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America’s Bad Bardo by Mark Judge.

Both liberals and conservatives in the West have a similar problem. The problem has to do with the Christian concept of time.

It’s responsible for both the bullying by gay marriage advocates and the tragedy of the Duggar family, the conservative Christian clan with nineteen kids, one of whom is now facing charges of sexual abuse.

In Christianity, time moves in a straight line. There was the time before Christ (BC), when the pagan world struggled to find its way out of darkness. Christ changed the world and even altered the calendar; we now live in the world after Christ (AD), when Christians, as the Catholics say in Mass, “wait in joyful anticipation” for the return of Jesus.

This concept of time is responsible for the political and religious impasse, or culture war, that the West has been engaged in for five decades. It also reveals why those who have doubts about Christianity may be the only ones to offer an accurate assessment of how the culture war will end.

On the political and Christian left, the arrow of time means that there is a certain inexorable march of progress. Time moves from the Dark Ages of sexism, racism, and homophobia to the sunny fields of gay marriage and multiculturalism. But this Marxist concept of “being on the right side of history,” tends to ultimately result in destruction. Ideas about treating workers more fairly than they did in the 19th century translates into mandated wage hikes, which wind up killing jobs and businesses. The desire to treat women as equals, the idea behind feminism, translates into Sex in the City depredations of having women behave like thoughtless, promiscuous men. The progressive love of multiculturalism becomes quotas. And gay “marriage” heralds not a bright new age, but a return of the debased eros of the Greek and Roman empires.

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