Christendom was ours to lose in 1000AD. Christians in the west had a monopoly on education and culture and the public square. Yet 1,000 years later, our society is inventing ways to do wickedness.

The question today is, "What happened?".
My answer is simple. Greek thought. Like Jacob on his wedding night, we supposed we were cozying up to Rachel, but "in the morning, behold, it was Leah."

Actually, that's the charitable version. Our mistake was not so innocent as Jacob's.
In 1000AD, we had won the public square from pagans, defended Christendom against the muslims, and viking raids were at an end. In our Deuteronomy-8-style peace and prosperity God gave us a test -- greek thought, which asked, "Is all of man's life really governed by God's word?"
Greek thought, which came first via liberal muslims, was accepted with alacrity in the west. Man's reason was sufficient to discover truth in this world without governance of the scriptures and western man found a new, slightly twisted excitement in learning and discovery.
The engines of iniquity in this 1,000 year story are the universities. They grew out of church schools between 1000-1300AD. Their unique shared trait was allegiance to the greek theory of knowledge.
The reformers, 1400-1650, famously dealt with the errors of the greek theory of knowledge in the doctrine of salvation -- man cannot transcend his own fallenness. But the greek theory of knowledge continued on in our academics, worldview and civil law.
Greek based academics in the west were the rising flood that eroded the social work of the reformers and the puritans and caused their institutions to become unfruitful in terms of disciplining the nations.
Post 1660, the reform impulse was spent. Rather than pursue reform in academics and law, we "doubled down" on the scholastic status quo and began hatching covenant theologies that said we are not responsible for the nations anyway. Selah.
Today some still suppose that a reformed doctrine of salvation is enough to disciple the nations. Thus far, that has not proved to be the case and I do not think it ever will. A reformed doctrine of grace is good but not sufficient.
Instead our academics and law must be reformed as well if we will be fruitful. The greek view begins with the idea that Christ is not King. Everything after that initial assumption, in whole or in part, will manifest rebellion against Christ.
Today our nation's public discipleship system preaches and catechizes this rebellion against Christ. A reformed doctrine of salvation is good, but it does not train millions of children as does the rebellious education system of our nation.
In 1000AD, Christians had a similar monopoly on education. And it was undone not from without but from within by doctors of the church who held to a greek theory of knowledge that made man the arbiter of truth and the judge of God regarding all of earthly life.
To disciple the nations, we should retrace our steps and learn from them. The biblical gospel declares that Christ is King over all of life on earth. Any academic or legal position that begins otherwise is rebellious. It's that view or the greek view and there is no third option.
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