April 08, 2019

(WATCH) Ben Shapiro with PragerU: Why has the west been so successful?

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Ben Shapiro and PragerU team up to talk about how the Western world has produced some of the most prosperous and free civilizations on earth. But what has made the West exceptional?

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commented 2019-04-09 13:57:59 -0400
]Alberta Maga commented 12 hours ago
Andrew are you saying Poland and Hungary are more dangerous than their more secular peers? WRONG"

Try being gay there. Or not ethnically local. Or someone Orban doesn’t like.

;And Israel is not that secular when it comes to the people. Ask the Palestinians that live there if they are Atheists! "

Israel is very secular, it is not run according to the Torah – they don’t stone gay people – and there is no state-mandated Judaism, any more than there’s state mandated Christianity in western Europe. It’s basically a modern liberal, secular state, right down to marginalization of the populations of those who owned the land before.
commented 2019-04-09 01:54:24 -0400
Andrew Stephenson you are missing the point that Israel though being heavily religious still is accepting of secular rights, which is exactly what i am pointing out, the state being balanced in laws and rights does not make it secular.
commented 2019-04-09 01:52:53 -0400
Andrew Stephenson sorry but none of those leaders were religious in nature, they all crapped on any religion they could not exploit. That comment is ridiculous even for you.
commented 2019-04-09 01:51:21 -0400
Andrew are you saying Poland and Hungary are more dangerous than their more secular peers? WRONG!
commented 2019-04-09 01:50:35 -0400
Andrew Stephenson sorry but Christians are more accepting of others than atheists, try looking in the real world, not some Marxist opinion article. Atheists are censoring and attacking constantly and they do it openly. OPEN YOUR EYES!! And Israel is not that secular when it comes to the people. Ask the Palestinians that live there if they are Atheists!
commented 2019-04-09 01:45:45 -0400
Andrew Stephenson the HRC are not fair or impartial, nor do they care about all humans rights. TRY SOME REALITY!
commented 2019-04-08 23:23:06 -0400
Historically, the Greeks were interested in philosophy; the “why” questions of purpose. Christ sent the Apostle Paul to the Greeks to preach the Gospel, explaining to the Greeks the evidence of the resurrection of Jesus. In Romans 1, the natural world espoused by the Greeks in natural law, is given as example as proof of the existence of God. If the resurrection of Jesus never happened, Christianity is false and of no importance. If the resurrection of Jesus is true, Christianity is infinitely important. Christianity can never be moderately important.
The word ‘Judeo-Christian’ itself appeared as early as the 1700s, at the time it only denoted Jewish converts to Christianity. Whereas in the 1800s the ‘Judeo-Christian ethic’ was referenced by Jews and liberal Protestants (Unitarians, mostly), as forging a religious pluralism over against orthodox Christianity. Yes, Christianity originated from Judaism because Christians believe Christ was Jewish (his Earth father Joseph was of the Jewish line of King David, the king line; his mother Mary was not Jewish but of the tribe of Levi, the priest line), and was the prophesied Jewish messiah. But Judaism itself, had no influence on Western civilization itself until the 20th century. The historical Jewish ethic of justice is best exemplified on the cross of Christ: that Christ suffered the penalty for the sin of all people and by doing so, brought the justice that the Jews longed for.

The founders of modern science were for the most part Christian. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Law Giver.”

John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

“For the normative self-understanding of modernity, Christianity has functioned as more than just a precursor or catalyst. Universalistic egalitarianism, from which sprang the ideals of freedom and a collective life in solidarity, the autonomous conduct of life and emancipation, the individual morality of conscience, human rights and democracy, is the direct legacy of the Judaic ethic of justice and the Christian ethic of love. This legacy, substantially unchanged, has been the object of a continual critical reappropriation and reinterpretation. Up to this very day there is no alternative to it. Christianity, and nothing else, is the ultimate foundation of liberty, conscience, human rights, and democracy, the benchmarks of Western civilization. To this day, we have no other options. We continue to nourish ourselves from this source. Everything else is postmodern chatter.” Leading German sociologist and historian Jurgen Habermas, 1999
commented 2019-04-08 22:28:53 -0400
“Alberta Maga commented 3 hours ago
Another example is Israel , they have a free country because they do not bend for Muslims and secular hate mongers. "

Israel is largely secular. It’s not run according to religious principles. At least, not yet (they have their own problems with ultra-orthodox Jews. The secular liberal ones are, as in other countries, not having children).

“Alberta Maga commented 3 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson funny i see some parts of Eastern Europe being more free and safe than anywhere else in the world. "

Ask Orban’s political enemies if they feel free and safe. He hasn’t quite elevated himself to Putin’s level, but it’s getting close. As someone who’s of mixed blood, I don’t think it’s safe for me to visit.

“Alberta Maga commented 3 hours ago
Andrew Stephenson the west has been falling behind as it became more secular and full of self worship. Now tell me more about how Secular Communists murdering more than 100 Million is superior”

Falling behind whom? The First World is still dominant.

What you call secular communism actually tends to form personality cults around its leadership, see for example Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Putin, or the Kims. all of which have been deified to some example, which is part of how they got away with what they do.

“We have never been a Theocratic society and some Christian principles were the same as some secular principles in the past”
We may not have been, since the new world was settled as the last bits of that died out in the old. However, medieval Europe definitely was very theocratic, and historically rulers ruled by divine right.

“Christians have become far more flexible and Atheists have become far more inflexible.:
Christians have only become more flexible because they’ve been forced to by the law. Atheists (most nonbelievers are agnostic, not atheistic) are only uncompromising towards imposition of religion onto others.

“And of course you were fine with a good mans life being destroyed by secular leftists at the HRC for not bowing to Theocratic tenants. "

Something is off about that story. I’m not sure we’re getting the whole story on that one. something that’s happened at the Rebel before. I would guess that the landlord was being a, shall we say, dick about it – you don;t lose an HRC complaint after a single accidental incursion.
commented 2019-04-08 19:30:31 -0400
Great video, Ben. And Andrew Stephenson is still a nincompoop.
commented 2019-04-08 19:16:07 -0400
Another example is Israel , they have a free country because they do not bend for Muslims and secular hate mongers.
commented 2019-04-08 19:14:59 -0400
Andrew Stephenson funny i see some parts of Eastern Europe being more free and safe than anywhere else in the world.
commented 2019-04-08 19:13:27 -0400
Andrew Stephenson the west has been falling behind as it became more secular and full of self worship. Now tell me more about how Secular Communists murdering more than 100 Million is superior LMAO!
Intellectual Class? You mean the most small minded people who care the least about others and are the least intolerant! Western Civilization is going down the toilet right now due to straying from our earlier values, both secular and religious have been guilty of that. We have never been a Theocratic society and some Christian principles were the same as some secular principles in the past , Christians have become far more flexible and Atheists have become far more inflexible. Of course you do not live in the real world though. And of course you were fine with a good mans life being destroyed by secular leftists at the HRC for not bowing to Theocratic tenants.
commented 2019-04-08 18:13:53 -0400
Long story short, secularism. The West only pulled into the lead once our intellectual class stopped worrying about God and started thinking about the real world.

Theocratic societies have never been hotbeds of free thought, including the pre-enlightenment West as well as more traditional parts of eastern Europe where it’s dangerous to stray too far from the prevailing dogma, while several of our most advanced modern nations, such as those in east Asia, don’t have and never had Christian traditions.
commented 2019-04-08 18:01:06 -0400
The left WANT chaos, as the ppl will them demand a strong-man to “fix it”, and end up in the never ending cycle of one dictator after another!! Then they’ll be happy – or not!
commented 2019-04-08 13:05:45 -0400
Great video! Agreed with most of it. However, my only quibble is that I don’t think there’s any evidence that the Muslim world was ever the centre of scientific advancement (may be wrong on this—it’s just what I’ve read). All the “advancements” from that period, in that part of the world had either already been invented by other cultures, or were stolen from the cultures they subjugated.
commented 2019-04-08 12:39:44 -0400
Love this, Ben Shapiro. I agree we worshiped and acknowledged God and his plan and he blessed the West. “Be fruitful and Multiply” He is the one that created the foundations of society starting with marriage and family. He knew that a broken family would devastate a culture and society!
Imagers… Man and Women created in the image of God.