The View From 1776
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The Creation of Western Civilization
An essay by Pope Benedict XVI, published on the First Things website, gives us an excellent, summary overview of the religious, cultural, and political transformations leading to modern-day Europe.
In particular, it illuminates the theme often repeated on this website: Christianity is Western civilization, based upon the Biblical understanding of history and of man’s relationship to God in the Judaic tradition beginning with Abraham.
The advent of liberal-progressive-socialism with the French Revolution in 1789 was, in religious, political, and social terms, the equivalent of Islamic jihadists destroying the World Trade Towers on 9/11.
Although the Holy Roman Empire had been in decline since the late Middle Ages, and it had faded also as an agreed-upon interpretation of history, it was not until the French Revolution that the spiritual framework it provided