This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The political impotence of Christianity

The social stability of Christendom was based largely on borrowings from Roman jurisprudence. In itself, Christianity tends to operate on the principle that “my kingdom is not of this world.” This can be seen today in the treatment of canon law in Catholicism–as if it is an interesting study but has little bearing on the lives and behavior of modern people. And as I just said above, the height of Christian social organization was actually reinforced by political concepts not specifically Christian. Here again we can see why Islam can be considered a synthesis of the two: it retains the Christian emphasis on Mercy over Justice while at the same time bringing with it a “spiritual legislation” after the fashion of the Old Testament, capable of retaining the “best of both worlds.”

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