The Epiphany

This is a bit off topic, but interesting because it is something that I have long expected. The West had an epiphany in the first half of the seventeenth century as the Thirty Years’ War raged over Europe, leaving horrible atrocities in its wake. The Thirty Years War was, in part, over territory – but more importantly it was also a religious war amongst Catholics, Lutherans and Calvinists. It left people equally disgusted with all religion and aware of its moral bankruptcy in what is often called the Enlightenment. Voices such as Descartes, Leibniz and Newton were allowed to be heard and the religious grip over ideas and the suppression of science were broken. Scientific, economic and social progress took off, and here we are.

Patrick Buchanan posits the interesting idea that the developing conflicts in the Middle East may be the inception of a Muslim Thirty Years’ War. I concur, although if it turns out that way it would be a huge joke as the US increasingly falls back into religious fundamentalism.

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