The Noble Savage
Tags: Church Growth, Church Growth Movement, liberalism, Christian Traditions, Voltaire, Francis Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live?, The Enlightenment, American Revolution, French Revolution, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Bohemian, Richard Hofstadter, Peter Jones, Spirit Wars, R C Zaehner, Hinduism, Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
current assault on these rich Christian traditions in
Though they were witnesses to the triumphant demonstration of Gods grace working among His people during the American Revolution, the French turned to rationalism rather than God. So as they revolted against their aristocracy, the French simultaneously rebelled against God. It was Voltaires humanistic Enlightenment proposition that lead the charge in the French Revolution. And it led to their demise.
The utopian dream of the
Enlightenment, wrote Francis Schaeffer in How Should We Then Live? can be
summed up by five words; reason, nature, happiness, progress and liberty. . .To the
Enlightenment thinkers, man and society were perfectible. In spite of this optimism,
the French Revolution did not have the same happy ending that occurred in
The 60s counterculture revolution in
As a result Rousseau saw the restraints of civilization as evils: Man was born free, but everywhere he is in chains!
According to Francis Schaeffer in How Should We Then Live? We must understand that the freedom he advocated was not just freedom from God or the Bible but freedom from any kind of restraint freedom from culture, freedom from any authority, and absolute freedom of the individual a freedom in which the individual is the center of the universe.
Rousseaus whole philosophy built around autonomous freedom led to the Bohemian ideal. This is the hero who fights against all of societys standards, values and restraints. The hippies picked up on Rousseaus noble savage while taking on all of his anti-civilization attitudes. For this reason the revolution that they led is called the counterculture movement.
addition, these young 60s idealists had to deal with the historical revisionism as
advanced by historians such as Richard Hofstadter. While under the umbrella of taking an
honest look at our nations past, revisionist historians took on the attitude of
newsstand tabloids. These changers of history sought to dig up every little piece of smut
or inconsistent thinking on the part of the great Christian men in
The twentieth century American
Revolution, wrote Peter Jones in Spirit Wars, promises a society without
patriarchy, that is, without the traditional family structure, and, in the long run,
without God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth. Therefore, while under these
influences, counterculturalists were not content to simply tear society apart. They also
sought to rebel against the religion that had made the country what it was. The movement
therefore focused its attention on replacing Christianity with a religious system that was
very foreign to
As countercultural eastern religious themes have been applied in our society with the promise of autonomous freedom, the actual result has been the slow erosion of our civil liberties. There is no mystery why this is so. According to the ancient Hindu dharma, wrote R.C. Zaehner in Hinduism, men are not born equal; they are born into that station of life for which their past karma has fitted them. The Hindu religion that the counterculturalists flocked to supports a rigid caste system by declaring just the opposite of Thomas Jefferson's words in the Declaration of Independence. There are no inalienable rights in this system. Theres no freedom here. This religion of the East that the hippies adopted is all about bondage.
Since it was based upon Rousseaus destructive countercultural philosophy and the mystic religions of the East, the 60s revolution was as all about tearing everything apart without any plan to replace it with anything other than sex, drugs, rock and roll and a whole lot of government control. And now we see that modern political liberalism has completely given itself over to this Bohemian strategy along with its Eastern mystic themes. That is why contemporary liberalism is so bent on undermining liberty by destroying everything that has to do with our Judeo-Christian historical traditions even as it advances Marxian socialism. This revolution, Peter Jones concluded, penetrates every home and soul, redefining sexuality, spirituality, God, religion and revelation. The new world order turns everything we know on its head good becomes evil, homosexuality the preferred sexual expression, and the traditional family a minority structure. The goal is the destruction of the American way of life.
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