Society’s Ongoing Civil War
By Rev. R.J. Rushdoony
For well over 500 years now, Western civilization has been in a state of civil war, with two aspects thereof in a growing conflict with one another. These two contending forces are humanism and Christianity. Humanism began its rise to power in the medieval era, and its strength was such that it captured the church, much of the academic world, and the state as well.
The so-called Renaissance was the victory celebration of the triumphant humanists. While preserving the form of Christendom and the church, the humanists put them to other uses. [Italian humanist] Lorenzo Valla (1407-1457) openly turned to antichristian standards as the new yardstick, without bothering to deal with the Bible as a serious source of law. The source of all virtuous action — Lorenzo Valla held — is man’s natural bent to pleasure.
Marsilio Ficino (1433-1499) held…