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No Christianity, No Democracy. Know Christianity, Know Democracy

Our form of government, I believe, requires Christianity to survive. Lars Walker makes some great points here. I'm still digesting it. It's a little early for me to be reading IQ necessary stuff. I typically like cat videos in the morning. But I made an exception for this piece. Definitely worth reading.

Despite my well-deserved international reputation as a coward, I occasionally get into arguments with people, mostly on Facebook where no one can punch you. It was during such an argument recently that someone actually implied that I was a liar, one vice for which I don’t have a reputation, as far as I know. We were discussing…. never mind; that’s another essay. But when she asked me where I got my ideas about right and wrong, I said that I’d read the Bible. My opponent laughed that off. She’d never read the whole Bible, she said, and she was pretty sure I hadn’t either. It was one of those “taken aback” moments that come more and more often as you get older. I realized in a fresh new way that I’m a creature of another century. I have in fact read the Bible more than a dozen times, and I can remember a day when reading the Bible all the way through, though certainly regarded as an accomplishment, didn’t rank alongside claims to have climbed K2 or to have built a model of Graceland out of toothpicks. It’s a long book, I’ll grant you, but not that much longer than The Lord of the Rings. Now if you’re expecting me to lament the passing of Biblical literacy in our generation, well, I do, but my point here is a larger (or smaller) one. My fears for the future are many, but the one I’m thinking of just now is my fear of losing things that make participatory democracy workable.
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Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Of course, if Rome really believed that, the Catholic Church would be a far, far different entity than the monarchist institution it has become.

Servant of the Chief said...

I prefer to understand Democracy as Pope Pius XII which is incredibly different from what virtually everyone today interprets Democracy is. I certainly disagree with this articles assumptions that true democracy came from proliferation of biblical understanding, both the way he describes the flowering of participatory democracy in Norway has more in common with the rebelliousness of the Protestant Reformation then authentic Christian interpretation of scripture.

Also that said, I myself am a committed monarchist and counter-revolutionary anyway so I guess my voice is irrelevant to begin with because it is not democratic enough.

Joseph D'Hippolito said...

Why do some American Catholics support monarchism? Do they have any sense of history? I'm not just talking about the American Revolution. I'm talking about the miserable record of monarchies throughout world history.

Statements like those from "Servent of the Cheif" only reinforce the idea that Catholicism supports authoritarianism.

As far as the Protestant Reformation goes, I'm glad it happened. Frankly, it was inevitable, given the pervasive corruption and institutional arrogance of the Catholic Church at that time.

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