A Brief Note on Religion and Civilization

The bedrock of a stable Civilization is that of religion. Without such a bedrock it dies. Many of those in the reactosphere recognize this truth. We witness the downfall of civilization quite glaringly in the modern times and it no doubt correlates with the diminished piety toward Religions tradition. Many in this modern tragedy see only darkness in our future. The decay of all we know. As Juan Donoso Cortes points out

In proportion to the diminution of faith, truths diminish in the world; and why the society which turns its back on God, beholds all its horizons suddenly obscured by terrifying darkness.

Even the men who ushered in the ideology of chaos and death recognized this reality. In the Social Contract, Rousseau writes, “That there never was a state formed without religion serving as the foundation”. Even the disgraceful and abdominal Voltaire in his Treatise on Intolerance states, “That wherever there is a society, religion is absolutely necessary.”  One could assume however, that this is why the ideology of liberalism is near dogmatic in its disposition, a new religion if you will. But that is a topic for another time.

Religion is a requirement. Not a suggestion. This is even more so the case in a free state. A state that lacks political repression must have religious repression. Polybius states that holy fear is more necessary in free states than in others. This is simply because man is fallen in nature and requires some form of restraint upon his will. Or as Maistre puts it, “Man when reduced to himself, is too wicked to be free.” Without such restraint passions will consume him. No other remedy is better then that of religion. Political repression may restrict his will in some capacity, but only a reverent fear of the divine can truly place the proper chain on man and order him to the proper disposition.

We are all attached to the throne of the Supreme Being by a supple chain that restrains us without enslaving us. Nothing is more admirable in the universal order of things than the action of free beings under the divine hand. – Joseph De Maistre

Without a revitalization of reverence toward the divine and the traditions of Religion, all shall perish.

 

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One thought on “A Brief Note on Religion and Civilization

  1. justahoosier

    Wow…well put. So glad I stumbled upon this article. As the founders of our republic knew, our constitution would only govern a good and moral people, whose religious beliefs would be their guide in daily life. Lose the morals, lose all social order with it. These aren’t chains placed on us, they are umbilical cords, connecting us to the Giver of Life. To cut ourselves “free” is to commit slow spiritual and societal suicide. God Bless.

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