to address the obvious question of Islam, as that is a much longer debate, except to note that the replacement population in Europe is mostly from the Middle East. However, if Western culture is to survive in the Anglo-sphere, Judaism must survive not only in Israel but here. • (1496 views)