Dodging a Bullet?

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October 1, 2008, I delivered an address to an evangelical seminary, explaining to an audience that was obviously excited about Sarah Palin’s place on the Republican 2008 Presidential ticket that Palin’s election would be a disaster for evangelical Protestantism in America. When I published the text of my remarks, along with the name of the institution where I delivered them, the Dean of Men who had invited me to speak requested that I remove the name of the school from this blog, since the school administration was taking heat because the school’s name was now associated with my remarks that night, along with my subsequent commentary on those remarks. Nevertheless, the lecture I gave that night (I always speak from a transcript) may still be read here at this blog.

It is now three years and one week later. Mrs. Palin was not elected as Vice-President about a month after I spoke, and now we know (I think) that she will not be a candidate for the Republican nominee for President next year. Some hope she may mount a third-party run for the office. But, if Palin has as much political savvy as her supporters claim, she must surely know that a third-party run would hand a doubtful re-election to Barak Obama.

Meanwhile, evangelical Christians in America – a sizable voting bloc when they can be united behind a candidate – have dodged another bullet. Indeed, the fading campaign of Michele Bachman is yet another bullet dodged. There is nothing that would cement the cause of religious feminism among evangelicals more than to for an evangelical woman to land at the top of a political ticket.

On the other hand, if a woman, especially an ostensibly evangelical woman, were never to be elected as Vice-president or President, the body politic would not escape the decline and corruption of our political culture from feminism, whether secular or religious. Phyllis Schafly, when she succeeded almost single-handed in keeping the Equal Rights Amendment from passage, won a hollow victory. Subsequent amendments to state constitutions across the land more or less enshrined the main objectives of the ERA into state law, and Federal Courts have more or less done the same thing piecemeal in Federal case law.

And, yet, the sheer power of symbolism can be a threat which the sexually sane may be thankful that it has not scorched the small, tender shoots of sexual sanity that sprout in the wilderness. While the Western world, led by feminist America, bleeds away its sexual vitality by embracing sexual gnosticism across the board, those who do not go along with the program at least have a chance to flee to political, economic, and cultural backwaters, where they might, just might, cultivate a tiny demographic of sexually sane Christian men and women to rebuild a civilization amidst the mouldering remains of a culture that committed sexual suicide.

It’s happened before, as the fecund, sexually sane Germanic slave culture of Italy inherited the future as the feminist Roman culture faded into oblivion. Consider de Reincourt’s succinct summary:

 It has all started with the feminist revolution in the upper classes; with the progress of democratic equality under the Caesarian empire, it had spread downward and outward, to reach the urban proletariat and the rural peasantry. Infanticide was widespread, and sexual lewdness undoubtedly lowered men’s and women’s fertility; marriage was frequently deferred or avoided altogether. At the end of this evolution, the Western Roman empire was rapidly becoming, in population terms, an empty shell. The Romans actually committed ethnic suicide.

The collapse of the western Roman Empire was the inevitable consequence. Fast breeding Teutonic populations eventually overwhelmed it and plunged Europe into the Dark Ages. But before this came about, signs began to appear in the midst of this moral degeneration pointing to a rebirth of ethics and a reconstruction of family life; a revival of religious faith and a renewed search for the meaning of life. The old Roman faith was as dead as the Greek; in both cases their patriarchal pantheons had collapsed. And, yet, a religious awakening began sweeping over the entire Roman Empire. [Sex and Power in History (New York: Dell, 1974), pg. 127)]

 De Reincourt’s words, quoted above, come at the end of his survey of Rome. Its decline, he makes clear, was not from the patriarchal pantheon, but from its feminist repudiation of the classical roles of women as wives and mothers which invigorated it in earlier centuries. So also the decline of the Greeks. It was the patriarchal Christian faith which highly valued wives and mothers without rooting that value in male roles in society from which the future Europe would arise.

That Christian patriarchal patrimony in the West was swept away in a single generation in the midst of the Twentieth Century. And, everywhere the beginnings of cultural and economic disintegration in the West may be watched on television screens in every home in the land. In Europe, it is not fecund German slaves who are repopulating the lands where native European populations are in steep decline from a simple refusal to reproduce; rather, it is fecund Muslim mothers from the Middle East and North Africa who are laying the demographic foundations for a replacement culture that is radically anti-Christian.

The history of patriarchal Christianity in the Twenty-First Century will be exciting. In America, however, its enemy is not to any significant degree yet from Islam. Instead, it is religious feminism, claiming the name of Christianity, which is set upon eradicating the old Biblical Trinitarian faith and the patriarchal relationship of men and women that is embedded in it.

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