Culture War
Many from both the right and the left bemoan the state of the American culture today. Whether it is the lack of positive images in TV, movies, music, politicians, sports figures, police in schools and more, freedom and morality are discussed as being in conflict with each other. Benjamin Franklin once wrote on the subject: "Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need for masters." This should ring true to you today as we debate not only our eroding culture, but the role of government in our lives. Are culture and the need for more government control more connected than we realize?

The Religious Nature of the City

from The Gray Area:

This is a must read.

The author provides an historical understanding of human nature, societal & city development. He describes how that development requires order which comes from the spiritual nature built into every human. Whether it is religious or something else, we will develop a central spiritual core in every society. We have moved away from a religious core to a transgressive, postmodern equity, inclusive and social justice core. Whether that core is good or bad makes all the difference. He further illustrates this by detailed comparisons, using learned historical thinkers, from ancient Rome to modern America.

from Post Liberal Order,

Every city is religious by nature because the human person, and thus human community, is naturally, essentially, and unavoidably religious. Such a claim should not be controversial, but because we are tempted to see political culture in a liberal frame which pretends to religious neutrality or indifference, it is a claim which I would like to present at greater length than I normally would by dwelling first on the place of religion in the ancient city. By doing so, it will become clear that the ancient, and thus pre-liberal, way of conceiving the city was ineluctably religious, and so we must never ask whether a city is secular or religious; rather, the only question we must ask is whether the religion of the city is true or false. Examining this question prior to the advent of Christianity gives us some perspective, then. It not only helps us to see how foreign the liberal way of conceiving the city is from classical antiquity, but it help us to understand better the way St. Augustine, and the Catholic Church more generally, conceived the sacred shrines and altars of Christ as having both preserved, strengthened and elevated the sacred bonds of the Ancient City. This matters for how we understand the medieval and liberal order, and I will argue, also matters for how we should understand and oppose various pseudo-religious cultic re-settlements currently underway in our own world today, and why it is so urgent that we be tireless promoters of a public order cognizant of true religion.

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