Acknowledge the importance of the Bible in Western culture

Acknowledge the importance of the Bible in Western culture, by Kevin Donnelly.

T. S. Eliot, the English poet, argues Christianity underpins much of Western civilisation, including our legal and political systems, the concept of public and private morality and our literature and the arts.

When detailing what makes Western culture unique Eliot went as far as saying: “If Christianity goes, the whole of our culture goes.” ,,,

Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady tells Eliza her native language is the language of “Milton, Shakespeare and the Bible” and it is clear that the English language, especially our literature, owes much to the Bible, especially the New Testament. …

As argued by the Perthbased legal academic Augusto Zimmermann, the moment Governor Phillip landed at Sydney Cove and planted the British flag we inherited a legal and political system heavily influenced by Christianity and the Bible.

The Biblical statement that “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus” forms the basis for Western legal and political concepts like the inherent dignity of each person and the right to freedom and liberty.

In a world where millions are denied the freedoms we take for granted the fact that Australia is a Western liberal democracy heavily influenced by Christianity explains why so many want to immigrate here and lead a free life.

The belief that we are made in God’s image explains the value Western culture places on the sanctity of life and the commandment to “Love thy neighbour as thyself” is the reason so many charitable and philanthropic organisations are Christian. According to some estimates, nearly 50 per cent of Australia’s health, education, social welfare and charitable organisations are either Christian or Christian in origin. With schools, for example, more than 20 per cent of Australian students are taught in Catholic schools.

Which is why the left works so hard to remove all vestiges of the Bible in our society.

hat-tip Augusto