I wish to pick-up on this idea that the country is on the wrong path and heading in the wrong direction.
In the book “A Theological Interpretation of American History” C. Gregg Singer (1964) Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.
We have this:
“The old Puritan colonial dream for America has been replaced by one which bears little resemblance to that which was dominant two hundred years ago. The reason for this decline is not to be found primarily in the vast social and economic changes which have taken place in the last two centuries, or in the new role which this country has been called upon to play in international affairs. These have had their effect on the American mind, but the development themselves are the result of vast intellectual changes which have so transformed this nation that it would be virtually unrecognizable by those who lived here one hundred years ago; and they would have great difficulty in evaluating this nation in terms of the Puritan dream with which they were quite familiar.” Pg. 326
If we consider the dumbing down of the student, which become the adults of the culture, we can see what effect on the country this element has on its thinking, its reasoning and what logical thought process the social fabric ends up with. The simplistic thinking leads to all types of self gratifications in the human being, greed, lust and all sorts of evilness. But even with that in place, there must be something more that is the major factor in contributing to this jumping to the wrong path—heading in the wrong direction. It is one thing to have an ignorant people but quite another to have both ignorant, and a corrupt people.
What major process and/or happening could lead to a corruption of the social fabric in a rather short period of time? What was the dominate factor that lead to the demise of the country’s culture? If you had to—-single-out—–one thing—–what is it you would name? Remember from 1620 through 1860 the culture was continuing to improve on all fronts. Income tax and the Federal Reserve were still decades away (1913)—FDR and the new Deal with the beginning of Socialist government was still years away.
So what was this thing that was going to affect our culture in a major way—-throwing it off balance and onto a wrong path and heading in a wrong direction as I think it is?
Singer gives this answer:
“It is to be found in the great changes which have taken place in American theology since the latter part of the eighteenth century; as a result, Calvinism in particular and the older evangelical theology in general, have lost their hold on the American mind to such an extent that they are no longer the dominant forces in the formulation of our political, social and economic thought. They have yielded to various schools of theology, nearly all liberal in their outlook,…” Pg 326
The new Theological Liberalism attacking Calvinism started further back but right after the civil war and in the early 1870’s it begins in earnest with the “Social Gospel” and “Darwinism”. While the intensity of rebellion varied against Calvinism in the different denominations, it never the less was complete in its beginning. The combination of more emotion injected into Christian Doctrine from the Pulpit along with less Biblical knowledge, forced the spectrum of wrongs to be accepted by the people. Man was no longer a sinner but something good and quite capable of being corrected if only shown. All denominations were on the brink of rejecting the “Reform Biblical Teachings” called “Calvinism”, and/or well into the rejection process. By 1913 the acceptance of the state as man’s savior had taken serious roots within the “Progressive” movement of Teddy Roosevelt’s and that type of thinking.
So you say; how does this change the path we are on? The intensity of attack plus the fact that Liberalism, Progress-ism, evilness in the one area brought forth its counterpart in other areas of social thought and action. The term for today for such corruption is called being political correct. It must be noted that Theological Liberalism will become increasingly radical in its political and social outlook, forcing a more Democratic and State view of correction, allowing no God of the Bible, nor His Law and the rule will be a twisted teaching of scripture.
The changing of the path becomes complete as the percentage of people accepting these directional changes becomes the majority of the population and so—–that path will be accepted into social fabric. Arguing the issue or situation can be done but only if you are prepared to frame the argument correctly—-with that being——-starting with the premise one direction of that path is righteous and the other direction of that path is evilness—-there are few common causes argued today were it puts the both politicians going in the same direction and righteously so. You will be arguing righteousness against evilness, right against wrong—-the correct path against the wrong path—the right direction against the wrong direction.
We Shall See—-Don’t you think??????