Have We Learned Anything from History? Pt. 2
George Santayana, a philosopher
Arnold Toynbee, a British historian, authored a 12-volume study of history chronicling the rise and fall of nations. When Toynbee began his research and writing in the early part of the 20th century, he did not have a high opinion of religion and Christianity’s role in the rise and fall of nations. But while working on his historical narrative his ideas were dramatically transformed, shocking the academic world at the time. He concluded that religion and faith were not an “unimportant illusion,” as he had previously assumed, but were instead “supremely important” in the direction of nations. He went as far as to declare, “the greatest new event” in history was “the Crucifixion and the Crucifixion’s spiritual consequences.” He would further conclude
Famed American historian and atheist, Will Durant said, “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion… Even the skeptical historian develops
Frankly, the message is, nations die inside before they collapse outwardly. And as these and other historians teach, as the moral and spiritual character of a nation goes, so goes the nation. Those nations that operate with the ethical boundaries of faith, and particularly Christianity, have not only survived longer,
Former Democratic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003) wrote an important essay in 1993 titled, “Defining Deviancy Down.” In
He is correct in his assertion that the only way that evil can be accepted and incorporated so thoroughly in a nation is by redefining the definitions to make them seem normal. But, how tragic the eventual consequences… the prophet Isaiah wrote… “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20) Have we learned anything from history???
Let’s be salt and light while it is still day. And remember, God is always trying to take you someplace new. I love being your Pastor! For God’s Glory Alone,