Almost from the outset, "illumined" Progressives (God-hating French Jacobins and Free Mason adepts) were decrying Americas' Christian-based worldview, causing Charles Carroll, signer of the Declaration of Independence to issue this warning: "Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime & pure, (and) which denounces against the wicked eternal misery....are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments." (Born Liberal, Raised Right, Reb Bradley, p. 16)
Where there is no God there are no unchanging standards for Truth nor Right and Wrong. In such a climate, the unfettered will of fallen prideful man prevails and in turn creates a climate of lying, hedonism, lawlessness, and tyranny. Why does this happen? In 1926, Gov. Theodore Christianson of Minn. established the Minn. Crime Commission to study crime and evaluate its' causes. The Commission concluded that lying, hedonism, lawlessness and tyranny are not caused by poverty, education or environment as Progressives claimed, but rather mans' inherent depravity. Right from birth, reported the Commission in its findings:
"Every baby (is) a little savage. He is completely selfish and self-centered. He wants what he wants when he wants it: his bottle, his mother's attention, his playmate's toys, his uncle's watch, or whatever. Deny him these and he seethes with rage and aggressiveness which would be murderous were he not so helpless. He's dirty...has no morals, no knowledge, no developed skills. This means that all children (bar none) are born delinquent. If permitted to continue in their self-centered world of infancy, given free rein to their impulsive actions to satisfy each want, every child would grow up a criminal, a thief, a killer, a rapist." (ibid, p. 21)
In other words, every child will grow up to be a sociopath at minimum, a murderous psychopath at maxium. Scripture combines the sociopath and psychopath into one concept: the Natural man.
Though secular, the Commission's findings are nevertheless in agreement with St. Athanasius' description of mans' fallen condition. In "On the Incarnation" he writes:
"God made man for incorruption, and as an image of His own eternity; but by envy of the devil death came into the world (and) men began to die, while corruption thence-forward prevailed against them...(gradually corruption) passed on beyond all measure (and men became) inventors of wickedness (and) exceeding all lawlessness (stopped) at no one evil, but devising all manner of new evils in succession, they (became) insatiable in sinning." (Death by Envy, Fr. George R.A. Aquaro, p. 74)
Depraved men will even "murder" their own Creator. The German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is infamous both for declaring the death of God and for forecasting the age of Nihilism....the age of lawlessness created by the unfettered will of depraved man. No one has more clearly and succinctly described the age of depravity than Nietzsche as when speaking through his character the Madman he declares:
â€œWe have killed him (God), you and I! We are all his murderers! But how have we done it? How were we able to drink up the sea? Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the whole horizon? What did we do when we loosened this earth from its sun?â€¦â€
As the dark prophet Nietzsche foresaw, the death of God meant the death of all authority, of all moral constraints, and ultimately, of the Christian West. The West would fall through the Looking Glass into the upside-down universe of unrestrained depravity envisioned by Nietzsche:
â€œOf all that which was formerly held to be true, not one word is to be credited. Everything which was formerly disdained as unholy, forbidden, contemptible, and fatalâ€”all these flowers now bloom on the most charming paths of truth.â€
Such is the universe of nihilistic depravity in which there is neither good nor evil, up nor down, holy nor unholy, right nor wrong, true nor false, straight nor crooked. Where there was once God, there is now nothing; where there was once authority, order, certainty, faith, hope, and meaning, there are now rebelliousness, meaninglessness, strife, chaos, doubt, despair, and unprincipled and arbitrary action. This is the world so perceptively described by Fyodor Dostoevsky who said that if God is dead, all things (evils) are now possible.
Nihilistic depravity is like a universal acid. It eats through everything good, true, decent, orthodox, and life-affirming, leaving behind a desolate landscape of nothingness. This is because Nihilistic depravity has no program but personal power. It believes in nothing but self. It knows only violence, egotism, lust, gluttony, contempt, and hatred. The depraved are prisoners of their own inward-turned souls, hence of their own narcissism-induced stupidity and out-of-control appetites and only know what is wanted, at any given moment, however fleeting.
Nihilistic depravity has unleashed a tsunami of evil working through the programmatic subversion and perversion of America's youth. Evil is made visable in the rotten fruit thus far produced, from youth killing each other and their own parents to youth publicly rutting on each other for example.
While protesting the "gay" perversion of Americas' youth, one horrified Massachusetts father recently described the mob of depraved delinquents who surrounded him:
"My arguments in my flyer seemed devastating to the gay agenda...At least one hundred kids (surrounded) me like buzzing bees...some yelling degrading comments like "moron," "idiot," cursing...throwing food...burning my flyer, doing simulated sex acts, telling me they were going to sodomize me, boys were kissing..other boys, girls were making out and fondling other girls to loud ecstatic cheering (and) none of these kids were even told to go to their classes! One boy walked past me several times over the course of a few hours eerily holding up two fingers clad in surgical gloves. It was like being in Sodom and Gomorrah!" (http://www.massresistance.org/docs/events07/day_of_defiance/index.html )
"Death of God" Progressivism does not lead to something new and better but rather the reverse. For under the guiding hands of "illumined" Progressive Nihilists the American economy has been bankrupted, industry and jobs have moved overseas, American youth are being transformed into sociopaths and psychopaths while the new Sodom and Gomorrah...America... teeters on the edge of the abyss.
As America sinks under its own corrupt weight, evil---the unfettered will of depraved man---is triumphing and totalitarianism will be our eventual fate.
Over fifty years ago, Conservative John Hallowell wrote that if America and the West are to find redemption from the tyranny of evil, "We must restore to our vocabulary a word discarded long ago, namely sin." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America, George Nash, p. 52)
But do we have the will to restore sin to our public vocabulary? More importantly, do we have the unwavering courage of conviction to call depravity by its' name---sin?