How the West Will Be Won (Again)

[W]hat we know as “the West” emerged from the mutually fruitful interaction of ancient Hebrew convictions about the God of the Bible (who comes into history as a liberator freeing humanity from the often bloody-minded whims and caprices of the pagan gods); the Greek conviction that there are truths embedded in the world and in us, truths that we can know by reason; and the Roman conviction that the rule of law is superior to the rule of brute coercion in public life. Absent any of these three supports, the entire Western project in history begins to teeter, and may eventually collapse. — “Benedict XVI and the Future of the West,” George Weigel

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