Lent is here again which means that it is time for millions of people around the world to give up something until Easter. Unfortunately, many people in Europe have given up Christianity, and along with it, given up the future of the West.
Western society is in crisis. It risks going extinct because there are no core values to guide us anymore. Our increasing atheism constantly butts heads with stronger belief systems as part of a multi-cultural society. Unfortunately, the belief that there are no objective moral constants is not strong enough to fight against a religion that does acknowledge them.
Western identity is Christian but this has been slowly eroded and eventually destroyed over the last fifty years by those selling the lie that Europe has progressed beyond religious belief. This teleological view of society says that we are more advanced than our forebears because we no longer believe in the unseen and science is the only truth.
This is ultimately a self-destructive issue as humans have an innate desire for an objective morality to follow and atheism does not provide that. We see constantly the British government’s trouble as they try to define British values.
All attempts at this have been seen as artificial, soulless, sterile, and lacking any real connection to the way we all live our lives, day to day. British values must be intrinsically Christian; there are no secular rules that can replace those Christian values and provide any deeper meaning.
There needs to be a clear moral reason to follow a law for a country to work together as one. The feeling of a connection to a nation which one gets from sitting in church on a Sunday and listening to the same words and verses that our ancestors listened to cannot be replaced by anything else. And so, we no longer feel connected to our country; we are told that nationalism is bad and that to have pride in the way we live our lives is wicked.
People want to believe in something and if we raise our children to not believe in our culture’s historic religion, they will find other moralities and values to believe in instead. A human being is an empty vessel waiting to be filled with a system of beliefs, to connect with a form of spirituality. Atheism cannot provide this because it is inherently weak as it is a negative belief system, saying that one must believe in nothing.
Liberal atheists refuse to believe in a deity and instead worship artificial ideals as a replacement for the divine. In their desire to believe in something greater than themselves they replace faith, hope, and love with consent, privilege, and patriarchy. More dangerous than liberal atheism, which is inherently flawed as a negative belief system and must eventually disappear, is the dramatic increase in the practice of religions that are not Western, particularly Islam.
The suggestion that there is an objective and external guiding force will always be the more appealing idea as it promotes an active belief system. As a positive code in which people are told to believe in something, it stands a real chance of providing the spiritual experience which all people yearn for.
Through acknowledging moral absolutes, other cultures are able to maintain an identity and within this, they find a purpose. A group of people must have a common, unifying feature and this cohesive bond must be morally centred. These bonds tell people what their values are and what is important to them.
By knowing that the values which you hold dear are the same as your neighbour, a community is formed. If we believe that our neighbour has different values to us, then we find it hard to trust them. If we cannot trust our neighbour, then eventually, society will fall apart. These identities are historically informed by religion and religious texts. It is no surprise that in the culture wars, the more successful elements are the ones who share a positive and active belief system.
They know without having to ask that those like them believe the same things as they do. This forms strong and resilient bonds that cannot be shaken easily.
As we continue to deny Christianity its place as the United Kingdom’s intrinsic doctrine, we run the risk of other religious systems gaining superiority and ultimately, we will lose the very essence of Western society. Christians believe that Christ saved us from our sins, and it seems that the only way the West can be saved from extinction, is to reconnect with that fundamental idea.
How would you define British values? Can a nation come together effectively with a new code of conduct or does it need an ancient moral text as a guide? Let me know in the comments.