Stickwick had some thoughts about the IQ-related video I posted yesterday.
I found the Rushton video interesting. During the Q&A, someone astutely asked Rushton why the difference in terms of societal output between whites and higher-IQ Asians. Rushton said the answer is not known, but he’s wrong. The answer is well known amongst historians of science: it’s Christianity.
Pearcey and Thaxton, in their book, The Soul of Science, explain in great detail that it was the ideals and assumptions of Christianity that led to science and thus greater technological advances.
These ideals and assumptions include:
- Belief that the universe was created and ordered by a transcendent, rational mind
- Belief that the universe is lawful and knowable
- Belief in the reality of the physical world
- Belief that the physical world is of value
- Viewing physical work as noble, as a divine calling
- The Biblical admonishment to test claims
- Viewing the study of nature as a proper form of worship
- Belief in linear time
- Belief that mathematics forms the substrate of the physical world
Every non-Christian culture lacks at least one, and usually several, of these, which are all necessary for the development and advancement of science. This is why the intellectually advanced Greeks, and the technologically advanced Romans and Chinese, did not develop science, while the “backwards” medieval European Christians did.
The implications are obvious:
- If progressives are ever successful in completely secularizing the West, we will be relegated to second-world status.
- If Asians, with their superior IQs and self-discipline, ever become Christian in sufficiently large numbers, they will eat our lunch in terms of scientific and technological advancements.
This is why any efforts to make America and Europe great are doomed unless they are centered around Christianity.