If I were to make a contribution to Payap University’s LIFE LONG LEARNING mini-courses, my first choice would be entitled “1922.” That was the year four of the greatest 20th century literary works in English were published. They were “The Waste Land” by TS Eliot, Sodom and Gomorrah by Proust, Ulysses by Joyce, and Babbitt by Lewis. Collectively, these works told us that the consensus about the superiority of Christian Civilization had ended.
Despite astounding evidence to the contrary throughout the century 1815 to 1915, European-American culture still believed that the moral values of Christian Civilization were the key contributing factor to the success of the industrial revolution. It was, therefore, a moral mandate to spread Christian Civilization around the world.
Events between 1912 and 1922 dissolved the connection between Christian morality and industrial progress, as well as the notion that Christian Civilization was exceptional. Within a decade the intelligentsia had dropped their adulation of Christian Civilization and its spawn, Christian Empire, Christian Colonialism, and Christian Nationalism, although these decadent children survived long enough to produce troublesome descendants.
After 1922 the Church had to go it alone.
Rev. Dr. Kenneth Dobson posts his weekly reflections on this blog.