With great humbleness and unflinching intellectual honesty, Peter Hitchens, brother of now-deceased prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, chronicles his personal journey through secular Leftism into a committed Christian faith in his book, "The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith." Leftism is inherently hostile to the living, personal God and Christianity, and this hostility is quite specific said Hitchens. This is because,
"...Christianity is the religion of their own homes and homeland, the form in which they have encountered---and generally disliked and resented---the power of God in their own lives." (p. 3)
Leftist hostility is not generally aimed at Islam because,
"...for most of the Left's time on earth, (Islam) has been an exotic and distant creed, never taught to them as a living faith and never likely to be their own or to require their obedience. Therefore the Left can sympathize with it as the enemy of their Christian monoculture...and therefore (a) "progressive" force. Some Marxist leftists in Britain have taken this to its logical conclusion and have formed alliances with British Muslims despite the Muslim's highly conservative attitude toward women and homosexuals. Others prefer to live in a state of unresolved doublethink." (p. 131)
In other words, some Leftists prefer cognitive dissonance (mental turmoil) while others actually ally themselves with Muslims even though it means throwing homosexuals, women and all Westerners and Americans in general under the bus because their hatred and fear of the living God and true Christian theism take precedence over all other humane considerations. The enemy of Leftism's enemy is their ally.
We cannot understand what has gone so wrong here in America and Europe until we realize that over the course of one-hundred years Leftism has come to dominate the thinking of Europe, much of Latin America, Canada, and Asia, as well as liberal, emergent, Interfaith and New Evangelical theologians, transnational political and intellectual elites and the world's 'new' aristocracy comprised of bankers and corporatists. Thus the secular Leftist view is virtually the only way in which news is reported, politics are conducted, and the way in which young people are educated from elementary school through university. Consequently the vast majority of Westerners who affirm leftist beliefs think of their views as the only way to properly think about life, which explains why anyone who dissents against leftism is labeled anti-intellectual, anti-progress, anti-evolutionary science, anti-reason, anti-choice and further demonized as bigots, homophobes, haters, and narrow-minded fundamentalists.
Though secular Leftism adamantly portrays itself as the product of reason and science it is in reality neo-paganism revised and revamped for modern Western appetites. (Leftism: the Scientistic Religion of Walking Dead Bodies http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18858 )
Paul addresses the reality of Leftism in Romans 1: 20-25:
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (20) Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.(21) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools (22), And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things (23). Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves (24) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (25)
All of this means that throughout the contemporary West and America, the living God is either dying or dead in the hearts of millions of citizens. In his article, â€œA Godless Party Expels the Creator,â€ Pat Buchanan observes that for the first time in the history of America, there was not a single mention of God the Creator in the Democratic platform even though Thomas Jefferson himself, father of the party, proclaimed God the author of our right to life and liberty. But then millions of contemporary Democrats are themselves,
â€œoffended when God is included, because for them, the God of the Old and New testaments is an impediment to the progressive march of mankindâ€ said Buchanan. So why include in a statement of party beliefs â€œa reference to God when a huge slice of that party would be deeply offended because such a reference would be the partyâ€™s formal declaration that their atheist or agnostic beliefs are wrong.â€ (A Godless Party Expels the Creator, Buchanan, Townhall.com, Sep 07, 2012)
The â€œprogressive march of mankindâ€ refers to the superstitious belief that Leftists, whether they call themselves cosmic or planetary citizens, secular atheists, agnostics, progressives, free thinkers, free spirits, materialists, or occult spiritual New Agers are riding an imaginary evolutionary escalator smoothly, progressively ever upward to some imagined state of perfection. (Why the Broad-Minded Progressive will Vote for Obama, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18503 )
Ideas really do have consequences. Good ideas such as the ones on which the West and our nation were founded led to good, though not perfect, consequences. Bad ideas, such as those held by secular Leftists lead irresistably to bad, even thoroughly evil consequences as Soviet Russians and Socialist Germans discovered much too late.
So what are some of the consequences of secular Leftist ideas? As Buchanan made clear, millions of Leftist Democrats are godless, and their godlessness together with their belief in continuous evolutionary change not only negates but makes absurd any and all claims of unalienable rights from God as well as unchanging truths, moral absolutes, enduring principles and standards as well the unique dignity of human beings. Vishal Mangalwadi, Indiaâ€™s foremost Christian scholar observes that the unique concept of man as Godâ€™s spiritual image-bearer gave birth to the â€œbelief in the unique dignity of human beings,â€ and this is,
â€œâ€¦the force that created Western civilization, where citizens do not exist for the state but the state exists for the individuals. Even kings, presidents, prime ministers, and army generals cannot be allowed to trample upon an individual and his or her rights.â€ (Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations, pp. 12-13)
Leftism's spirit of negation does not stop there but moves on to erase manâ€™s soul and spiritâ€“his mind, conscience, and willâ€”as well. It does this because according to the secular scientistic cosmology, matter is the ultimate reality, hence random chemical processes in our brains cause us to think we are thinking when in fact our thoughts are illusions caused by chemical processes. For this reason, cognitive scientist Daniel Dennett, one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism, claims there really is no you, that soul, spirit and will are illusions caused by chemical interactions in the brain while his partner in nihilism, naturalist Tom Wolfe proclaims,
â€œSorry, but your soul just died.â€ (The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientistâ€™s Case for the Existence of the Soul, Beauregard and Oâ€™Leary, p. 4)
The secular evolutionary-materialist cosmology that matter is the ultimate reality but the living God Who exists outside of this world is imaginary, has already admitted that it cannot even account for the origin of life, consciousness and matter anymore than it can explain why random chemical processes in our brains should be trusted to lead us to truth. In reality it explains nothing, not life, not matter, not mind, and not even science, for the truth is not in it anymore than it is in godless secularists.
And this is why in the end, secular Leftism collapses into a declaration that if the living God does not exist, then as Fyodor Dostoevsky ominously warned, everythingâ€“no matter how destructive, perverse, repugnant and thoroughly evilâ€” is allowed.
If the living God and His revelation do not exist, there are neither higher, unchanging truths nor moral law, which means that reality itself does not exist since all value systems are equal, hence nothing has any value. Bereft of mind and unchanging higher truth, science itself is a myth, progress an illusion, and a civilization respectful of human rights is in no way superior to societies based on jihad, caste-systems, karma, pantheism, slavery, genocide, and tyranny.
Secular Leftism empties into nothingness---nihilism, and in no Western thinker has the nihilist doctrine been more clearly expressed than in Nietzscheâ€™s ecstatic utterance, â€œGod is dead.â€ The living God is dead in the hearts of millions of modern Westerners, and this is as true of secular Leftists as it is of Satanists who rejoice in His death.
Americaâ€™s legions of the godless are quickly moving from ordered freedom to complete license issuing in negation of authority, rules, duty, tradition, work ethics, commitment, fidelity, personal responsibility, and higher moral causes. Leftism's pseudo-moralism, politically-correct 'tolerance' will forbid forbidding as all that will remain is personal pleasure, power relationships, and above all, what â€˜selfâ€™ covets, hates, resents, and desires from moment to moment.
New laws, more jobs, and a different president cannot fix what is wrong with America. Only a return to a committed Christian faith can.