Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Another Laugh

      One of the more interesting things about the world is the way a 'climate of opinion' can affect people without their being aware of it.  I just ran across a very amusing example.

      In the late 17th and early 18th centuries, there occurred a movement called 'The Enlightenment,' or 'The Age of Reason.'  The people involved were philosophers who rejected faith and relied on pure thought (and to some extent, experience) to establish truth.  Their philosophy was the eventual guiding force of the rather atheistic French Revolution.

      There's a movement in Fundamentalist Protestant called "Dominionism" that on the surface completely rejects the Enlightenment.  It celebrates faith, and intends for Christians to take over every government on earth, and establish the proper, Christian kind of society.  How do they expect to pull this off?  Says ReligousTolerance.Org (Hat Tip: Donald Sensing)
They intend to achieve this by using the freedom of religion in the US to train a generation of children in private Christian religious schools. Later, their graduates will be charged with the responsibility of creating a new Bible-based political, religious and social order. One of the first tasks of this order will be to eliminate religious choice and freedom. Their eventual goal is to achieve the “Kingdom of God” in which much of the world is converted to Christianity. They feel that the power of God’s word will bring about this conversion. No armed force or insurrection will be needed; in fact, they believe that there will be little opposition to their plan. People will willingly accept it. All that needs to be done is to properly explain it to them.

      Hah, hah, hah!  I've met this idea of 'everyone will think alike' before.  It comes right out of the Enlightenment, where it was called the "General Will."  As the French Revolutionaries found out, it didn't work.  People kept on doing what they wanted, instead of what they were supposed to want.

      And now we have fundamentalist Christians, with thousands of years of the history of human wickedness available to them (much of it in the Bible), adopting the ideas of the hated Enlightenment!  Hilarious!



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