Saturday, November 24, 2007

Can Islam Produce Democracy?

The columnist Spengler says no. The reason, Islam has no concept of humility, "which acknowledges the limits of one man to impose his will upon another."

Spengler argues that Islam is a species of paganism, and hence individuals are drowned within the collective. He says, as I have argued, that Islam is a political religion and produces statism because it cannot balance the tension between the one-and-many.

Spengler writes:

"Democracy in its modern form is the almost exclusive province of Christian (and in the single case of Israel, Jewish) countries….No concept of intermediate cause, or rational ordering of the universe, is to be found in mainstream Islam…The great 20th-century Jewish theologian considered Islam not a revealed religion, but a species of paganism. In pagan society, he argues, the individual is completely absorbed by the collective…The pagan state, Rosenzweig observes, considers the individual only as an extension of itself, not as the child of a higher power that stands above every state and culture. Pagan societies acknowledge no higher power than themselves. Their gods are an apotheosis of their own character…Not for nothing did the founders of the American republic insist that its functioning was unimaginable without the Christian religion. The purely negative aspects of the American constitution, namely the balance of powers that protects minority interests, means nothing without transcendent trust in something higher than the elements that constitute the body politic. In pagan society there is family, clan, and state; there is no intermediate function of representation, because there is no transcendent trust. Pagans can have (and frequently do have) plebiscites or presidential elections that in a sense are real elections, but they never have a functioning parliamentary system."

2 Comments:

Blogger JBC said...

...The pagan state, Rosenzweig observes, considers the individual only as an extension of itself, not as the child of a higher power that stands above every state and culture. Pagan societies acknowledge no higher power than themselves....

I would say that we are now at the same point of the pagan states of old.

In my county if a child at a government school has three (five?)unexcused abscenses you have to appear in court, beg the prosecutor for mercy, and potentially attend parenting classes.

It is of course possible to enumerate a multitude of ways in which our local, state, and federal governments consider us as cattle to used and managed.

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Darrell said...

Agreed, we are approaching the point where we can call this a pagan state.

My contention is that such states, being at war with God, are ultimately untenable. Christians should be patient, deliberative and obedient, working for the creation of viable institutions to circumvent the state.

That means rather than utilizing state schools it would largely be wise to use Christian schools, or educate at home.

These are just the first steps, and there is clearly much work to do. But the recognition that the future belongs to God and His people is a good place to start.

3:28 PM  

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