Liberalism is dying. And that makes it dangerous.
I’ve been thinking about peak feminism and peak liberalism. Somewhat slowly: jetlag exists and resetting the body clock is harder when it is one degree… and you don’t want to get out.
Today the Herald talks about the Anglicans having marriage ceremonies for gay couples. This is the high point of liberalism. Homosexuality, like polyamory, has always existed — and has never been accepted. The Christian standard is celibacy or marriage. Which is hard… on all. Anyway.
The Bishop of Nelson, Richard Ellena, called the proposals a huge dilemma for the church. There would be concerns about how moves in New Zealand would affect its relationship with the international community. “I want us to remain in unity,” he said.
He acknowledged his diocese was conservative. “We just don’t raise it as an issue. I know it’s a huge issue for many but it’s not one you’ll hear preached, spoken about, even debated.”
Mr Ellena said he had heard of rogue blessings of gay couples being conducted in Anglican churches.
Massey University associate professor Peter Lineham, an expert on English and New Zealand religious history, said he believed the proposals were likely to lead to gay priests and gay marriage. Preliminary votes among the seven dioceses in New Zealand had led to support from four.
“The bishops have been walking very carefully because they are nervous they’ll be held responsible for the Anglican Church falling apart.”
Mr Lineham, who is gay and Christian, said the “liberal phase” of the church internationally was in decline. The greatest church base was in Africa where conservative attitudes were dictating its approach.
Prof Lineham and Ven. Ellena (I do not know why people do not use correct titles) are both correct. The Anglican church, like society, is turning conservative, because liberalism has been shown to lead to a death spiral and most people know this. This comment was highlighted by Bill Werner. Go and read the entire thing.
Males raised in feminist households or single-mother households are sick and tired of all this nonsense because they have seen the hatefulness in feminism since they were born, and every day afterwards. These young men are extremely angry because it has been made clear to them they are considered irrelevant by most of society. Go ahead, keep throwing us young guys under the bus, because you are just making things worse. You have no idea how angry young men like me are after being thrown under the bus ever since we were born.
The backlash is not only real, but it is well-deserved. Apologies won’t erase the damage which has been done. Acting like what happened because of feminism either didn’t happen or was minor is a slap in the face. Saying women have suffered from feminism just as much as men is like spitting in the faces of all the men who have suffered ten lifetimes of pain because of feminism.
The problem is that the people in power think like liberals. The assumptions that Bill Werner’s commentator mentioned are graven into our society by two generations of feminist subversion of institutions.
So why do I mention Gay marriage as a peak event? Well, with a few honorable exceptions, the zeitgeist among gay men and women is liberal. The rainbow faction has a significant amount of power in the politics of the left. But their ideas will die with their generation, as Spengler notes.
Any sense of meaning that applies only to us, but not to our ancestors or our descendants, will putrefy along with our flesh. That is why we cannot invent meaning for ourselves: we can only receive it from tradition and pass it on. Call this the existential paradox.
If we detect no meaning in the lives of our ancestors, to be sure, we are unlikely to bother to bring children into the world who will only come to despise us the way we despise our own parents. Demographers across the ideological spectrum, including secular liberals like Eric Kaufmann and Kevin Phillips, agree that people of faith tend to have children while the non-religious tend not to have children.
In the long term, secular modernity will liquidate itself through infertility. But in the meantime, people trapped in the existential paradox experience a kind of death in life – the reverse of the religious idea of life in death, thanks to the God “who keeps faith with those who sleep in the dust,” as Jews pray daily.
However, a dying culture, and post modern, liberal modernism is a culture, tends to become more desperate as they see their impending doom. In the church, the liberals are basically retiring. Their children are facing being a minority, and the younger believers are conservative to fundamentalist. The time to get the liberal projects through — is going to end. Within five to ten years. And the churches that succumb to these demands will die.
Which is why liberalism is dangerous. As Spengler says, don’t live in a zombie culture. And don’t live in a zombie church.