Friday, November 16, 2007

Democracy and Statism vs. Christianity

Like other ideological constructs, the idea of "Democratic Man" is grounded in presuppositions that are fundamentally at odds with a Christian understanding of human nature. Our view of human nature is fundamental to our understanding of the state, government, and politics—which is simply a midwife of government.

"Of central importance to any doctrine of the state is its anthropology, its concept of man…In the democratic anthropology, strong elements of which are derived from Rousseau, man is naturally good, and only institutions and a bad environment lead to evil or sin on his part…Even more than the classical or elitist view, the democratic anthropology views man as plastic or malleable, and it has led to a heavy emphasis on propaganda, education, and statist controls toward remaking man…In the democratic view, vox populi, vox dei, the voice of the people is the voice of God. There has thus been no appeal beyond the infallible voice, whether incarnate in the democratic majority or in the democratic consensus…Precisely because the Christian Church represents the contradictory view of man, the democratic state is implicitly or explicitly hostile to Christianity. The rise of democracy has seen, on the one hand, the progressive abandonment of Christianity by many states if favor of humanism, and, on the other a radical persecution of Christianity. Christianity is not compatible with totalitarianism, nor with the developing forms of humanistic politics from monarchy to democracy. As a result, in the modern state, the usual choice of a voter who is Christian is between the lesser of two statist evils. The anthropology of both the left and the right is anti-Christian. The conservatives, being usually less advanced and less systematic, represent the statist evil in milder form."

R. J. Rushdoony, “Christianity and the State”


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