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25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today

25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today

… and seeking to rule over your own view of reality.

Not one of these is true. Even Christians are falling for some of them, though — especially the last three.

  1. Humans are unexceptional among the animals.
  2. Human nature is malleable according to human will.
  3. Innocent, defenseless human life is dispensable without moral consequence.
  4. Human flourishing is best promoted through shielding persons from contrary opinions, beliefs and values.
  5. Disagreement on moral choices and practices is equivalent to hate.
  6. Male and female are malleable according to human will.
  7. Sexual intimacy can be decoupled from its natural emotional and relational effects.
  8. Sexual fulfillment is integral and essential to human fulfillment.
  9. Marriage is as government decides.

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  10. Virtue is irrelevant to leadership and to a people’s flourishing.
  11. Virtue’s principles change with changing times.
  12. Freedom is separable from virtue.
  13. Virtue can flourish apart from belief in God.
  14. Wisdom found in the Western tradition has nothing to offer today’s multicultural world.
  15. Human motivation can be distilled to economics and power relations.
  16. Economic sufficiency provides personal fulfillment.
  17. All religions are equally true (or equally false).
  18. Religions motivate people in similar ways to do similar things, regardless of their teachings.
  19. Christianity is intolerant and hateful at worst, irrelevant at best, and intellectually discredited in any event.
  20. Science and religion are inherently opposed to one another.
  21. God is no longer supernaturally at work in the world.
  22. We don’t need God.
  23. Electing the right politicians will solve the problems of a nation whose people accept these lies.
  24. The lies will go away with no costly struggle for truth.
  25. And we and our children will not be harmed by them.

They’re lies.

Stand for what’s true.

(The linked article’s advice is good regardless of who wins.)

Coming Monday: “25 Truths Essential To Securing Our Freedoms.”


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11 thoughts on “25 Lies Dominating Western Culture Today

  1. These are some crucial points:

    10. Virtue is irrelevant to leadership and to a people’s flourishing.

    11. Virtue’s principles change with changing times.

    12. Freedom is separable from virtue.

    13. Virtue can flourish apart from belief in God.

    14. Wisdom found in the Western tradition has nothing to offer today’s multicultural world.

    IOW from a secular-progressive perspective virtue is superfluous. That’s not only a lie it’s ignorant. Just look at the last 2000 years of history.

    However, it is not only Christians who think that virtue is important. Rabbi Jonathon Sacks recently said something that is very relevant here:

    [W]e have forgotten one of the most important lessons to have emerged from the wars of religion in the sixteenth and seventeenth century and the new birth of freedom that followed… A free society is a moral achievement. Without self-restraint, without the capacity to defer the gratification of instinct, and without the habits of heart and deed that we call virtues, we will eventually lose our freedom.

    That is what Locke meant when he contrasted liberty, the freedom to do what we ought, with licence, the freedom to do what we want… It’s what Washington meant when he said, “Human rights can only be assured among a virtuous people.” And Benjamin Franklin when he said, “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom.” And Jefferson when he said, “A nation as a society forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society.”

    At some point the West abandoned this belief. When I went to Cambridge in the late 60s, the philosophy course was then called Moral Sciences, meaning that just like the natural sciences, morality was objective, real, part of the external world. I soon discovered, though, that almost no one believed this anymore. Morality was no more than the expression of emotion, or subjective feeling, or private intuition, or autonomous choice. It was, within limits, whatever I chose it to be. In fact there was nothing left to study but the meaning of words. To me this seemed less like civilisation than the breakdown of a civilisation.

  2. In ethics there are a few points which I think could be drawn out…

    The idea that the ends can ever justify the means…

    The idea that human happiness (read: pleasure) is really all that matters in life…

    The idea that the purpose of ethics is simply to maximize human pleasure rather than human virtue…

    The idea that morals are really just subjective opinions rather than transcendent, objective, truths.

  3. Good points.

    I stopped at 25 only because it seemed like the post was long enough at that point. If we were compiling a complete list your points would certainly be prominent on it..

    I wonder what others would add.

  4. The idea that the ends can ever justify the means…

    Can you elaborate on this, Travis, as I can’t tell which way you’re pushing?

    Ends frequently justify means. Things that would be highly inappropriate in one situation can become quite acceptable in another, and vice-versa.

    A person who believes that ends never justify means is unable to respond to novel or extreme situations.
    A person who believes that ends always justify means will pursue means that ultimately undermine their ends.

  5. There is truth in these 25 lies. The truth is that these are lies which have become deeply embedded in the thinking of our culture and society. If there was any doubt before, there should be no doubt now that we are living in a post Christian culture. That is not a good thing. That means we are on the path to destruction like Sodom and Gomorrah.

    Why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? It wasn’t because some of its citizens tolerated, accepted or even celebrated gays and lesbians or other forms of unnatural sexuality. It was because their society as a whole would not tolerate anyone who did not accept and approve of their self-invented “enlightened” morality (see Genesis 19.)

    Fortunately, as a society, we’re not yet to that point. God did not even think of destroying Sodom and Gomorrah till there were less than ten righteous or traditionally moral people left (Genesis 18:20-33.) Nevertheless, the slippery slope in the past few years has become very steep. As someone who grew up in the 50’s and 60’s I am shocked depressed how far we have fallen.

    On the other hand, unfortunately, because we live in a free and open democratic society, God won’t have do anything in terms of direct judgement. Democracies which lose their moral foundation tend to implode. That’s why John Adams wrote, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.” In other words, Adams was saying, if we don’t have a religious or moral citizenry our form of government won’t work. Democracy, Adams observed, “never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” It looks like that’s where we’re headed.

    Christians are more than partly to blame here. Jesus told his disciples, “You are the light of the world…” (see Matt. 5:13-16). This is the mission of common grace. Besides preaching to the lost (something else we have neglected) we’re commanded to be a moral influence society and culture. We’ve been failing here—failing miserably. Is it too late? I pray to God it isn’t.

  6. You missed 2 big ones that divide the church:
    1. The Grand Canyon was formed in one year or so by Noah’s Flood.
    2. The Earth is <10,000 years old

    These are accepted by 130 million people!

  7. Those are big issues, Ken, but this isn’t so much about what divides the church. (Sounds like a good blog post for the future, though!)

    I think where they fit in with “dominating Western culture” is at numbers 19 and 20.

  8. @ Andrew w/ #6

    I think that one must either say that the “ends can justify the means” or they can say that the “ends can never justify the means”. The question is binary in nature. To say “the ends don’t generally justify the means, but in XYZ case…” is to admit that the ends can and do justify the means. It isn’t a question of what is generally true, but what is always true.

    Personally, I subscribe to virtue ethics as my normative ethical theory, and am perfectly willing to defend the doctrine of double effect as a coherent means by which to arbitrate ethical dilemmas.

    You sound yourself sort of like a utilitarian, would you agree?

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