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The Vanity That Was Greece

We have all been taught to think of Greece and Rome as the models of classic nobility, freedom, honor, courage, and the source of all the good things we enjoy in Western civilization. Even Christians have echoed the refrain of the world that for enlightenment, democratic values, and culture, the civilizations of Greece and Rome are unexcelled. We are told that the West owes its ideas of freedom and dignity, as well as its political structure to the Greek and Roman models. If one does not genuflect to the Greeks, one is incurably barbaric. It is vital that we get a more accurate understanding of the so-called "classical" world.

Whenever you find a man or culture nearly universally praised, you should learn to ask the question "Why?" Why do unbelieving historians love Greece and Rome? The answer is of course, that they love them because they epitomize the culture of unbelief or, in R. J. Rushdoony's phrase, "the society of Satan." Here was a great culture that was quite open about its unbelief. It rejected Israel's Jehovah with impunity and became great anyway (at least "great" as defined by men who reject the Scriptures).