Understanding the future and what awaits us as a people can be done if we truly understand our past. This is one of the reasons why the modern university system has followed in the traditions of Aristotle and has included the study of history as a part of the core requirements for almost every degree. From our vantage point in the 21st century, the Enlightenment Era was the time in human history where the foundation of our nation was laid. The men and women that began to contemplate the weightier issues of life, such as the origins of individual rights and liberties, how governments form, and the origins of national wealth and prosperity had questioned everything that had formed the traditions of church, state, and life in Europe for as it had existed for millions of people over nearly a thousand years of human history.
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Within the records of history, no nation or empire has ever survived a war declared on its own history. One of the earliest examples that easily comes to mind is the Roman Empire. Although English historian Edward Gibbons, author of the multi-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire presents the thesis that Christianity was one of the catalysts for the eventual collapse, he also presents that by the time of the appearance of Christianity within the empire, the intellectuals had already declared war on the empire’s own history. It had become frowned upon by the Roman authorities and intellectuals to study ancient Greece or anything related to that ancient pre-Roman civilization. As anyone who seriously studies the ancient Mediterranean world will know, Roman civilization, as great as it was, was nothing more than a latinification of what had existed at the heights of the ancient Greek civilization.
On Friday I shared with you two reasons why I reject liberalism and progressivism. Because of being a professional historian and a college instructor, I often get comments from liberals, conservatives, libertarians, and others asking how I came to the political ideologies I hold dear. At the heart of my political ideology is the foundation of what those brave men sought – to protect and to preserve individual liberty based on the concepts that all of mankind are created equal and each are entitled, by virtue of their birth, the natural rights as endowed by God. Both concepts are in line with Enlightenment teaching and are enshrined in both the Declaration of Independence and in the Constitution of the United States.