Definition of ecce homo
: behold the man —from the words of Pontius Pilate when he presented Jesus, crowned with thorns, to the crowd before his crucifixionEcce Homo | Definition of Ecce Homo by Merriam-Webster (merriam-webster.com)
This the second part of the following topic in bold below.
Are The Conflicts That Arise Because Of The Differences Between The Christian Worldview And Secular Morality The Cause Of Our National Divide?
What is the subtopic in this post.
The Origins Of The Modern Secular Morality
We cannot visit the past. It is expensive to visit a foreign country. So, most Americans do not appreciate how distinctive our Christian heritage is from the heritage of non-Christian peoples. Because we have little experience with our own pre-Christian ancestors and the brutal practices in other nations, we don’t know the magnitude of the unpleasantness we are missing. Unfortunately, our ignorance is a problem. For the sake of tolerance and so we can allow politicians to run our schools, we allow public school teachers to indoctrinate our children in the supposedly secular ideology of multiculturalism.
Multiculturalism, the view that cultures, races, and ethnicities, particularly those of minority groups, deserve special acknowledgment of their differences within a dominant political culture. (continued)multiculturalism | Definition, Impact, Challenges, & Facts | Britannica
When we implement this view with respect to education, we make a wreck of our education system. Because we have a finite time to educate our children, we must choose what we want our children to learn. Multiculturalism, because it focuses on teaching so many differing beliefs, interferes with the instruction of children in the beliefs that have the most merit. What ideas have the most merit? With respect to religious and cultural beliefs, is that not something parents should decide?
Government is clearly not qualified. Multiculturalism, the government’s solution, is a demonstrably absurd solution. Because multiculturalism is based upon the demand that all views need to taught, multiculturalism implies that all views have equal value. That proposition cannot logically be true.
If all views have equal merit, then the view that Christians have a better view on Jesus than the Jews have is just as true as the idea that Jews have a better view on Jesus than the Christians do. But this is hopelessly contradictory. If the first statement is what tolerance amounts to, then no one can be tolerant because “tolerance” turns out to be gibberish.The Intolerance of Tolerance (townhall.com)
There is only one way all theistic beliefs can be equally valid. God does not exist. Therefore, multiculturalism demands an absurd degree of tolerance. If the effort keep our schools secular requires us to allow our government to teach our children to be Atheists, then government cannot run our schools. That sort of Secularism violates the First Amendment, which prohibits our government from establishing a religion.
Consider what should be obvious. Consider the advice of Peter Kreeft’s (of Boston College.) tolerance.
Be egalitarian regarding persons. Be elitist regarding ideas. — Peter Kreeft of Boston College (from here)
Is Christianity the best, most elitist idea? Consider this excerpt from Dr. Everett Piper’s column.
In his excellent article written for The Steam, Jonathan Van Maren summarizes Mr. Holland’s newest book, “Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World,” as follows. “[Holland’s] book … [comes] as something of a surprise for several reasons. First, Tom Holland is not a Christian. Second, [‘Dominion’] is one of the most ambitious historical defenses of Christianity in a very long time.”
Mr. Van Maren continues. “While studying the ancient world, Holland … realized something. Simply, the ancients were cruel, and their values utterly foreign to him. The Spartans routinely murdered ‘imperfect’ children. The bodies of slaves were treated like outlets for the physical pleasure of those with power. Infanticide was common. The poor and the weak had no rights.America does not need the pallid milquetoast of Biden and complicit RINOs – Washington Times
Several years ago I wrote a series of posts (The last post, WHO IS THIS MAN? by JOHN ORTBERG — PART 7 – Citizen Tom, contains links to the rest.) on John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man? Here is how I began the series.
Even those who do not believe he was God must find the life of Jesus of Nazareth incongruous. Yet do they ever wonder? How did a mere man, a man unbelievers say was not God and never did anything, ever become the most famous man in history? Well, the unbelievers are wrong. Jesus did quite a bit, and that is the point of John Ortberg‘s book, Who Is This Man?
In chapter 1, Ortberg begins his book by observing that Jesus did not become famous in any of the usual ways. He was not a conquering general of armies. He was a teacher, but not just a teacher. He was not particularly famous in His lifetime, but He left a church that grew and spread His Gospel.WHO IS THIS MAN? by JOHN ORTBERG — PART 1 – Citizen Tom
What did Jesus do that so dramatically changed Western civilization and has slowly changed much of the world? Well, Ortberg’s book provides the answer in some detail, and the Bible provides the answer in exquisite detail. Here is an example.
Anyone who was raised in the United States has to some degree received some portion of the Christian heritage left by the people who founded this nation. Everyone who was raised in the United States, even if they are not a Christian, know that Jesus taught that we should love and care for each other, that all of us have the potential to be a child of God. What Secularists have trouble accepting is this belief.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,Declaration of Independence (archives.gov)
What do Secularists believe? Secularist believe that government gives us our rights. Instead of rights given to us by God, the One who created and loves us, Secularists believe in reason. Secularists believe that we will elect government officials who will give us our rights because some sort of ill-defined logic requires it. Voters supposedly want a government that maximizes the happiness of the most people. Given the history of Man, there is no reason to believe that will work.
This is part of the fourth installment in this series. What were the first three?
- Introducing The Topic
- Does Secularism Provide A Practical Foundation For A Decent Ethical System?
- Does Christianity Provide A Practical Foundation For A Decent Ethical System?
- Are The Conflicts That Arise Because Of The Differences Between The Christian Worldview And Secular Morality The Cause Of Our National Divide?: In progress.
Where we at in Part 4 of this series?
- How do we form a mature conscience?: Last post, Part 4A
- The origins of the modern Secular morality: This post, Part 4B
- The issue of pride: Next post.
- Do our political divisions match our religious divisions?
- Multiculturalism and Conservatives (americanthinker.com)
- Multiculturalism (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
- Developing a Multicultural Ideology | The Center for the Study of the Individual and Society (umn.edu)
- Abandoning the Christian Values That Make America Exceptional – The Christian Post
- Was America Founded As A Christian Nation? (forbes.com)
- America’s Christian Tradition Deeply Influences Culture | National Review
- Did America Have a Christian Founding? | The Heritage Foundation