October 12, 2009
Your Thought for the Day

"[Casting Columbus as a murderous brute] is primarily an effect of the Calvinist Puritan roots of American progressivism. Just as Calvinists believed in the centrality of the depravity of man, with the exception of a minuscule contingent of the Elect of God, their secularized descendants believe in the depravity and cursedness of Western civilization, with their own enlightened selves in the role of the Elect."

This describes so many of my center-left friends so very well it's actually a bit frightening.

But only a bit.

Via Instapundit.

Posted by scott at October 12, 2009 03:39 PM

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I'm really not buying that one, either. Unless I'm remembering Calvinism and the general mindset completely wrong, I'm not sure the depravity and cursedness are related to each other. The end result is much the same, but I'm thinking this is a correlation and not a causation. I don't think the secularized group migrated their source of depravity from the individual to the culture. I think that's much more an outgrowth of a continually idealized view of existence and the institution of equality of results vs the equality of opportunity. Since Western civilization surely doesn't promote equality of results, it's evil.

Too much molly-coddling, if you ask me.

Posted by: Ron ap Rhys on October 12, 2009 05:13 PM
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