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The West is collapsing under the weight of authoritarian governments. These “representatives” are rapidly robbing the individual citizen of bodily autonomy, of freedom of movement, and of the ability to work, play and partake in society.

Under martial law, Australia and New Zealand have, in the course of the Covid pandemic, practically reverted to penal-colony status.

Working in tandem as a criminal syndicate, Canadian and American state and corporate entities have colluded to corner the individual, and compel him to offer up his life-blood to the Covid spike protein. That is if their Subject wants to … eat.

Covid vaccine mandates and passports. Lockdowns and quarantines. And racial subjugation to The Other, in the form of a Critical Race Theory that festoons state and civil society: Why have we rolled over? Is this white guilt? And does historical Christianity play a role?

Edward Gibbon would probably say yes.

Gibbon was the genius who wrote, in 1776, the 12 volumes that comprise “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,” wherein he saddled nascent Christianity with the downfall of the Roman Empire, no less. (I read the 1943 version, which was “condensed for modern reading.”)

By so surmising, Gibbon brought upon himself the wrath of “bishops, deans and dons”—not to mention that of the great Dr. Samuel Johnson’s biographer, James Boswell. Boswell called Gibbon an “infidel wasp” for “the chapter in which he argued that the fall of Rome was hastened by the rise of Christianity.”

And indeed, Gibbon seems to point toward Christianity’s self-immolating, progressive, pathologically inclusive nature, remarking on the courting by early Christians of “criminals and women.” (Not my words.)

Even more infuriating to his detractors was Gibbon’s prodigious scholarship. “No one could disprove Gibbon’s basic facts,” opines American author Willson Whitman.

Whitman, who wrote the 1943 Foreword to the abridged version, comments on how “Gibbon outraged the Christians of his era by suggesting the ‘human’ reasons for the success of Christianity.”

“Among these reasons [Gibbon] noted that Christianity … attracted to its ‘common tables’ slaves, women, reformed criminals, and other persons of small importance [Whitman’s words, not mine]—in short that Christianity was a ‘people’s movement of low social origin, rising as the people rose.” (His words, not mine.)

To go by Gibbon, Christianity might be called the Social Justice movement of its day. (My words, this time.) Gibbon certainly seemed to suggest so.

In no way does Gibbon’s thesis—he “professed Church of England orthodoxy”—diminish Christianity’s centrality to Western civilization, its essential goodness and sublime glory, or its great heart in ameliorating suffering across the globe.

It does explain, however, why Christianity, whose missionary mandate is global, not parochial, fetishizes The Other and why the church rarely defends its own.

Or, why Christian religious leaders seldom stand-up for the right of native European populations to retain their countries (despite their “problems” in the procreational department, for Genesis 1:28 commands the faithful to pru urvu).

While Social Justice is a pillar and an imperative in the Hebrew Bible; it’s not a national suicide pact.

Deuteronomy, an early book, showcases an advanced concept of Jewish Social Justice, and is replete with instructions to protect the poor, the weak, the defenseless, the widows, the orphans, the aliens, even the animals (who, as enjoined in Deuteronomy 11:15, must be fed first).

This ethical monotheism, developed centuries before classical Greek philosophy, is echoed throughout the Hebrew Bible (Exodus), and is expounded upon by the classical prophets, who railed against power and cultural corruption so magnificently. The Ten Commandments, lest we forget, preceded the epistles of St. John.

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However, there’s none of this turn-the-other-cheek, love-thy-enemy stuff in the Hebrew Bible and in Judaism, in general. In the Tanach, there’s the imperative of justice. One of the oft-repeated phrases in the Hebrew Bible is, “Justice, and justice alone, you shall pursue.” (Deuteronomy 16: 18-20.)

Be just to your enemies, yes! But love them? Welcome them into your home? Let them walk all over you, outnumber you—even kill you when moved by The Prophet or by Critical Race Theory’s white-hot hatred of whites? Never!

In this, Israel’s much-despised ultra-orthodox rabbis are still hard-core Old Testament, steeped in a religious and cultural particularism, whose impetus it is to preserve the Jewish Nation.

Before Gibbon, it was Voltaire, French philosopher and writer extraordinaire, whose historical analysis led him to view Christianity as having had a softening effect on Rome, culminating in its yielding to the invading barbarians.

If Christians reject history’s lessons—and the imperative to harden The Faith—courtesy of Gibbon and Voltaire, perhaps they’ll heed the Hebrews who revived their fighting faith in their ancient homeland. As an Old Testament Hebrew who loves her Christian brothers and sisters, I pray for this with all my heart.

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Ilana Mercer has been writing a weekly, paleolibertarian think piece since 1999. She’s the author of Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America From Post-Apartheid South Africa (2011) & The Trump Revolution: The Donald’s Creative Destruction Deconstructed” (June, 2016). She’s on Twitter, Gab, YouTube & LinkedIn; banned by Facebook, and has a new Podcast

 
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  1. Dear Madam,

    You have written so many inaccuracies, one does not know where to begin or even which ones to highlight.

    1. You repeatedly refer to Hebrew Bible. This is correct, but why the need? It’s is simply called the Holy Bible. Now, you belong to us, to the World. Don’t be shy!

    2. Monotheism did not “develop” but was revealed by God to His chosen people. One could think of this knowledge developing in the consciousness of Mankind, but that is something else and I doubt you meant it in this sense. If so, it’s all a matter of faith and we will leave it at that.

    3. Do Gibbon and his ilk prefer to sit with the Romans in the collisium, watching gladiators slaughter each other and innocent Christians fed to hungry beasts for sport? Good riddance to the empire!

    4. The guiding lights of the West never miss any opportunity to remind us that we live in a secular and “post-Christian” time. And clever Jews, atheists, agnostics and the likes are only too happy to oblige. Yet, when utopia does not arrive and things start to go south, they blame the very Christianity they so tirelessly worked to undermine and banish from public space. It’s sort of like Nero burning down Rome and blaming it on the Christians and their strange beliefs. History always comes full circle.

    5. Love thy enemy because if you could turn him into your friend then he is no more your enemy. However, you left out another commandment of Our Lord – be wise like the serpent! In any event, this only theoretical since our rulers are post-Christian, secular talmudists who have not the time or care for Christianity.

    6. IMHO, before Luther destroyed the western church and Jewish Bolsheviks weakened the eastern one, Christianity had valorous men who were defenders of the Faith. But now this all seems ancient history, as old as the Roman empire, thanks to the Anglo Americans and all their lackeys.

    7. The Son of God, King of Israel, our Lord, God and Savior came into the world to heal the infirm, uplift the downtrodden, return Adam and Eve to their former glory. This is the fulfillment of the Old Testament, from Genesis to the Prophets of Israel. This is the purpose of the Jewish nation, the meaning of our being (existence), the Divine plan for Mankind. True, authentic, relevant, fruitful Christianity will always strive to feed the hungry, and care for the stranger and whoever is in real trouble.

    8. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. One could go on, but a little word suffices to the wise. Shalom!

    • LOL: RoatanBill
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    , @Mark Hunter
  2. Antiochus says:

    Your point is well taken, but for all the wrong reasons. Gibbon (and Voltaire) were both brilliant fools. Empires do commit suicide due to their own decadence (Toynbee). Christianity actually prolonged the Empire’s agony (rightly or wrongly) and in the end, the Medieval Church picked up the pieces and kept European civilization alive. Christianity conquered the empire, not the other way around. You need to read Simone Weil, a sister Jewess who saw Judaism for the scam that it is and was not afraid to call a spade a spade in the quest for truth.

    Your spin on Deuteronomy 11:15 is not even good coherent rabbinic nonsense. The ancient Jews were without a doubt the most barbaric, warlike primitive tribe in the ancient world. They were stone age nomads who infiltrated and conquered by subterfuge and stealth the Bronze Age civilizations far more advanced than their own. (I am not the least bit surprised that Israeli anthropologists have speculated that the Taliban are actually Jewish descendants.) It is an open question whether the ancient Jews conquered by the designs of the universal God or by their own bloodlust which they attributed to their tribal deity. In either case, before you quote Deuteronomy 11 as a proof text of Jewish magnanimity and benevolence toward the natural order, make sure you juxtapose it with 1 Samuel 15:3, Joshua 6:21. And don’t forget God’s command to Moses in Joshua 31:9-11 or the exalted Jewish poetry of Psalm 137:9.

    You are correct that the Ten Commandments proceeded St. John. Bravo! You at least have your chronology correct. But the Pagan Chaldean Abraham who pimped his half-wife/half-sister to Pharaoh (Genesis 12:14-16) where she experienced Pharaoh’s modified penis in all its glory which inspired Abraham to modify his own, was to the New Testament writers merely a transitional figure. Even if most Christians blindly follow their Jewish ancestors and believe otherwise, Jesus knew better and didn’t pull any punches when he called out those Jews who claimed Abraham as their spiritual father as “liars who are of their father the devil.” (John 8:31-44) I am not trying to diminish or disrespect Abraham, nor was Jesus, but merely saying that if you are trying to build any kind of substantiated argument based on chronology, Paganism proceeded Judaism. (Suggested reading, Owen Barfield, Saving the Appearances.)

    Jewish “Justice” is to say the least, a bit self referentially incoherent. “Justice and justice alone, you shall pursue”(Deuteronomy 16:18-20) contextually pertains specifically to the Jewish tribes who settled in the land that they had stolen from others. (Joshua 24:13). “Is it good for the Jews?” has always been the cornerstone of Jewish justice. Nothing has changed in that regard. To be sure, Christians have self-destructive impulses which you are right to point out. Some of these are misplaced but some are answers to a higher calling, again, per Simone Weil who demonstrated with her own life as did the Messiah who your people clearly murdered no matter what the corrupt Roman Church says politically. (Matthew 27:1-25)

    Christians do need to toughen up but it’s not to save the Jews or even themselves. We believe we will be saved if we persevere until the end. (Matthew 24:13) You on the other hand, will not only be damned, but will, as history has repeatedly instructed, be holocausted. Probably most of those who you perceive as Christians, are not. But that judgement is above my pay grade. What I can say with absolute authority (Mark 16:15-16) is that you need to repent and throw yourself on the mercy of the Messiah who your own ancestors ignorantly sacrificed in cold blood… ironically… for your own imperfections.

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  3. At this point, whites are better off turning Muslim.

    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  4. black dog says:

    James Boswell’s Christian credentials weren’t exactly spotless. There was a man who contracted syphilis a dozen or so times and who used to hammer on the whorehouse door at 6 AM. And yes, the “lost sheep” were always of more interest than the rest of the flock to most Christian denominations. Fallen women and men, a particular obsession.

  5. BuelahMan says:

    I agree with her for once. Except that the reason for it all is jews (her clan).

    Christians (and everyone else) need to man up and rid themselves of jew-control and eradicate jew power.

    Mercer won’t say THAT.

  6. Christianity was able to undermine and ultimately destroy classical civilization only because the Romans had lost faith in themselves. For a solid half century the empire was plagued with an unprecedented series of natural, political, economic, and military catastrophes. To pious Romans it seemed like the gods had abandoned the people they had once loved so much that they made them masters of the world. The barbarian slave cult offered rewards in the afterlife; this escapist fantasy became more appealing as every sacrifice to the old gods failed to make Rome great again in real life. You’ll recall that pagans and christians alike lived in a child-like, magical world in which every thing that took place was the result of the intentions of invisible spirits.

  7. @Priss Factor

    Hey, Priss, under Islam, I get my White Male privilege back, writ large.

  8. Working in tandem as a criminal syndicate, Canadian and American state and corporate entities have colluded to corner the individual, and compel him to offer up his life-blood to the Covid spike protein. That is if their Subject wants to … eat.

    Sure, most White folk in these jurisdictions are likely to submit in order to maintain the privilege to eat, but not all. I also don’t think many of the coloured folk are going to go so gently into the night.

    We are still in the early days of the response of the “unclean” to the ultimatums to submit or die, and religion will likely be more of an aside than race and social conditioning.

  9. ruralguy says:

    Another excellent article, Ilana –you knocked the ball right out of the ball park with this one.

    Nietzsche rightly said Christianity is a religion of pity, self contempt, and guilt. The Left is nothing more than secular form of this, that forces everyone into self hatred and guilt, through violent conformity.

    • Agree: American Citizen
    • Thanks: ILANA Mercer
    • Replies: @Realist
  10. G. Poulin says:

    One thing the author didn’t mention about the Hebrew Bible is that it was a manual for governing the internal affairs of the covenant people –what we would call the Old Testament church. There was never any intention of imposing the community’s “social justice” mandates on the whole world. To the extant that modern Jews and Christians try to make the Bible into a blueprint for improving the world, they distort and pervert their respective religions.

  11. Realist says:

    For the West to Revive, Christians Must Toughen Up

    Yes, and wise up…if possible.

  12. Realist says:
    @ruralguy

    Nietzsche rightly said Christianity is a religion of pity, self contempt, and guilt. The Left is nothing more than secular form of this, that forces everyone into self hatred and guilt, through violent conformity.

    Great synopsis. Thanks

  13. @anno nimus

    Why call it “Hebrew Bible” instead of simply “Holy Bible”? Because for some years now, “politically/ theologically correct” Christians have decided the traditional term “Old Testament” is offensive to Jews.
    So the Hebrew Bible is just the Old Testament in a different arrangement of books, and the Christian Bible includes both Old and New Testaments (or Covenants).

    “Old” is not necessarily perjorative, but in Jewish/Christian context it implies “supercessionism”–the idea that the NT takes precedence over OT. One solution is to use “First” and “Second”–chronologically factual with no built-in order of importance. Also–since OT is factually “Primary” in length, b/c NT is “Secondary” at only about one-fourth as long, could/should we consider it merely an “appendix”?

  14. lloyd says: • Website

    I recall finding an original published copy of Decline And Fall. I was startled at its appendix. It seemed Gibbon drew from book published sources every inch of Decline And Fall. From that he spun an historical theory that might or might not have been original. His stylistic genius made his legend. As someone once said him, to paraphrase. “Scribble scribble all day Gibbon.” In New Zealand, a concerted effort has been going on for several decades to destroy or lock into storage, original sources. Thereby reducing Gibbon’s British era, same era as Captain Cook, into irrelevant dead white males in the brave new era of fully vaccinated Aotearoa.

  15. BorisMay says:

    It is not Christianity that whites need. It is a leader who has the ability to rouse the mob and terrify the oligarchs.

    It is someone who can induce so much hope and belief in themselves, the people, and put so much fear in the oligarchs that they can not only turn back the tide, in fact, reverse the current state of affairs, whereby the oligarchs fear for their lives.

    Christianity has nothing to do with it. Christian leaders have a record of kowtowing to the most powerful people around them. Thus your US church leaders bow to the Zionists, just as UK church leaders do.

    What was written by some old Jew has no relevance to today. And all of the Bible is Jewish. The original followers of Jesus followed ‘The Way’. They were not Christians. Christianity was created by St Paul. Besides, according to history, the christ was the esoteric leader of mysteries associated with the Pagan gods of Greece. This Christ existed at least 500 years before the time of Jesus of Nazareth.

    In 325AD, to add insult to injury, at Nicea, the bishops declared that Jesus was God and that anyone who disagreed with this was to be excommunicated. Just what Jesus would have done for sure! But Christians don’t teach themselves Church history, because if they did they’d quickly discover how fraudulent Christianity is. It has nothing to do with Jesus of Nazareth in any aspect what so ever.

    Christianity is just Judaism for gentiles. This is why Christians are at least as violent as Jews, if not more so.

    No, we don’t need to toughen up Christianity, we need a decent leader of the white race. These are two different things.

  16. for the West to survive, White Christians must become

    intensely aware of

    the Jew Problem.

    • Thanks: Trinity
  17. Moral depravity in USA has done in Chistianity–fact.

  18. @Antiochus

    The above perspectives are ignorant.

    Consider what is revealed in this video:

    The Roman empire was based on Greek culture

    The original Christian church became what is now known as the Greek Orthodox church

    The western Roman empire was taken over by the Franks who imposed an intellectual version of Christianity which became the modern Catholic church.

    The Orthodox church provided spiritual healing while the Catholic church imposed rules on believers not unlike Pol Pot and the goal was Frankish enslavement of the subject Europeans.

    Comment: the Catholic church cannot be reformed, it’s basis is not in Christ.

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    , @animalogic
  19. eric says:

    While I’m cognizant of malignant scheming by ethnocentric Jews, I feel bad for Ilana having to feel the heat every post. Collectives are not individuals, and every collective contains sinners and saints (some more than others, but still). But, she keeps posting, so clearly she’s got thick skin.

    • Agree: Spender_CGB
  20. Trinity says:

    Christianity MUST free themselves from Jews for the West to revive.

    Hell, Whites, whether atheists, Scientologists, or tree huggers are too nice. Has nothing to do with religious beliefs. Whites think nonwhites think like them, NEWSFLASH, they don’t.

    As for Judaism and Islam, both religions are about hate and violence. IF one were to truly want to live a rich and rewarding life, Christianity seems the way to go while the other two “religions” are for cave dwellers.

  21. RogerL says:

    That is a very interesting perspective that christianity was originally a social justice movement.

    I agree that there is something self-defeating about the way christianity is currently practiced, and this needs to change before the globalists succeed in turning all of us in the west into disposable serfs.

    Unfortunately, the phrase “Toughen Up” is dangerously ambiguous. Many people will take that to mean “double down on ideology” which will be even more self-defeating than the current situation.

    Doubling down on ideology has led the west to the point of falling apart, and instead of being part of the solution, christianity has become part of the problem.

    Christianity needs to balance ideology with pragmatic wisdom. Below is an example of what I mean by that.

    [MORE]

    ~
    In societies past their “use by” date, it is common for the wealthy to get off scot-free from heinous crimes, and the poor to be convicted of crimes they are innocent of. So in general its a good idea to give people, who were convicted of a crime, a second chance.

    When deciding whether to spend resources, and accept risk, in giving somebody a second chance, these questions must be answered:
    – How likely is this person to make a sincere effort to start over and rebuild their life?
    – What are the odds that this person is a talented sociopath, or even a psychopath, which could put our program and lives at risk?
    – Can we afford the risk of giving this person a second chance?

    Ideology will only provide all or nothing answers, and so its very common for christians to spend huge amounts of resources on sociopaths that would rather die than change. Worse yet, the christians make a point of allowing sociopaths into the heart of society (because their ideology says so), which is why our society and economy are now unraveling.

    A society, which is ineffective in dealing with sociopaths, is a doomed society. A person, who is determined to give all apparent victims a second chance, is considered an ideal mark by hardcore sociopaths. All races have at least some hardcore sociopaths.

    In short, christians need to set and enforce boundaries defining who will be helped and included, who will be told to go elsewhere, and who will be kept in jail.

    Ideology can’t provide useful answers to these dilemmas – only pragmatism and wisdom can provide workable answers in these situations.

    ~
    Many of the spiritual practices in Asia encourage a balance between core values, pragmatism, and wisdom, and so the prospects for Asia are rising.

    The west vacillates between unrestrained predatory behavior, and absolutist idealism, and so its prospects are falling.

    The Europeans who settled North America highly valued pragmatism and wisdom. Today this has mostly been lost. The only successful path forwards will be to balance ideology with those values, and become very firm and diligent about doing this.

    ~
    A good start on wisdom is listening with your heart. Doing this helps you stay connected with reality, and avoid drifting off into abstractions. Carefully listening also helps you avoid becoming hard and destructive in your efforts to be diligently firm.

    This is the best summary I’ve found of how to listen well:
    https://ombudsfac.unm.edu/Article_Summaries/Listening_with_Your_Heart.pdf

    The book the summary is based on is even better:
    Resolving Conflicts at Work by Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith

    Without listening with your heart, its easy to drift away from being part of the solution to becoming part of the problem.

  22. bonin41 says:

    Christianity as well as Islam are the most vile religions in the world. They are grounded in intolerance and violence and discourage curiosity. The west will survive without Jesus freakism. Jews are just irritating unless you’re Palestinian.

    • Troll: Trinity
  23. Anon[406] • Disclaimer says:

    More like…

    FOR THE WEST TO SURVIVE, CHRISTIANS MUST SEE JEWS FOR WHAT THEY REALLY ARE… CRIMINALS.

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  24. @anno nimus

    I do like satire.

    Well done.

  25. Trinity says:

    Whether Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu or EVEN so-called atheists, I think it is fair to say that most people see that this world is on its way out. Depression, fear, anxiety, poverty, violence, upheaval, disease, evil abounds, it looks very very bleak out there. Of course a lot of this has been (((orchestrated))) by people with less than good intentions. I sometimes don’t know what to believe to be totally honest but I do have a feeling there has to be a God and I found a particular preaching on the end times once totally riveting. I had heard the usual caca about the Anti-Christ being everyone from the Pope to Ronald Wilson Reagan, ROTFLMMFWAO. However, I have heard more than one pastor say that the Anti-Christ will in fact be a Jew, I forget the passage of the Bible the pastor was reciting but it makes sense.

    The Anti-Christ will deceive many, and the Jew will NEVER except a Gentile, so the AC being a Jew does seem to make more sense. The Anti-Christ will deceive the Jew in the end according to some Biblical scholars. Not sure I remember right but a group of nations will go against Israel. I think the nations might have numbered 10. Whatever, the end times do not seem to bid well for some people. What may a man profit if he gains the whole world but loses his soul. Maybe people need to think that one over. Eternity is a long mutha effer. Scorecards are being kept and nothing is really a secret.

    Cue: When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

    • Replies: @Trinity
  26. cassandra says:
    @Anonymous Dyer

    Thank you for this perspective. Having encountered this thesis for the first time, I’m still early in the process of digesting the ideas. The proposed explanation for the way that Roman estates connected by open roads became fiefdoms protected by castles is worth exploring.

    As for slavery, on the other hand, the authors seem to present this as a Frankish invention applied to conquered Rome. However, at least in the Gallic Wars, and likely elsewhere, the Roman MO for treating conquered enemies was to send them “under the yoke”, to enslave them. So if Frankish enslavement of conquered people hadn’t been a generally practiced policy of those times, in the particular case of Franks conquering Romans, it was at least payback.

    Also, before portraying the Frankish changes as being universally for the worse, I understand that the average lifespan of a Roman slave was about 17 (pls correct if wrong), and the implied attrition required a continued supply from Roman conquests to maintain the slave population at the required levels. It’s hard to imagine that the Franks could have made the status of slaves that much worse, but then I suppose I shouldn’t underestimate man’s capacity for evil.

  27. Trinity says:
    @Trinity

    oops, that is accept not except. Must have been a Fraudian slip. teehee.

    Cue: Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones

  28. Julia T. says:

    It does explain, however, why Christianity, whose missionary mandate is global, not parochial, fetishizes The Other and why the church rarely defends its own.

    Or, why Christian religious leaders seldom stand-up for the right of native European populations to retain their countries

    I think that moral decay, corruption, apathy amd indifference were probably the main causes of the fall of the empire (and history always repeats). And this occurred (like today) because the clergy does not exactly act as prescribed by the 10 commandments.

    Did the church really help the weak, the defenseless, the widows, the orphans? If they acted like they are doing today, they did not much, or more precisely nothing. (They go abroad to introduce money in the form of IMF for the sole purpose of controlling people their and essentially rob their ressources.) Christians here refuse to acknowledge that, or choose to remain silent, i.e. complicit.)

    What does the church do today to help the millions who lost their jobs (apart from encouraging people to be vaxed and spreading the covid lie?) They are acting like when Rome was affirming the Sun rotates around the Earth, or when they encouraged people to burn black cats because they were incarnation of the devil, or when they were calling women who didn’t practice medicice THEIR ways were witches.

    This text also adds some interesting elements (such as the use of mercenaries, which i see as a consequence of the abyssal degree of corruption and the indifference of people who jyst want Du pain et des jeux.)

    Historiography of the Fall of the Western Roman Empire

    brewminate.com/historiography-of-the-fall-of-the-western-roman-empire
    Rated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntosh
    Public Historian

    (excerpts)

    ”In The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), Edward Gibbon famously placed the blame on a loss of civic virtue among the Roman citizens. They gradually entrusted the role of defending the Empire to barbarian mercenaries who eventually turned on them. Gibbon held that Christianity contributed to this shift by making the populace less interested in the worldly here-and-now because it was willing to wait for the rewards of heaven.

    The decline of Rome was the natural and inevitable effect of immoderate greatness. Prosperity ripened the principle of decay; the causes of destruction multiplied with the extent of conquest; and as soon as time or accident had removed the artificial supports, the stupendous fabric yielded to the pressure of its own weight.

    In discussing Barbarism and Christianity I have actually been discussing the Fall of Rome.

    Vegetius on Military Decline

    The historian Arther Ferrill has suggested that the Roman Empire – particularly the military – declined largely as a result of an influx of Germanic mercenaries into the ranks of the legions. This “Germanization” and the resultant cultural dilution or “barbarization” led not only to a decline in the standard of drill and overall military preparedness within the Empire, but also to a decline of loyalty to the Roman government in favor of loyalty to commanders. Ferrill agrees with other Roman historians such as A.H.M. Jones:

    …the decay of trade and industry was not a cause of Rome’s fall. There was a decline in agriculture and land was withdrawn from cultivation, in some cases on a very large scale, sometimes as a direct result of barbarian invasions. However, the chief cause of the agricultural decline was high taxation on the marginal land, driving it out of cultivation. Jones is surely right in saying that taxation was spurred by the huge military budget and was thus ‘indirectly’ the result of the barbarian invasion.”[8]

  29. Baxter says:

    Edward Gibbon’s “Decline and Fall” is as full of errors as this article. For a more convincing history of the late Roman period see Hilaire Belloc’s “Europe and the Faith.” I’ve read this book at least ten times.

  30. Hacienda says:

    I disagree with this because it is annoying. And you treat Christians as if they are your pets. OTOH,
    I find this very agreeable because you treat Christians as if they are your pets.

    • LOL: Trinity
  31. @Anonymous Dyer

    “The Roman empire was based on Greek culture”.
    If we understand “based” as strongly influenced by, beginning with true power after the 2nd Carthigian war.
    Rome was not just some pale imitation of Greece.

  32. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:
    @Anon

    I need to worry about my immortal soul first and foremost. And live my life according to God’s divine plan. If I get that right the rest will take care of itself.


    St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, pray for us

    Edith Stein. Volunteer Red Cross nurse during WWI. German Jewish philosopher (received her doctorate, summa cum laude, under a Edmund Husserl). Carmelite nun. Died a martyr in Auschwitz-Birkenau. A canonized saint in the Roman Catholic Church.

    “If anyone comes to me I will lead them to Him.”— St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

  33. Mark Hunter says: • Website
    @anno nimus

    1. I’m no biblical scholar but I think it’s called the Old Testament, more-or-less the first half of the Bible. I understand that it is, in fact, the Hebrew bible, a.k.a the Torah. Looking it up, I gather there are some differences but that’s not a bad approximation.

    2. This is quibbling with words and in any case an atheist would opt for “develop.”

    3. Straw man.

    4. Christianity should be held responsible for much of the decline of the West. The prime example is their embrace of open borders. It started with the Catholics but now every denomination is for open-borders.

    5. “Love your enemy” and “turn the other cheek” can be rationalized all sorts of ways. They wouldn’t require tortured explanations if they were so innocent.

    6. Martin Luther initiated Protestantism. Statistically Protestants are much better politically than Catholics. Consider the last presidential elections:

    2008            Dem.    Rep.
    Prot./Christ.    45        54
    ( Evangelical    24        74 )
    Catholic            54        45
    Jewish              78        21

    2012            Dem.    Rep.
    Prot./Christ.    43        56
    ( Evangelical     21        78 )
    Catholic             50        48
    Jewish              69        30

    2016            Dem.    Rep.
    Prot./Christ.    37        60
    ( Evangelical  61        81 )
    Catholic          45          52
    Jewish              71        24

    2020            Dem.    Rep.
    Prot./Christ.    39        60
    ( Evangelical  24        76 )
    Catholic            52        47
    Jewish              76        22

    7. I don’t know what you’re driving at and don’t care.

    8. Ditto.

    Ilana,

    Thanks for another interesting essay.

    Mark

  34. In no way does Gibbon’s thesis—he “professed Church of England orthodoxy”—diminish Christianity’s centrality to Western civilization, its essential goodness and sublime glory, or its great heart in ameliorating suffering across the globe.

    The author claims to be Jewish, so maybe this is her idea of flaming sarcasm. If that’s not the case, then I must doubt she has ever cracked a decent history book.

    However, there’s none of this turn-the-other-cheek, love-thy-enemy stuff in the Hebrew Bible and in Judaism, in general. In the Tanach, there’s the imperative of justice.

    The author doesn’t have a single clue about what was going in the New Testament Gospels, and clearly has no interest in finding out. It was only at this point that I thought to look up Ilana Mercer – bragging about being cruel isn’t something you see a lot of.

    https://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Ilana_Mercer

    This is a badly informed Libertarian Racist with a closed mind, and a person I have no further interest in reading. This would be the case even if this woman wasn’t the most disgusting type of Zionist around.

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