A year ago today, History Editor Michael Psaras wrote the following article for our second print issue (see here). Today, we republish the piece in commemoration of St. George’s Day.
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Some years ago, Sir Winston Churchill remarked ‘There is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word, which means more to me than any other. That word is England.’
Today is the anniversary of the death of England’s patron saint, St. George. He is most famously remembered for slaying the dragon who demanded human sacrifices, and as being one of the great martyrs of Christianity – refusing to honour the pagan gods of the Roman Empire and thereby ensuring his death sentence during the persecutions of Christians by Emperor Diocletian.
We do ourselves great peril in forgetting the Christian roots of this country, such as St. George’s Day. As the writer and journalist Peter Hitchens says, we are now living in the afterglow of Christianity. The vast majority of the population cease to be Christian, in a conscious and educated way. What most do not realise is that Western civilisation, particularly the form it has taken in Great Britain, which our ancestors created and bestowed upon us is based upon Judeo-Christian values of compassion, brotherhood, strong families, liberty of the individual, peace, tolerance and much more.
Our greatest achievements in law, politics, music, art, literature and education stem largely from Christianity.
Perhaps most significantly, Christianity shows us to look beyond the present moment and instead to the greater good. This contradicts the modern viewpoint on life, which tells us this life is all you have so you must make the most of it at whatever cost. No restraint is put on this pursuit of happiness. Instead, this modern principle tells us ‘yeah, go for it!’, whenever one faces those decisions in life where that little voice in your mind suggests short-term hedonistic actions may not be wholly good for you.
By following this modernist outlook on life, we leave no legacy of any worth to those who will come after us – our children, grandchildren and beyond.
When archaeologists discover great structures, art or artefacts of the past, we use these to define those long-gone civilisations. In modern society’s increasingly selfish ways, what will we leave behind for future archaeologists to find? The remnants of a torn down gigantic, non-human and authoritarian glass skyscraper, that will show we replaced beauty as an aim and put in its place utility and narcissism, perhaps? No future archaeologist could say society has progressed when comparing the exquisite beauty of the Florence Cathedral – where building lasted 140 years – with the soulless, tedious and ugly skyscrapers of a modern city.
Without Christianity, we have no objective beauty to aspire to, and as a direct result society must now put up with much degenerate contemporary ‘art’ and ‘architecture’. And just like in the times of St. George under the Roman Empire, the state of Great Britain now attacks Christianity. The modern and Marxist state ideology of equality and diversity now reigns supreme and is the established faith among the bureaucrats in charge of us, of which public servants must adhere to.
With equality, it is now written into law that no faith must be favoured in England for the sake of state-enforced diversity. Christianity is now placed at the same level as Paganism. Of course there is the small exception of Islam, which the state is absolutely terrified of.
Christianity has been more or less expelled from state education, resulting in millions of children being bought up to be supposedly Christian yet not knowing much to do with it at all. As well those, who are a dwindling minority, who do attend church and learn the stories and literature of the faith are branded as ‘devout’, as if they were the new Flagellants. Do not think that we can keep the good bits of Christianity and not actually be Christian, either.
An observation of society today – in terms of high violent crime, poor education and the absence of morality (to name a few features) – shows what the decline of Christianity in the past century has helped to produce. Of course, Christianity is not a panacea for all of these issues but would, as it had done, have helped them greatly.
It is of utmost importance to celebrate days such as St. George’s Day. We must remember our Christian heritage, and reclaim it. As we forget Christianity, we will inevitably forget England and Great Britain as a whole and the great influence it has had in this world. This can already be seen in the constitution of the European Union, which controls this country, as it does not mention God at all.
Therefore I ask us to not see Christianity in the contemporary way of paedophiles and money-grabbers, but in the way that it has been and should be – of brotherhood, compassion, tolerance of your opponents, peace, love and something that turns this world from a meaningless chaos into something of discoverable purpose.
Happy St. George’s Day.
Photo from Wikimedia Commons.