Limp conservatism (such as practiced in America during recent decades) is a sort of stagnation. No will or wisdom to it; just a half-hearted resistance to slow down the progressive juggernaut.infidel wrote:My own thoughts, jumbled as they may be...
adj. Moving forward; advancing.
adj. Proceeding in steps; continuing steadily by increments: progressive change.
adj. Promoting or favoring progress toward better conditions or new policies, ideas, or methods: a progressive politician; progressive business leadership.
The unstated inherent assumption is of improvement towards "better" conditions in a particular sphere (religious, political, economic, etc). To progressives, if you're not "progressing" then at best you remain stagnant (conservatives), and at worst you regress to some worse state (fundamentalists). They essentially believe that humans can continually improve our situation and solve all our problems. This is how bad ideas like eugenics originated with progressives, who nowadays would be officially aghast at the idea because they have progressed past that. And why "progressive christians" can support things like gay marriage, because for various reasons they see that as improvement over the old status quo.
Real Conservativism is not stagnation. Such people believe in progressive improvement -- except that they also believe in preserving what is good, and carrying it forward for future generations to enjoy. A culture can carry on like this for centuries -- Like the Christian Middle Ages, which advanced in knowledge, wisdom, technology, art & architecture, governance and virtue -- for a thousand years of relative happiness.
It is the Progressive movements that have brought the greatest rates of killing to humanity in the most recent centuries. Starting with the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror, then world wars and weapons of mass destruction, with concentration camps & genocides, and now we have industrial-scale abortion and euthanasia. Throw in a few communist revolutions, and we count billions of lives lost to Progressivism in just over 200 years.
This could only be achieved by untethering ourselves from the Christian wisdom of past centuries.
Two more rambling points:
1) Progressive is a political term. Progressive Christians, like liberal Christians and conservative Christians, are strongly subject to the temptation of believing that we can find political solutions to our social and spiritual problems.
2) Eugenics was a very bad idea because it involved elimination of undesirable lives rather more than encouraging the desirable lives. The tools to accomplish eugenics were the evil part: Contraception, sterilization, abortion, and euthanasia.
While Progressives shy away from the word "eugenics," they still encourage us to enjoy the same evils. They have not learned.