Is our Christian heritage in the balance, or just ignored?
I hold to the belief that our Christian heritage is a core part of our national identity and that Christian values gave rise to education, universities, adoption agencies for orphans, hospitals for the sick, and a whole lot more that cannot be contained in this post. Even our parliamentary democracy is rooted in the Christian belief, believe it or not!
At this point I would urge the reader to try a little mental exercise: imagine the UK without Christianity. Imagine literature, philosophy and the science of thoughts without their Christian roots. However, traces of Christianity are not only found in museums or libraries, they deeply affect many aspects of our daily lives. Even now, we still count our time from the date of Christ’s birth, Christian names are obvious, one doesn’t work on important Christian feast days, the “C” qualifies many political parties…. But this is only the surface. Everywhere Christianity has been able to penetrate culture and society, it has created a heritage that even atheist regimes couldn’t entirely make disappear: the humanization of culture which touches the heart of civilization.
Nevertheless, Christianity is often considered a leftover, a memory from past times or even as a cultural mark that ought to be erased. Although it is crucial to understand the history of thoughts, it seems that mentioning God, or indeed speaking about a Christian heritage is not allowed.
The UK and the West are living in a period of historic transition and our culture has become increasingly post-Christian, embarking on a massive revision of what it means to be a human being.
On the morning of Sunday the 3rd September, listening to Radio 4 at 08:45, the broadcast of ‘A Point of View’ brought everything in this house to a standstill. It was the voice of Sir Roger Scruton, stating his views on ‘The Religion of Rights’ which I wholeheartedly endorse and would encourage everyone who hold similar views to become a signatory.
Here is his starting gambit.
The Religion of Rights by Sir Roger Scruton
‘European Society’ is rapidly jettisoning its Christian heritage and has found nothing to put in its place save the religion of human rights. But, he argues, this new ‘religion’ delivers one-sided solutions since right favour the person who can claim them – whatever the moral reasons for opposing them.