What is "Civilization?"
Imagine that you're walking down the aisle of your local grocery story buying the things your family needs, choosing from tens of thousands of hygienically packaged, neatly displayed, economically priced items that have been gathered for your convenience from around the world. There are still millions of people on this planet (though their numbers are rapidly evaporating) who would think this is a miracle, and that you must be one of the richest people alive.
Now imagine that you're caught in some strange time-warp, and you find yourself in a strange land, in a strange time. You're no longer getting your food from the shelves in the store, nor are you wearing your mass-produced cotton clothing. There is no sign of "civilization." You are among people that cannot speak your language.
You are in the exact same spot you were in when you were reaching for the milk, but now you are hundreds of years in the past. You are now living with the "indigenous peoples" of the Americas, centuries before Christopher ("Christ-bearer") Columbus would meet them in 1492.
No suburban home with hot and cold running water, air conditioning, and protection from storms.
No doctor, no hospital.
No grocery stores.
No car, no way to escape except on foot. And nowhere to escape to.
Do you feel like you've been "liberated?" Are you now "free" from status symbols, paying bills, and keeping up with the Joneses?
Or do you feel trapped?
Can you get used to your new life? Will you celebrate the "thriving culture" that Columbus will someday meet? Or will you long for "western civilization" for the rest of your life? -- a life which now, in this new (to you) time and place, will be "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short?"You would rather live in America than in Laos or Zimbabwe. This isn't because Whites are superior to Asians or Africans. You would rather live with Asians in Hong Kong than stand in line for four hours with a bunch of Caucasians in Moscow waiting to buy a quart of milk, and you would rather spend a week at an all-black Southern Baptist Church camp than a week in a Soviet Gulag, being tortured by white atheistic communists. This is because Western Civilization is better than Eastern Civilization. Western Civilization is better than Buddhist Civilization or animist tribalism.
And this is because Western Civilization is Christian Civilization.
The English word "civilization" comes from the same Latin root as "city." Augustine wrote a book "On the City of God" (De Civitate Dei).
The City of God leads to life, peace, and prosperity, while the "City of Man" ultimately leads to death, either through tyranny or through chaos and meaninglessness.
Our job as human beings is to build the City of God following God's Blueprints. This is the only path to lasting civilization.
The world before Christmas was a world of dehumanizing violence, irrational occultism and demonism, and the complete absence of any concept of personal liberty. Jesus, the Messiah, by His reigning from the Throne of David, has created Christian Civilization. Every corner of the earth has now been touched by the City of God. Our job is to continue to invite the world to live in this peaceful and prosperous City.
Civilization is holistic salvation. The word "salvation" comes from the same Hebrew root as "JESUS." The name "Jesus" comes from the Hebrew word Yhowshuwa', which is derived from yasha', which is the Hebrew word most frequently translated "salvation." Here's how one mainstream scholar defines the Hebrew word for "salvation:"
Yasha and its derivatives are used 353 times. The root meaning . . . is “make wide” or make sufficient: this root is in contrast to sarar, “narrow,” which means “be restricted” or “cause distress.” To move from distress to safety requires deliverance. [T]he majority of references to salvation speak of Yahweh granting deliverance from real enemies and out of real catastrophes. That which is wide connotes freedom from distress and the ability to pursue one’s own objectives. Thus salvation is not merely a momentary victory on the battlefield; it is also the safety and security necessary to maintain life unafraid of numerous dangers.
John E. Hartley, “yasha,” Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament. Vol. 1, pp. 414-15
Let's think about this definition. An "uncivilized" person with power is called a "tyrant." When God threatens a sinful and rebellious nation, He often threatens to send "a sword." "Sword" is a symbol for violent uncivilized people with power. Tyrants and their armies. These uncivilized tyrants are a threat to our society's salvation. Here again is our definition, with key words highlighted.
Yasha and its derivatives are used 353 times. The root meaning . . . is “make wide” or make sufficient: this root is in contrast to sarar, “narrow,” which means “be restricted” or “cause distress.” To move from distress to safety requires deliverance. [T]he majority of references to salvation speak of Yahweh granting deliverance from real enemies and out of real catastrophes. That which is wide connotes freedom from distress and the ability to pursue one’s own objectives. Thus salvation is not merely a momentary victory on the battlefield; it is also the safety and security necessary to maintain life unafraid of numerous dangers. • tyrants cause insufficiencies and shortages
• tyrants restrict our liberties
• tyrants are our enemies
• tyrants cause "catastrophic meltdowns"
• tyrants restrict freedom
• tyrants interfere with our pursuit of happiness
• tyrants leave us insecure
• tyrants are the object of our fears
"Salvation" in the Bible is therefore "freedom from tyrants." America's Declaration of Independence complained about an empire that "has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance." Around the world, most famine is caused by tyrants, not nature; uncivilized tyrants with power to blockade ports, confiscate family farms, and put farmers in concentration camps. Those who wield political power are the greatest threats and obstacles to civilization.
Tyrants depend on thousands or millions of uncivilized people to carry out the tyrant's de-civilizing orders. Tyrants depend on victims of educational malpractice, who don't know what "civilization" really is.
Who is more "civilized?" These guys:
... or these guys:
Some people don't believe that Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah predicted by the Old Testament prophets. Let's look at an article from a Jewish website called "Why Jews Don't Believe In Jesus." It says,
Jews do not accept Jesus as the messiah because . . . Jesus Did Not Fulfill the Messianic Prophecies.
What is the Messiah supposed to accomplish? One of the central themes of biblical prophecy is the promise of a future age of perfection characterized by universal peace and recognition of God. (Isaiah 2:1-4, 32:15-18, 60:15-18; Zephaniah 3:9; Hosea 2:20-22; Amos 9:13-15; Micah 4:1-4; Zechariah 8:23, 14:9; Jeremiah 31:33-34)
I would like to suggest that Jesus is in fact fulfilling those Messianic Prophecies, and understanding why this is true can revolutionize your faith. (For a detailed response to that article from the Jewish website, click here.)
Most people who call themselves "Christians" today believe that Micah's prophecy (and the others cited) will not begin to see fulfillment until Jesus returns to earth a second time. The Jewish website understands this rationalization:
Because no one has ever fulfilled the Bible's description of this future King, Jews still await the coming of the Messiah. All past Messianic claimants, including Jesus of Nazareth, Bar Cochba and Shabbtai Tzvi have been rejected.
Christians counter that Jesus will fulfill these in the Second Coming. Jewish sources show that the Messiah will fulfill the prophecies outright; in the Bible no concept of a second coming exists.
But the Bible teaches that Jesus was born during "the last days" of the Old Covenant, and He put into effect a New Covenant, and as a result of this New Covenant, billions of human beings have been streaming to "the mountain of the Lord" (Miach 4:2), and the world is more obedient to God's Commandments today than it was before Jesus was born. The world is more peaceful. The world is more civilized. The Pentagon, the Mainstream Media and secular academia do not want you to understand this.
Nor do most clergymen. The more perceptive clergy will say that our belief that Micah's prophecy is already being fulfilled (along with all the other Messianic prophecies), and that we should continue beating swords into plowshares, is "dangerous." They will warn you that we are promoting the ancient heresy of "anarcho-preterism." They are correct (we are indeed promoting "anarcho-preterism") except for two things:
Five Books on the Progress of the Reign of King Jesus in His Messianic Kingdom
Subjects of Chapters from the Table of Contents of each book, plus links to other materials by other authors outside those books. Subjects found in these books:
|D. James Kennedy
What If the Bible Had Never Been Written?
|D. James Kennedy
What if Jesus Had Never Been Born?
|Alvin J. Schmidt
How Christianity Changed the World
|Thomas E. Woods
How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization
The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success
||In important ways, Justinian also
Christianized the Eastern Roman Empire, and the "civil law"
nations followed suit.
Justinian the Great | Influence of Theodora
|morality||morality||America's Founding Fathers frequently
reminded the nation that it is not government or constitutions which
keep people free. It is religion
The Bible made America the most prosperous and admired nation in history. The Bible is the Word of the Messiah.
|It is interesting that none of these books
has a chapter on "peace."
And yet, all of these chapters lead to peace. As even atheists like Pinker admit, the Christian era is vastly more peaceful than the pre-Christian era.
|When every man is his own god, his neighbor
is the devil. Violence and vengeance are rational in this worldview.
Jesus is "the Lamb of God" that takes away the sins of the world. We no longer need to punish our neighbor to gain a sense of atonement. We no longer need to punish ourselves (or let others do so) to atone for our own sins.
|Christian morality is pacifist morality,
while non-Christian morality is warlike.
Some will say that if we follow the pacifist teachings of Jesus, and beat "Swords Into Plowshares" (Micah 4), that "evil will take over." We must be more "practical" and "realistic" we are told. "Peace through strength" we are assured.
But the political and military machinery we have created to be more "practical" and preserve our "security" has, in the last 100 years, resulted in the murder of hundreds of millions of innocent non-combatant civilians, the enslavement of billions under socialism and fascism, and the destruction or confiscation of trillions of dollars worth of private property. If the billions of people who find Jesus to be "impractical" were to take Jesus seriously, their taxes would be cut in half and their sons and daughters would not have died in vain. Trusting in "the State" rather than the Messiah is vain.
|Public schools were created in America to make sure that everyone in town could read the Bible.||education||Christianity's Impact on Education||Church and University||Universities were created by Christians, not atheists.|
|science||science||Science: Its Christian
|Science||Theology and Science|
|Christianity produced science. Non-Christian religions gave us alchemy and astrology; pseudo-science, not science.|
|The Eighth Commandment - "Thou shalt not steal"||If you cannot trade it, you do not own it. If
you do not own it, you cannot trade it for something you want more, up
to a better position. Economic growth is therefore impossible without
the recognition of private property.
A Society of Mutual Benefactors
|Socialism Is Evil||Christian Economics in One Lesson||Property Rights|
|law||government||Christianity puts limits on the State. Primitive religions worshiped the State and the King.||Western Law||Limiting States and Kings
|politics||freedom, civil liberties||Liberty and Justice for All||Rise of Individualism|
|Slavery Abolished: A Christian Achievement||Abolition of Medieval Slavery|
|art||Christianity's Stamp on Art and Architecture||Art, Architecture|
|literature||Hallmarks of Literature: Their Christian Imprint|
|music||The Sound of Music: Its Christian Resonance|
|free enterprise, economics work ethic, honesty, morality||Labor and Economic Freedom Dignified||Economics||[Stark's book is mostly about the rise of capitalism in Christian Europe]|
|medicine, healing||Hospitals and Health Care: Their Christian Roots|
|sex, family,||Christianity Elevates Sexual Morality|
|women children||Women Receive Freedom and Dignity|
|Non-Christian religions are evolutionary. The
"Struggle for Survival" and the "survival of the
fittest" has always meant the poor have no hope. They ought
to be discarded in favor of the "fittest."
Evolution and Genocide
|welfare, charity, compassion mercy||Charity and Compassion: Their Christian Connection|
|Value of human life||The Sanctification of Human Life|
|Christopher Columbus was motivated by the prophecies of Isaiah. He was a Christian hero. Christians were the first to condemn slavery. Columbus repented of his sub-Christian behavior, which is more than can be said of Marxists. Voluntary colonialism is not all that bad, compared to idolatrous superstition and bitter poverty.||International Law|
founding of America
|The State is not Society||People Transformed by Jesus Christ||Globalization and Modernity|
|Our secular schools (operated by swarms
of modern-day Red-Coats) taught us that "civilization"
originated with the ancient Greeks. Gary North writes:
You would not want to live in ancient Greece or Rome. See also this and this. You would say they were "uncivilized." Bishop Augustine was saddened by the fall of Rome, but Salvian the Presbyter understood that real civilization is based on Christian morality: Salvian rejoiced at the fall of the Roman Empire.
Athens or Jerusalem?
Western Civilization is not Greco-Roman civilization. Rome fell.
Western Civilization is Christian Civilization.
Is America a Christian nation? Are the American ideals of "equality before the law" and "the rule of law" products of Christianity, or are they products of "the Enlightenment," which restored principles of the Empires of Rome and Greece, lost during the Christian "dark ages"?
On Fri, 11 Jul 2003 10:43:35 -0700, Libertarian Party Congressional Candidate Joe Cobb wrote:
The idea of an "Enlightenment" is wrong on all counts. The Christian middle ages were not devoid of Greco-Roman influence. In fact, Athens pervaded the middle ages. Thomas Aquinas is well known for his efforts to synthesize Aristotle and Christ. Medieval Christians were converts to Christ from Rome, and brought Rome into the Church. It was Christian scholars who preserved the writings of the "classical" age.
But there were some parts of Rome that could not be synthesized into Medieval Christianity.
Greco-Roman philosophy was homosexual and fascist.
This philosophical conflict has long been described as the conflict between Jerusalem (Christianity) and Athens (the Enlightenment).
Gary North explains the foundational worldview assumptions of Roman culture:
The Old Testament Prophet Daniel predicted the destruction of the ancient imperial world, and the inauguration of a new world order under Christ.
Undergirding American capitalism and American prosperity are "family values" which are antithetical to Enlightenment thinking. America's Founding Fathers drew from the Bible and Christianity far more than they drew from Rome. Clinton Rossiter notes that even when they mentioned Rome,
Dinesh D’Souza adds,
The rest of his article shows that it was Christianity that transformed the ancient world into the modern world.
Everything that was good about classical philosophy had been set forth centuries earlier, in "the Law and the Prophets."
The Greek idea of nomos was preceded by several centuries in the Hebrew concept of Wisdom, which undergirded King Solomon's advice to his son in the book of Proverbs, notably chapter 8, in which Wisdom speaks throughout:
. . . and in other political verses too numerous to mention, verses which are "Hayekian" to the core.
The Christian concept of "logos" was found in the Septuagint, the 3rd century BC Greek translation of the Old Testament, and the baton was passed to John who wrote that this Wisdom existed before the foundation of the earth (John 1:1) -- certainly predating the Greeks.
It's certainly true that some philosophers in the Greco-Roman tradition warned against the excesses of power, and America's Founding Fathers often quoted them, as did John Calvin and the Puritans, but on the whole it was a debauched slave-state, and the Founders more often referred to Rome as a warning of what would happen if America abandoned its Biblical quest to be "a City on a Hill":
Thomas Paine quoted the Bible (1 Samuel 8) in his revolutionary pamphlet against British Monarchy, Common Sense. Tyranny violated a higher law, he said. When Samuel warned Israel of the consequences of seeking a king "like all the nations," he spoke around the year 1000 B.C., and had not "absorbed" anything from Greece or Rome. (Plato wrote his blueprint for tyranny around 360 B.C.)
For libertarians to reject the Hebrew-Christian logos in favor of Greek philosophers is truly suicidal. Plato's Republic is a blueprint for dictatorship, while the Bible is a sustained critique of messianic Statism and a blueprint for anarcho-capitalism.
John Lofton has compiled some telling quotations from scholars in a previous -- more Christian -- century. What follows is from his essay:
And make no mistake about it. Regardless of what you’ve heard regarding the alleged greatness of the ancient, Greco-Roman, pre-Christian world, there was no real, true freedom and/or liberty during this era. None. In his book The Ancient City: A Study On The Religion, Laws And Institutions Of Greece And Rome (1889), Fustel de Coulanges spells out in detail the darkness of this Christless world:
For example, Aristotle and Plato incorporated into their ideal codes the command that a deformed baby son was to be put to death. And in his “Laws,” Plato says (and this sounds very familiar today): “Parents ought not to be free to send or not to send their children to the masters to whom the city has chosen [for their education]; for the children belong less to their parents than to the city.” And in ancient Athens, a man could be put on trial and convicted for something called “incivism,” that is being insufficiently affectionate toward the State! Coulanges says (emphasis mine):
Commenting on our Lord’s God/Caesar distinction, Coulanges says:
Because of this hideous tyranny, it is no surprise that self-murder (suicide) was so rampant in the ancient world. As Dr. Gerhard Uhlhorn tells us in his The Conflict Of Christianity With Heathenism (1899):
And he quotes Seneca, who said that “the aim of all philosophy is to despise life,” as saying, concerning the suicide option:
To which Dr. Uhihorn adds:
And in a little noticed and seldom quoted passage from Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville says:
The historian Arnold Toynbee saw, accurately, the great failing of the ancient Greeks, that they “saw in Man, ‘the Lord of Creation,’ and worshipped him as an idol instead of God.” And this rejection of the true God —- which similarly threatens modern Western civilization —- led to Hellenism’s breakdown and disintegration. Rejecting Gibbon, Toynbee says neither Christians nor barbarians destroyed the Roman Empire; they merely walked over a corpse.
And in his book Religious Origins of the American Revolution (Scholars Press, 1976), Page Smith points out:
Indeed, he adds, in early America, the Reformation
As remote or repugnant as Puritanism may be to some, Smith says “it is essential that we understand that the Reformation in its full power was one of the great emancipations of history.” He says the passage in the book of Micah about “every man…under his vine and under his fig tree” was “the most potent expression of the colonist’s determination to be independent whatever the cost,…having substantial control over his own affairs. No theme was more constantly reiterated by writers and speakers in the era of the Revolution.”
The English word "civilized" is derived from the Latin word for "city." A truly "civilized" man is one who graces the City of God. Romans 6 says we must put to death our old uncivilized man (or our old man who fit in well in the City of Man) and put on a new man who bears the likeness of Christ, an appropriate citizen for the City of God.
The first step to becoming civilized is to kill your old man.
* If I capitulate to modern sensibilities and add "or woman," I will soon have to add a reference to all 57 varieties of gender that are being imposed on us.
U.S. Presidents on Christian Civilization
The recommendations of this international conference of enlightened
statesmen will doubtless have the considerate attention of Congress and
its cooperation in the removal of unnecessary barriers to beneficial
intercourse between the nations of America. But while the commercial
results which it is hoped will follow this conference are worthy of
pursuit and of the great interests they have excited, it is believed that
the crowning benefit will be found in the better securities which may be
devised for the maintenance of peace among all American nations and the
settlement of all contentions by methods that a Christian
civilization can approve.
I have appealed against race discriminations as to civil rights and
immunities, and have asked that law-abiding men of all creeds arid all
colors should unite to discourage and to suppress lawlessness. Lynchings
are a reproach to any community; they impeach the adequacy of our
institutions for the punishment of crime; they brutalize the participants
and shame our Christian civilization.
The proposition of the Democratic platform is to turn over the islands
as soon as a stable government is established. This has been established.
The proposal then is in effect to turn them over at once. Such action will
lead to ultimate chaos in the islands and the progress among the ignorant
masses in education and better living will stop. We are engaged in the
Philippines in a great missionary work that does our nation honor, and is
certain to promote in a most effective way the influence of Christian
civilization. It is cowardly to lay down the burden until our
purpose is achieved.
The four hundredth anniversary of the printing of the first English Bible is an event of great significance. It challenges the reverent attention of English-speaking peoples the world over. To that day, October 4, 1535, when Myles Coverdale, an Augustinian Friar, later the Bishop of Exeter, produced this Book in the common vernacular, we trace not only a measurable increase in the cultural value and influence of this greatest of books, but a quickening in the widespread dissemination of those moral and spiritual precepts that have so greatly affected the progress of Christian civilization. The part that William Tyndale played in this English translation is generally acknowledged by the historian. It is also evident that there were others who made valuable contributions to the monumental undertaking. Independent of and apart from the devotion of these zealous translators, the work they did marks the beginning of one of the great epochs in the history of English-speaking peoples.
It would be difficult to appraise the far-reaching influence of this work and subsequent translations upon the speech, literature, moral and religious character of our people and their institutions. It has done much to refine and enrich our language. To it may be traced the richest and best we have in our literature. Poetry, prose, painting, music and oratory have had in it their guide and inspiration. In it Lincoln found the rounded euphonious phrases for his Gettysburg address. Speaking of its place in his life, he says: "In regard to the great Book, I have only to say, it is the best gift which God has ever given to man."
One cannot study the story of the rise and development of the men and women who have been and continue to be the pathfinders and benefactors of our people and not recognize the outstanding place the Bible has occupied as the guide and inspiration of their thought and practice. Apart from their professed allegiance to any particular form of Christian doctrine or creedal expression of faith, they have found in it that which has shaped their course and determined their action. Look where we will, even in periods that have been marked by apostasy and doubt, still men have found here in these sacred pages that which has refreshed and encouraged them as they prosecuted their pilgrimage and sought for higher levels of thinking and living.
In the formative days of the Republic the directing influence the Bible exercised upon the fathers of the Nation is conspicuously evident. To Washington it contained the sure and certain moral precepts that constituted the basis of his action. That which proceeded from it transcended all other books, however elevating their thought. To his astute mind moral and religious principles were the "indispensable supports" of political prosperity, the "essential pillars of civil society." Learned as Jefferson was in the best of the ancient philosophers, he turned to the Bible as the source of his higher thinking and reasoning. Speaking of the lofty teachings of the Master, he said: "He pushed His scrutinies into the heart of man; erected His tribunal in the region of his thoughts, and purified the waters at the fountain head." Beyond this he held that the Bible contained the noblest ethical system the world has known. His own compilation of the selected portions of this Book, in what is known as "Jefferson's Bible," bears evidence of the profound reverence in which he held it.
apart from these citations of the place the Bible has occupied in the
thought and philosophy of the good and the great, it is the veneration in
which it has been and is held by vast numbers of our people that gives it
its supreme place in our literature. No matter what the accidents and
chances of life may bring in their train, no matter what the changing
habits and fashions of the world may effect, this Book continues to hold
its unchallenged place as the most loved, the most quoted and the most
universally read and pondered of all the volumes which our libraries
contain. It has withstood assaults, it has resisted and survived the most
searching microscopic examination, it has stood every test that could be
applied to it and yet it continues to' hold its supreme place as the Book
of books. There have been periods when it has suffered stern and searching
criticism, but the hottest flame has not destroyed its prevailing and
persistent power. We cannot read the history of our rise and development
as a Nation, without reckoning with the place the Bible has occupied in
shaping the advances of the Republic. Its teaching,. as has been wisely
suggested, is ploughed into the very heart of the race. Where we have been
truest and most consistent in obeying its precepts we have attained the
greatest measure of contentment and prosperity; where it has been to us as
the words of a book that is sealed, we have faltered in our way, lost our
range finders and found our progress checked. It is well that we observe
this anniversary of the first publishing of our English Bible. The time is
propitious to place a fresh emphasis upon its place and worth in the
economy of our life as a people. As literature, as a book that contains a
system of ethics, of moral and religious principles, it stands unique and
alone. I commend its thoughtful and reverent reading to all our people.
Its refining and elevating influence is indispensable to our most
cherished hopes and ideals.
At the Pan American Conference at Buenos Aires, and again at Lima, we discussed a dim and unpleasant possibility. We feared that other Continents might become so involved in wars brought on by the school of destruction that the Americans might have to become the guardian of Western culture, the protector of Christian civilization.
The great achievements of science and even of art can be used in one way or another to destroy as well as to create; they are only instruments by which men try to do the things they most want to do. If death is desired, science can do that. If a full, rich, and useful life is sought, science can do that also. Happily for us that question has been solved—for in the New World we live for each other and in the service of a Christian faith.
I am a pacifist. You, my fellow citizens of twenty-one American Republics, are pacifists too.
believe that by overwhelming majorities in all the Americas you and I, in
the long run if it be necessary, will act together to protect and defend
by every means at our command our science, our culture, our American
freedom and our civilization.
We have come to realize the greatest attack that has ever been launched against freedom of the individual is nearer the Americas than ever before. To meet that attack we must prepare beforehand—for the simple reason that preparing later may and probably would be too late.
We must prepare in a thousand ways. Men are not enough. They must have arms. They must learn how to use those arms. They must have skilled leaders—who, in turn, must be trained. New bases must be established and I think will be established to enable our fleet to defend our shores. Men and women must be taught to create the supplies that we need. And we must counter the agents of the dictators within our Nation.
There is, moreover, another
enemy at home. That enemy is the mean and petty spirit that mocks at
ideals, sneers at sacrifice and pretends that the American people can live
by bread alone. If the spirit of God is not in us, and if we will not
prepare to give all that we have and all that we are to preserve Christian
civilization in our land, we shall go to destruction.
On this day—this American holiday- we are celebrating the rights of free laboring men and women.
The preservation of these rights is vitally important now, not only to us who enjoy them—but to the whole future of Christian civilization.
American labor now bears a tremendous responsibility in the winning of this most brutal, most terrible of all wars.
In our factories and shops and arsenals we are building weapons on
a scale great in its magnitude. To all the battle fronts of this world
these weapons are being dispatched, by day and by night, over the seas and
through the air. And this Nation is now devising and developing new
weapons of unprecedented power toward the maintenance of democracy.
I HAVE ASKED Mr. Myron C. Taylor to return to Italy as my personal representative to His Holiness the Pope, with the rank of Ambassador.
After the cessation of hostilities Mr. Taylor came home for consultation and report. I have studied his report of his several audiences with the Pope with interest and with profit. I feel that he can continue to render helpful service to the cause of Christian civilization if, at my instance from time to time, he resumes his duties in Italy. As on his previous trips Mr. Taylor will confer not only with the Pope but with other leaders in the spiritual world and in the world of politics and secular affairs as he travels through Europe in the fulfillment of his mission.
The cessation of active fighting has
left the world in a state of unrest. In many quarters we witness
lamentable conflicts of principle and policy. Out of all of this unrest
and conflict, however, one conviction emerges as dear as the noonday. It
is that we shall establish an enduring peace only if we build it upon
Q. Mrs. May Craig, Portland ( Maine ) Press Herald: Mr. President, the Agriculture Department is considering selling off our surplus butter at 10 cents a pound. Republicans advocated free enterprise in their platform. Do you think the continued accumulation of unsalable surpluses is free enterprise?
I don't think that we should get too excited about these surpluses, until we approach that place of unusability, deterioration, and spoilage. Then it gets serious, because I believe now that we have a moral value involved. I just don't think it is right for the sweat and toil and resources of the United States to be thrown out in the middle of the ocean when someone else is starving.
Now, you say "all right, if it is
not socialistic, it is based on a purely humanitarian thing"--and I
believe George Kennan argues that humanitarian and moralistic values have
no place in foreign relations. But after all, we do believe that we are a
product and a representative of the Judaic-Christian
civilization, and it does teach some concern for your brother.
And I believe in that.
We have come together in memory of an inspiring moment in history-that moment, 300 years ago, when a small band of Jewish people arrived on the ship "Saint Charles" in what was then the Dutch colony or state of New Amsterdam. It was an event meaningful not only to the Jews of America, but to all Americans--of all faiths, of all national origins....
In this respect--as in so many others--they were no different from scores of other groups that landed on our shores. Only 34 years earlier, another party had landed at Plymouth Rock. That group, too, came here in the hope of escaping persecution, of gaining religious freedom, of settling quietly in the wilderness to build their homes and rear their families.
And there was another noble concept of our common Judeo-Christian civilization shared by these two groups: the ideal of peace.
I recall that wonderful prophecy of Isaiah: "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever."
pursuit of peace is at once our religious obligation and our national
policy. Peace in freedom, where all men dwell in security, is the ideal
toward which our foreign policy is directed.
Let us ask ourselves: What is at the heart of freedom? In the answer lies the deepest hope for the future of mankind and the reason there can be no walls around those who are determined to be free. Each of us, each of you, is made in the most enduring, powerful image of Western civilization. We're made in the image of God, the image of God, the Creator.
This is our power, and this our freedom. This is our future. And through this power—not drugs, not materialism nor any other "ism"—can we find brotherhood. And you can create the new Europe—a Europe democratic, a Europe united east and west, a Europe at long last completely free.
we hear it said by some that Europe may be glum about her future, that
Europe dares no more. Well, forgive me, but I think this kind of talk is
nonsense. And I hope you think it's nonsense, too. It is you, Germany, and
you, Europe, that gave the values and vitality of Judeo-Christian
civilization to America and to the world. It is Europe that has
known more tragedy and triumph than any place in history. Each time you
suffered, you sprang back like giants—the giants, Adenauer and Schuman,
Churchill and Monnet.
Prime Minister Berlusconi. As President Bush has just mentioned, in Brussels, during the NATO meeting, I spoke, and then I spoke at Göteborg during the dinner that we shared. And I said that I was in agreement with what President Bush had said very clearly. The world scene has changed. There is no antagonism between Europe and the United States, on the one hand, and the Soviet Union on the other hand. The Soviet Union is something different.
And we're very interested as Europeans with the
support of the United States; we look to a progressive journey of the
Russian Federation. Maybe tomorrow, the day after, the Russian Federation
might even become part of the European federation, where we have countries
that share a common Christian civilization.
And I believe that in the future we will also be able to speak of a
Russian Federation that becomes part of the Atlantic Alliance.