Christian Conservatism, Africa and Innovation
A frequent line from Christian Conservatives is that the ways other than those of Christian Conservatism cause moral or social decline. But when confronted with the fact that Africa is full of Christian Conservative countries in which situation is far worse than it is in liberal parts of the West, they change the tune. Now it becomes about such things as African people having inferior genetics: In short, racism.
Now there are few more obviously anti-Christian things in the world than racism. The New Testament states specifically that one's "neighbor," whom one is instructed to love, includes not just the person next door but also people outside one's ethnic group or one's country: Such as the person in the hostile tribe of Samaritans who has offered help to one of one's own. The New Testament therefore explicitly forbids racism; and those who claim to be Christians while being racists have no business claiming to be Christians.
So once again, why is it that the Christian Conservative countries in Africa are much worse off than liberal parts of the West? Could it be that Christian Conservatism does not after all make countries great, nor liberalism lead them to failure? Europe was Christian Conservative for a thousand years - a time known as the Dark Ages - and during that time the white man was at the bottom of the world and could not hold his head up to China, India, Baghdad, Teotihuacan or Timbuktu. So once again, does Christian Conservatism make countries great? Or are the people claiming such things mis-appropriating credit from things other than Christian Conservatism?
America did not become great as a result of Christian Conservatism. America became great as a result of ingenuity and innovation. That is what separates America from the Europe of Middle Ages or Africa of today. And innovation - in case anyone misses it - also means, in matters of lifestyle.
Which means that America owes far more to liberal influences than it does to Christian Conservatism. And if one believes that not to be the case, then one is invited to consider the experience of places that have had Christian Conservative influence but not liberal influence. These places include the Burundi and Ivory Coast of today, as much as they include the history of the white man during the Middle Ages.