Happy New Year, from the Neo-Reaction

Jim's blog:
Christianity was the basis of European civilization, and now it is dead save for a remnant smaller than mustard seed. Civilizations die with their animating religion, being devoured by demons.

Progressivism wears the religions it has devoured like a monster that dresses itself in the skins of people it has eaten. It has consumed Judaism, Christianity, and most of Islam, though the worst and most harmful religion, Islam, still lives and is fighting back. The martial Christianity of Charles the Hammer would serve our civilization well. The pragmatic, realistic, and cynical Christianity of restoration Anglicanism would serve our civilization very well, though it proved vulnerable to people whose beliefs were dangerously sincere, being reluctant to martyr them properly for reasons of mere pragmatism. Counter Reformation Catholicism would serve our civilization well. But none of these live, and their revival is unlikely.
As with other topics, we have plowed this ground before:

Whither Christendom

Bleak Christianity

Traditionalism's unprincipled exception

Christians, like most redoubts of like-minded people, are generally not self-aware. What is to us our touch with the metaphysical is to others empty ritual, archaic and useless in technological society, or antithetical to their own traditions. Having been rebuffed by their atheist, Jewish, Muslim, and Mormon neighbors, Christians look wistfully to the cultural followers of Africa in fulfillment of the Great Commission. As the Radix essay points out, Christians, from conservative "Anglicans" fleeing cultural relativism to Protestant liberals handing out counterproductive foreign aid, use Africa as a totem to compensate for the death of faith and lack of moral urgency in the West.

My message on this is known to readers, and is banned on Christian blogs elsewhere: time for the Church to feed Her sheep.


Gealgh said…

Spot on. A "future of the Church" in Africa is not a future.

Gealgh said…

And Happy New Year!

Bumbling American said…
I recently read Paul Johnson's History of Christianity, and one of the big takeaways is how wary the Catholic Church about fully "extending the franchise" away from European peoples. In India, China and Japan, the hierarchy had fierce debates with missionaries in the field, who wanted to ordain native priests and use them to help build more locals into the fold. Johnson sets it up as a battle between hidebound, bigoted bureaucrats and seasoned priests on the ground, but he also demonstrates that there were real fears about ceding too much authority to non-European peoples. In many cases, the natives just didn't understand the complexities and missionaries often had to develop ad hoc compromises with local culture (such as accommodating foreign concepts of marriage, caste, etc.) that drifted far afield of doctrine.

It's like anything else: People aren't cogs, and you can't swap them in and out of systems without changing the systems. A "Global South" Church is going to be Globally Southern; it's not go through the European motions for very long.
Kakistocracy said…
A "Global South" Church is going to be Globally Southern; it's not go through the European motions for very long.

As the Ferguson's might encourage, I'm going to amplify Bumbling voices and state how important is this concept. There will be witch doctors and cannibalism in tattered vestments. That's the future of global south Christianity.
Bumbling American said…
*going to go through