Saturday, January 16, 2016

Speaking of John C. Wright

One of the things I like about Mr. Wright is that he is not afraid to like the Western Tradition.  He actually seems, at times, to appreciate it, even if in this case he is being more whimsical than serious.  Hating on the Dying West is all the rage of course.  One does not mention Western Civilization, or its bastard child The United States, without mentioning slavery, racism, imperialism, genocide, religious wars, crusades, inquisitions, witch burnings and world wars.  To the left of center, that is the Western legacy.  All too many who reject the liberal interpretation seem, under the pressure of the onslaught, to concede the points.  But you have those who are willing to say 'wait a minute.'  Like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, they believe that for all of its sins - and there were sins aplenty, like any civilization - there is something unique in the West's heritage that will not be duplicated if world power is handed to other traditions and cultural lineages. 

Bonus points for using the word Christendom in a positive way.  For a growing number of folks, non-liberal Christians included, the term has come to be as endearing as the NRA or the KKK is in modern discourse. 

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