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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Vatican Preps to Reclaim Europe

Professor given key role in promoting Christianity

A leading Catholic thinker in Scotland has been given a key role in the Vatican's long-term campaign to promote Christianity in Western culture.

John Haldane, professor of philosophy at St Andrews University, is to become consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture. The 51-year-old, who has written for The Herald, said it was time to "reclaim Europe for Christianity"...
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I just hope it works! It's going to take a lot more than the appointment of a theologian to a Vatican post to get the job done, though I praise the pope's action. Here, at the dawn of the 21st century, Europe has been totally secularized, and North America is quickly following in her footsteps. Ever since World War II, Europe has been sliding down the slippery slope of secularism. North America is not far behind. Most Europeans are no longer Christian. In fact, in some countries in Europe, such as England and France, there are more practicing Muslims than there are practicing Christians. The once great cathedrals of Europe have become little more than museums and tourist attractions. Christianity is all but dead on the European continent.

There is only one problem with this. It defies human nature. You see, human beings are born with an innate curiosity for the supernatural. That's because our psyche is designed with a spiritual component as well as a physical one. When this basic human need for the supernatural is not met, people will develop all sorts of abnormal spiritual behavior to fill the void. This may be one reason why there are so many tales about ghost hauntings and alien abductions in our culture today. These things may very well be abnormal responses to the psyche's spiritual need not being met -- examples of the human mind's desperate need to fill a psychological void. The point is that vacuums must be filled. You cannot create an empty space and expect it to stay empty forever. Sooner or later, something is going to fill it. That's the problem with secularization of societies and cultures. It creates an unnatural vacuum in the spiritual component of a civilization. Sooner or later, it's just a matter of time before something is going to fill that void, and when it does, it might not be what we expect or want.

For decades now, Christian leaders have warned us that the secularization of our society will result in the rise of occultism among young people. These seemingly prophetic warnings have come true both in Europe and North America. The ARIS survey of the American adult population indicated a growth in the Wiccan (modern witchcraft) community of 17 fold between 1990 and 2001 - the highest of any faith group monitored. This would indicate a doubling in numbers of adherents about every 2.5 years. If this growth rate continues unchanged; Wicca will be the third largest religious group in the U.S. by about 2012, just behind Christianity and Judaism. I have been unable to get actual statistics for the growth of Wicca in Europe, but I think it would be safe to say the growth rate is much higher there, and there may already be more practicing Wiccans than there are practicing Christians in western Europe. So in the name of secularization, Europeans have managed only to exchange Christianity for Wiccan occultism as their dominant social religion. Secularization created a vacuum by sweeping away one religion, and the void was simply filled with another. You can't defy human nature. The human psyche needs to be satisfied by the supernatural. If that satisfaction is not readily available in a secularized society, the human psyche will simply reach out to whatever it can in order to get that satisfaction. It's just human nature. There's no use in denying it.

What presents a particular threat to Europe and North America is the fact that occultism is relatively unorganized, and unorganized religions don't last very long. They are soon replaced by organized religions. The last time western occultism was organized was back during the days of the ancient Roman Empire, when caesars were worshiped as a gods, and the state (government) was considered the ultimate divine authority. Unless Europeans are willing to go back to the days of the caesars, they had better brace themselves for the next takeover of an organized religion. Only two candidates remain as plausible contenders. The first is Christianity, and the second is Islam. Since unorganized (occult type) religion cannot sustain itself as the dominant religion for long, and organizing occultism (under a caesar) is no longer an option, it's just a matter of time before one of the two remaining organized religions (Christianity and Islam) make a surge on the European continent. Only one question remains. Which one will it be? Will Europeans submit to the cross of Christianity once again? Or will they bow down to the crescent of Islam this time? Recent social unrest in Europe suggests that Islam has already made strong inroads into European culture, and if given enough time, it will eventually take over European society. France is already paying the price for this with nationwide Islamic riots. As I write this, some 250 cities remain burning in France while the French government struggles to regain control. It may be politically incorrect to say this, but Islam doesn't have much of a record on keeping the separation of church and state. It seems to me, that if Islam ever becomes the dominant religion in Europe, government enforcement of Islamic law will not be far behind.

So I have a warning for Europeans now, and North Americans later, especially to the women of both continents. Enjoy your freedom now while you have it, because unless you and your children return to the practice of Christianity, you can look forward to a future filled with head scarfs and burkas. It may take some time for that to happen, but I have no doubt that the children born now will live to see the day. Remember the vacuum of secularization I mentioned above, and how unorganized occultism (like 'Wicca' and such) do not last as popular religions for very long. Secular vacuums must always be filled, and unorganized religions never survive the mainstream. Organized religion always moves in to takeover eventually. Since a return to the organized occultism of caesar is not likely, it looks like the future belongs to either Christianity or Islam. This is just a fact of historical precedence. It will either be one or the other, and thanks to the jihadist tendencies of the past, history has proven they cannot coexist peacefully. The choice is yours. So, which shall it be?