Part 6 – How Civilizations Die
Watchwoman: This is Part 6, the final segment here on Watchwoman on the Wall blog. I’m sorry, but that is all. I hope that in sharing this with you, you’ll follow my strong urging you to check out www.Amazon.com where you can read the first chapter, the praise for this remarkable book — and all the chapter headings, and most of all where you can order it. Check e-bay too, might even be cheaper. This is a book about living rather than dying – and will provide you with what you need to accept God’s love and His Will for planet earth. ▬ Donna Calvin
Related Holy Scripture Verses
[King James Version – [Genesis 1:28] And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
[King James Version – Genesis 9:1] And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.
[King James Version – Deuteronomy 30:19] I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
[King James Version – John 3:16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
HOW CIVILIZATIONS DIE
(And Why Islam is Dying Too)
By David P. Goldman
Online Columnist “Spengler”
Chapter 10, Pages 137-155
You’ve heart about the Death of the West. But the Muslim world is on the brink of an even greater collapse.
Will we go down in the implosion?
THE ARABS AS CHOSEN PEOPLE
According to Franz Rosenzweig, jihad is the supreme Muslim act of sanctification precisely because war is the most sacred act of pagan society in general:
The concept of the Path of Allah is entirely different than God’s path. The paths of God are the disposition of divine decrees high above human events. But following the path of Allah means in the narrowest sense propagating Islam through holy war. In the obedient journey upon this path, taking upon one’s self the associated dangers, the observance of the laws prescribed for it, Muslim piety finds its way in the world. The path of Allah is not elevated above the path of humankind, as far as the heaven stretches above earth, but rather the path of Allah means immediately the path of his believers. 15
Islam, in sum, is a religion in which personal self-sacrifice is rewarded by success, just as a soldier is rewarded for bravery in battle by a king. Death in jihad is the exemplary form of self-sacrifice which Islam offers its adherents, in place of the Judeo-Christian concept of vicarious sacrifice which gives life rather than takes it. And in the absence of success — in the face of spectacular economic and military failure over the past two generations of the Muslim encounter with modernity — Islam faces a crisis of faith from which it cannot recover, a crisis expressed most vividly in the closing of the Muslim womb.
And, as we shall see, population collapse in the West is not unrelated to pagan religion, either — including even the pagan principle of self-sacrifice in holy war (as opposed to vicarious sacrifice in light of God’s love). By the turn of the twentieth century, the Europeans subordinated Christianity to their own inclination towards self-adoration, and a neo-pagan strain of nationalism overwhelmed the universal impulse in Christian churches. At the time of World War I, the words “holy war” were pronounced more often by Europeans than by Arabs. The catechism distributed to German military
chaplains spoke of a “great, holy war” against “evil.” 16 When the German army conquered Brussels in August 1914, the newspaper Der Tiigliche Rundschau enthused, “The great times of heroes, which had almost become a legend, have returned. So, too, did our sons and brothers march off into the holy war.” 17 And in England, in 1915, the Bishop of London indulged in this dumbfounding conflation of the sacrifice of Christ on the cross with British war aims: “The Church can best help the nation first of all by making it realize that it is engaged in a Holy War. Christ died on Good Friday for Freedom, Honour, and Chivalry, and our boys are dying for the same thing…. MOBILIZE THE NATION FOR HOLY WAR.” 18
European civilization — and European demographics — have never really recovered from the 1914-1918 war. But how and why did what used to be Christendom succumb to pagan religious impulses, and eventually to the demographic decline that has been the fate of pagan societies since ancient Sparta? The failure of Christianity in Europe is a story that begins in the Dark Ages but does not reach its terrible denouement until the seventeenth century.
The next page begins Chapter 11, but this is the last page that I’m posting on Watchwoman on the Wall.
It’s time to secure your own copy of this book for yourself.
Contact your local library or buy it.
BECAUSE THE NEXT TOPIC DISCUSSED IN CHAPTER 11 GOES INTO
HOW CHRISTIANITY DIED IN EUROPE.
And how it died in Europe is what we need to stop here in America before it’s too late!
(Just the first sentence of Chapter 11, to whet your appetite for more!)
In The Rise of Christianity, Rodney Stark observes that Christian prohibition of abortion and infanticide contributed to the success of the new religion.”
LINKS TO ALL 6 PARTS
Part 1 – How Civilizations Die – Posted February 13, 2012 – pps 137-140
Part 2 – How Civilizations Die – Posted February 14, 2012 – pps 141-143
Part 3 – How Civilizations Die – Posted February 15, 2012 – pps 143-146
Part 4 – How Civilizations Die – Posted February 16, 2012 – pps 147-150
Part 5 – How Civilizations Die – Posted February 17, 2012 – pps 151-154
Part 6 – How Civilizations Die – Posted February 18, 2012 – pps 154-155