Luther’s Legacy and Western Civilisation
While not normally a fan of ABC Radio National, I enjoyed a Saturday Extra
feature on the 500th
anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Unsurprisingly, Aunty links the reformation and subsequent enlightenment to favoured progressive causes. However, it shows that there are key developments in the history of the West which continue to shape our society.
Aunty and the cultural gatekeepers tend to view Western Civilisation and its achievements through the perspective of identity politics and postmodern theory. Yet it is difficult for any serious historian to ignore the influence of the Magna Carta, Reformation, Glorious Revolution of 1688 and Enlightenment. No amount of reinterpretation or elevation of a fringe group can diminish the impact of these milestones in the development of Western Civilisation. Despite the rise of social history, limited attention paid to our English heritage and continuing long march through our treasured institutions, there remain written, physical and institutional evidence of the success of Western Civilisation. Drafting this column in English, in a city built on the edge of the Indian Ocean, from a country based on common law and representative government shows this legacy is deeply embedded in our lives and cannot easily be overturned.
For a long time, taking a Whiggish view of society or celebrating our Western heritage would be met with derision. This period is ending. The reasons are varied and are partly due to the work of independent organisations. Perhaps this is why a timely and important report by the Institute of Public Affairs titled The Rise Of Identity Politics: An Audit Of History Teaching At Australian Universities In 2017
was met with such a ferocious response from those who subscribe to the prevailing postmodern, leftist consensus.
Mannkal is playing its part by convening the Western Civilisation Conference: The Sun Rises in the West II
. This conference is part of our ongoing efforts to pass on the insights, lessons and wisdom from history to the next generation of Western Australian leaders. We celebrate the dynamism and flexibility of Western Civilisation and believe that Western Australia’s best days are ahead.
I look forward to seeing you at The Sun Rises in the West II
conference. If you can’t make the event and would like to sponsor a student to attend, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours in liberty,