By Alexander Boot
What made the West 'western'? And has Western civilisation discovered modernity yet misplaced itself? This provocative and stimulating polemic argues that the trendy global has destroyed western tradition and civilisation with no gaining something in go back, leaving modern guy with a non secular and cultural hole that no volume of fabric wealth can fill. it is a courageous and tough try and clarify how and why this has occurred and current a brand new inspiration of contemporary background for our complacent instances.
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Usually they joined of their own accord, attracted perhaps not so much by the Jews’ God as by their social stability. Proselytes often wavered in their religious beliefs, as converts tend to do after the initial outburst of neophyte zeal. Later, it was those Jewish proselytes who were drawn to Christianity in droves, not so much the ethnic Hebrews of Judaea among whom the apostles made little headway. This partly explains why Paul’s mission was so much more successful than James’s. The former operated at the soft periphery of Judaism, the latter tried to strike at the centre and died in the attempt.
So before we can begin to solve traffic congestion we must first consider a whole raft of problems encroaching on the issues of legality and punish- 17 How the West was Lost ment, public duty and personal responsibility. And, should we wish to follow the thread further, we shall reach the domain of morality, its relation to religion, politics, economics, philosophy and – ultimately – human nature. En route, few parts of our existence will be bypassed as we continue a meandering journey that started with a small step: trying to do something about London’s traffic.
The losers do not just drop out never to be heard from again. If a cultural trend is dominant in a certain period, other trends cannot be automatically presumed to be nonexistent at the same time. Thus, although Modman replaced Westman as the dominant social force, as the latter had replaced Hellenic man, each replacement took centuries, with much overlapping in between. Modman overlapped with Westman for roughly a quarter of a millennium, which is how long it took for his victory to become irreversible.