Faithless Australians may lose more than just God

Faithless Australians may lose more than just God, by Jennifer Oriel.

Australia was created as a nation under God. Soon, it will fall. In the latest census, only 52 per cent of the population identified as Christian. …

Christianity is the generative principle of the free world. Without it, liberal democracy will become hollow and the light of liberty will be put out. …

Across the West, governments are withdrawing funding for Christian groups while activist networks intensify the war of ­attrition against the faithful by means of propaganda and lawsuits. Religious freedom exists in the 21st century West, but the cost imposed on Christians who exercise it can be prohibitive. In the education sector, the media and even the military, there is ­advocacy against Christianity. The anti-Christian position is invari­ably couched in the language of ­diversity, inclusion and minority rights. …

The battle for the free world is raging and Christians are on the front line. It is no coincidence that at the time of Christianity’s decline in the West, Islamists have stepped into the breach to denounce democracy, the secular state and freedom of speech.

For all its pretensions to moral authority, the PC left is ­remarkably slow to realise that the foundations of the free world rest on a Judaeo-Christian value system. …

In his book “What’s So Great About Christianity,” Dinesh D’Souza explains what I regard as the basis of Western civilisation: “The preciousness and equal worth of every human life is a Christian idea.”

Despite the common belief that secular statehood, equality of opportunity, individual rights and limited government are modern creations, all took root in Christian scripture. Christ embodied a revolution against the social order of His day by recognising the worth of human beings was not dictated by bloodlines, wealth or race.

Rather, each human being had inherent worth by virtue of being created by God in His image. The idea of inherent human worth gave rise to the concept that each of us is born equal yet with an individual purpose. The balance ­between equality and individuality was set in scripture. Equality of ­opportunity (as we now call it), is necessary to manifest our unique God-given talents. …

Australian society and the values we cherish are the fruits of a civilisation built on the word of Christ. To state such a truth is to invite ridicule. We are supposed to attribute the virtues of the modern free world largely to science, technology or the Enlightenment. … [But Judaeo-Christianity] has given us inherent human worth, dignity, equality, freedom, secular statehood and liberal democracy.