Monday, 28 August 2017

Europas Merkelige Død av Douglas Murray

Douglas Murray er en homofil ateist som har skrevet en populær bok om Europa og Islam. Han er forfatter, journalist og politisk kommentator. To andre sjeldne og gode kvaliteter med Murray er at han er godt belest innenfor historie og samtidig er ærlig. Murray beskriver virkeligheten som den faktisk er og ikke hvordan den bør være.

Boken er derfor kanskje ikke den mest oppmuntrende, men likevel viktig for de som ønsker et realistisk syn på fremtiden.

Årsaken til at jeg leste denne boken er at jeg prøver å forstå hva som skjer. Argumentasjonen i denne bloggen er verdi basert og aldri rase basert. Om de som kommer adopterer Jødisk-Kristne verdier og Opplysnings verdier så mener jeg vi har ingenting å bekymre oss for. Min bekymring handler ikke om rase, men om verdier. En fremtid med politisk Islam og Sharia lover lyder ikke godt for vår fremtid. Vi som Kristne har derimot derfor et ekstra stort ansvar å dele det gode budskapet om Jesus Kristus og hans oppstandelse. Ettersom jeg kommenterer fra denne boken så vil jeg si at jeg oppriktig tror at en ny Reformasjon der vi går tilbake til Jesus liv og lære vil snu om dagens trender. Vi trenger også en reparasjon av våre politiske institusjoner der ytringsfriheten bør forsvares for enhver pris. Om dette skjer så kan vi få en lys fremtid i vente.

Introduksjonen begynner med at Murray beskriver situasjonen som uforanderlig. Europas død kommer som et resultat av to ting:

 1. Masse innvandring av innvandrere som har sterk tro på egen religion (Islam) og egne tradisjoner. Folk blir ikke integrert men skaper parallell samfunn som er helt like som landet de kom fra.

 2. Samtidig som dette skjedde så har Europa mistet troen på sine egne tradisjoner, tro og legitimitet. Du har altså enorme tall både i innvandring of fødsel av et folk som har klokketro på egen religioner og tradisjoner som kommer inn og erstatter et folk som er blitt opplært til å hate egen religion og tradisjoner. I tillegg til ekstremt lave fødselsrater for opprinnelige Europeere.

Her er noen interessant sitater fra boken:

- Murray skriver, "Europeans have lost what the Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno famously called the, 'tragic sense of life'. (Kindle: Loc 303)

- In the 2000s this debate had a focal point in the row over the wording of the new Eu Constitution and the absence of any mention of the continent's Christian heritage. Pope John Paul II and his successor tried to rectify the mission. As the former wrote in 2003, 'While fully respecting the secular nature of the institutions I wish once more to appeal to those drawing up the future European constitutional treaty, so that it will include a reference to the religious and in particular the Christian heritage of Europe.

- In the place of religion came the ever-inflating language of 'human rights' (itself a concept of Christian origin'. We left unresolved the question of whether or not our acquired rights were reliant on beliefs that the continent had cases to hold or whether they existed of their own accord. (Loc 350)

- The increasingly secular continent had expected to be able to leave faith behind it, or at least recognize that after many centuries the place of religion in the modern state had been pretty much settled. If, more specifically, anybody in the late part of the twentieth century had said that the early years of the next century in Europe would be rife with discussions about blasphemy and that death for blasphemy would once again have to be expected in Europe, andy audience would have scorned the prediction and doubted the sanity of the claimant. (Loc 2346)

- The facts of the loss of belief and faith across a continent are frequently commented upon and indeed taken for granted. But the effects of this are less often considered. Rarely if ever is it recognized that the process described above meant one thing above all: Europe had lost its foundational story. (loc 3764)

- Where faith still exists is it either wholly uninformed, as in the evangelical communities, or it is wounded and weak. (Loc 3772)

- The English atheist theological Don Cupitt wrote in 2008 of the fact that, 'Nobody in the West can be wholly non-Christian. You may call yourself non-Christian, but the dreams you dream are still Christian dreams. Nowhere is the fear about the consequences of this more clearly felt than the fear of what in lieu of faith stand as the foundations of what are called, 'European values'. It may be as Cupitt has also said, that, 'the modern Western secular world itself is a Christian creation.' (Loc 3788)

- But Christian Europe had lost faith not only in its God but in its people as well. Any remaining faith that man had in man was destroyed in Europe. From the period of the European Enlightenment onwards, as belief and trust in God had waned, so belief and trust in man had partially replaced this. This belief in autonomous man had accelerated the Enlightenments that had stressed the potential wisdom of mankind alone. Yet those who let reasons be their guide now looked as ridiculous as everyone else. 'Reason' and 'rationalism' had led men to do the most unreasonable and irrational things. It had been just another system used by men to control other. Belief in the autonomy of man had been destroyed by men. (Kindle: Loc 3911)

- As Habermas interpreted his friend, "The enlightened modern age has failed to find a suitable replacement for a religious way of coping with the final rite de passage which brings life to a close. (Loc 4559)

- There is, for instance, the dilemma that Ernst-Wolfgang Bockenforde posed in the 1960: 'Does the free, secularized state exist on the basis of normative presuppositions the it itself cannot guarantee?' (Loc 4584)

- And although some people still hold out, in most places it has become possible to acknowledge that the culture of human rights, for instance, owes more to the creed preached by Jesus of Nazareth than it does, say, to the Mohammed. (loc 4600)

- How long can a society survive once it has unmoored itself from its founding source and drive? Perhaps we are in the process of finding out. (Loc 4608)

- For the Church of Sweden, the Church of England, the German Lutheran Church and many other branches of European Christianity, the message of the religion has become a form of left-wing politics, diversity action and social welfare projects. Such churches argue for 'open border' yet are circumspect about quoting texts they once preached as revealed. (Loc 4640)

- Unless the non-religious are able to work with, rather than against, the source from which their culture came, it is hard to see any way through. After all, through people may try, it is unlikely that anyone is going to be able to invent an entirely new set of beliefs. In the absence of anyone coming up with a wholly new faith system, it is not just that we have lose our ability to talk of truths and meaning. e even lose our metaphors. Popular culture is replete with talk of 'angels and love that will last 'forever'. Candles and other flotsam of religion also drift through. But the language and ideas are empty of meaning. It is the metaphor absent of the thing to which is refers: symptoms of a culture running empty. (doc 4712)


Jeg vil sterkt anbefale denne boken til Murray. Den forklarer mye av problemene vi har i Europa og berører fremtidige utfordringer. Det negative med boken er at Murray ikke virker til å ha gode løsninger på problemet. Han diagnoserer veldig bra men gir få svar på hvordan dette kan løses. Min egen oppfatning er at Europa ikke kan overleve uten Kristendommen. Nettopp derfor bør Kristne involvere seg i evangelisering til de som kommer der vi deler de gode budskapet om Jesus. Innvandrere er ofte mer åpne for evangeliet enn de fleste nordmenn. I tillegg til dette trenger vi en ny Bibelsk Reformasjon der vi går tilbake til Biblenes lære. Vi kan ikke overbevise andre om Bibelens sannhet uten at vi rydder opp i eget hus.

I tillegg til alt dette så må må vi forsvare våre politiske institusjoner. Ytringsfriheten må forsvares for enhver pris. Og vi må også lære de som kommer hvor god og viktig ytringsfriheten er for dem og deres barn slik at de kan få bo i et land som forblir fritt. Om vi gjør dette så kan fremtiden se lys ut. Europa har aldri handlet om rase. Det har handlet om Kristen tro og verdier. Den Kristne troen og verdiene kan adopteres av alle.