The noble lie
I believe that widespread belief in Christianity benefited the development of the United States for its first 150 years or so.
I’ve read Ben Franklin’s autobiography, and my impression is that he didn’t personally believe in the religious nonsense, but approved of the moral lessons of some strains of Christianity.
This view of Christianity as a noble lie was, I believe, was common among the elites back then. It was so important to maintain the lie that you didn’t talk about it openly. You didn’t state it outright in your autobiography.
Unfortunately, today, the elites no longer have a noble-lie view of Christianity. We have a Democratic Party which promotes anti-Christian values (although still paying lip service to their personal belief in Christianity), and a Republican Party which is predominantly controlled by true believers.
One thing I like about Donald Trump is that he has a noble-lie view of Christianity.
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So how does this square with my support for Planned Parenthood?
The Christian values that are important are the support for marriage. The prohibition against non-marital sex strongly promoted marriage. Men wanted to get married so they could have sex! Women didn’t have any basis to judge their beta male provider husband’s sexual performance against alphas because her husband was the only man she ever had sex with.
Legal abortion could potentially promote Christian morality by hiding the evidence that people are breaking it. True-believing anti-abortion Christians have ironically helped to erode support for Christian morality by embracing single mothers as heroes who had the “courage” to “choose life.”
Christians today are clueless about the complete breakdown of traditional Christian sexual morality. Defunding Planned Parenthood is not going to have any good results for society at this point in time. With non-marital sex now the norm, it just results in more babies being raised by poor single mothers.
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JayMan writes in a comment:
Belief in Christianity didn’t benefit or hurt the early U.S. It was a given based on the people which comprised it.
The reason people today are abandoning Christianity (to the extent that there are) is simple: science & technology.
We no longer need God to explain disease, our origins, or why things work the way they do.The rise of atheism was inevitable.
Christianity did benefit the early U.S., but I agree that the people who moved here from Europe were already Christian and converting them wasn’t part of a Machiavellian policy of the elites. However, the elites did nourish a form of Christianity that they believed benefited the nation. Without such guidance from elites, modern U.S. Christianity has become more prole.
I do agree that abandonment of Christianity can in part be attributed to more scientific knowledge, as well as mass communication which allows atheist ideas to be disseminated. Yet despite that, the overwhelming majority of Americans still believe in Jesus Christ.
Why is the United States different from Europe (which has nearly abandoned Christianity)? Maybe because we were at the forefront of fighting the Cold War and religion distinguished us from the atheist commies? Or maybe because immigrants from Europe to the United States were selected for a genetic predisposition to be more religious? Or maybe because our diversity caused the proles to cling to their religion (as Obama pointed out).