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Christianity + Western Civilization

There is a flow to history and culture.
This flow is rooted and has its wellspring
in the thoughts of people.

—Francis A. Schaeffer, How Should We Then Live

Do you want to fight for the values
of Christianity... and of Western Civilization?

Do you want to combat cultural marxism and related ideologies
that threaten both the church and society?

“For the New Christian Intellectual” is a worldview project aimed to help you do just that.

To sustain the values of both Christianity and Western Civilization,
you first need to know how to define those values.

Many people do not see that the battle for the world is a battle for ideas and definitions.
Instead, they see it as a battle for:

-Common Sense

These people are partially right. But it will not do simply to defend these terms. We need to define and explain them.

We need an understanding of fundamental ideas—
The ideas that make our traditions sensical and decent in the first place.

If we are going to fight with clarity and conviction,
we need ideology.

An ideology is an integrated theory to understand:


Such ideas are the foundations of Western Civilization—
If there is to be a Western Civilization.

Mere appeals to decency have not stopped societal decay.

They never will.

We cannot not simply appeal to decency; we need to name the evil and define the alternative.

We need an integrated set of ideals:

1. We reject Collectivism, in favor of Individualism.

Every person has the right to his own life. Groups do not have rights; individuals do.

2. Why believe this?

Because rights are for thought and action, and only individuals think and act. There are no "group minds." 

We accept a moral code based on individual life—on the rational self-interest of each individual. We reject a moral code that treats self-sacrifice for the sake of others as an end in itself. Against the dominant trend of what is preached today, we contend that Scripture itself rejects philosophical altruism.

3. Why believe Scripture at all?

Not because of a burning in our bosom, wishful thinking, or because we simply “presuppose” it. Unlike many contemporary Christians, we reject faith as a means to knowledge, which is fideism, or mysticism. We believe Scripture because we are convinced by reason that it is true.

Such are the key ideological issues.

And we have to choose.

The proposed answers are mutually exclusive, and they are exhaustive.

Either the axis of Anti-reason, Self-Sacrifice, and Collectivism is right... or it is wrong.

But if that axis is wrong, then there is only one alternative.
It is the axis identified by the novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand:

Reason, Self-Interest, and Individualism.

These are the ideological questions any Christian must face if he seeks a consistent worldview.

Either the Bible supports individual rights, or it does not.
Either God calls us to seek life, or he does not.
Either Christianity is rational, or it is not. 

The battles for Western Civilization—and for true Christianity—are linked by these questions.

We will help you identify the links. 

When you learn to see them, then you will know
how the battle for ideas is to be won.

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