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As America’s Indiginous Religion Goes, So Goes America!

May 5, 2014

As America’s indigenous Religion Goes, So Goes America!

I began researching the decline of American culture and civilization in the early 1980’s. As a psychologist my sad findings were viewed from  biological, social, anthropological and psychological perspectives. Later, I incorporated philosophical, economic and political perspectives. Within the last 15 years or so, my search for understanding extended to world historical perspectives.

World history and to a lesser degree, the anthropology of cultural decline, have finally revealed what I have not found in the other sciences.

I am a slow learner, I confess, and I am now shaken by what has been obvious to many historians and perceptive intellectuals.  This is the perception that sociocultures based upon great religions have always naturalistically organized, focused and powered all of the biopsychosocial mechanisms that I have studied all of my adult life in productive directions.

The simple will and design of humans have always paled and failed in comparison.

At a personal level, I am deeply saddened and made fearful of the future for my children and grandchildren in America.

Though my abiding  tendency has always been toward optimism. My study of world history is weakening this spirit.

In his book, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?, Patrick Buchanan quotes British scholar, Christopher Dawson:

“Christopher Dawson, too, warned that should the West lose its Christian faith, its culture would fragment and its civilization would disintegrate”:

‘It is the religious impulse which supplies the cohesive force which unifies a culture and civilization. The great civilizations of the world do not produce the great religions as a kind of cultural by-product…the great religions are the foundations upon which the great civilizations rest. A society which has lost its religion becomes sooner or later a society which has lost its culture.’

Buchanan continues:

“For centuries, Christianity offered the peoples of the West and the world common ground on which to stand. For this is a faith that accepts all men and women of all races, countries, and continents and all walks of life without regard to lineage, language, culture, color, or past conduct. Acting on their beliefs, Christians abolished human sacrifice in the Americas, ended the Atlantic slave trade, and halted the indian practice of suttee: burning widows on the funeral pyres of dead husbands.

The abolition of slavery and the promotion of civil rights were the causes of Christian pastors who demanded that their flocks live up to Christ’s teaching as enunciated in the Sermon on the Mount about how they ought to treat their fellow man. Christianity is a universal faith. Its death leaves a nation bereft of a unifying system of beliefs. In the absence of Christianity, individuals see community in attachments like race, tribe, party, and ideology that must inevitably separate us.

With the rejection of Christianity and its moral code by hundreds of millions in the West and scores of millions in America, we have no common moral ground on which to stand. The matters on which we clash multiply. Now we fight not only over politics and economics but over abortion, embryonic stem cell research, homosexuality, assisted suicide, public displays of religious symbols, the teaching of evolution, and what children should and should not be taught about God and morality in public schools.”

“Culture wars are rooted in irreconcilable beliefs about what is right and wrong, moral and immoral”…..

….”If we no longer agree on what is right and wrong, we can never be one people again”.

Wake-Up America!

V. Tom Mawhinney, 5/5/14  (From the U.P.)

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