A Few Words on Utopia, Dystopia, and R2K

Utopians believe that we need only follow our own internal compasses to be perfect. They believe this because they believe that man is basically good. They have no doctrine of the fall and believe that if man has any deficiencies they are the deficiencies that come from being in bad environments.

Christians, on the contrary, believe that man is basically sinful and understand that if man is left to “only follow his internal compass to be perfect” the result will be mass dystopia. For the Christian, any advance (individually or societally) will only come via regeneration and trusting in Christ which leads to an ongoing and continual death of the self.

This is why Christians expect there to be societal and cultural advances when genuine Reformation arrives, and concomitantly it is why Christians laugh at the idea of Revival where there is no attendant moral improvement on the social order.

If we were to make this very practical we would note that this is the difference between R2K Christianity and Biblical Reformed Christianity. R2K envisions Reformation as only impacting individuals whereas Biblical Christianity envisions Reformation impacting social orders precisely because Reformation has impacted individuals. This is only one witness to how errant R2K is as a bastard form of Christianity.

In the end, interestingly enough the R2K crowds are dystopian also. They are not dystopian because they believe that man is basically good. They affirm that man is fallen. R2K is a dystopian faith because it cordones the impact of Christianity away from the public square. Because R2K refuses to allow Christian nations, or Christendom, or Christian culture, the only thing left is non-Christian nations, Pagandom, and non-Christian culture. This follows from the Van Tillian insistence that there is no neutrality. R2K desires what they call a “common realm,” but a realm that is common is inescapably at the same time a realm that is neutral and as that is not possible the advocacy of R2K for a common realm is advocacy for dystopia.

Of course when R2K advocates for this common/neutral realm that is not shaped by Christianity what R2K is doing is creating a vacuum that will be filled either by some god that opposes the God of the Bible or by oligarchs who would ascend to the most high and give us a Great Reset and a New World Order. R2K “Christianity” is a religion of defeat and surrender. They know that and they promulgate it so has to be consistent with their defeatist Amillennial eschatology. Amillennialism requires defeat in the end and R2K has given us a theology that will create what it anticipates.

Author: jetbrane

I am a Pastor of a small Church in Mid-Michigan who delights in my family, my congregation and my calling. I am postmillennial in my eschatology. Paedo-Calvinist Covenantal in my Christianity Reformed in my Soteriology Presuppositional in my apologetics Familialist in my family theology Agrarian in my regional community social order belief Christianity creates culture and so Christendom in my national social order belief Mythic-Poetic / Grammatical Historical in my Hermeneutic Pre-modern, Medieval, & Feudal before Enlightenment, modernity, & postmodern Reconstructionist / Theonomic in my Worldview One part paleo-conservative / one part micro Libertarian in my politics Systematic and Biblical theology need one another but Systematics has pride of place Some of my favorite authors, Augustine, Turretin, Calvin, Tolkien, Chesterton, Nock, Tozer, Dabney, Bavinck, Wodehouse, Rushdoony, Bahnsen, Schaeffer, C. Van Til, H. Van Til, G. H. Clark, C. Dawson, H. Berman, R. Nash, C. G. Singer, R. Kipling, G. North, J. Edwards, S. Foote, F. Hayek, O. Guiness, J. Witte, M. Rothbard, Clyde Wilson, Mencken, Lasch, Postman, Gatto, T. Boston, Thomas Brooks, Terry Brooks, C. Hodge, J. Calhoun, Llyod-Jones, T. Sowell, A. McClaren, M. Muggeridge, C. F. H. Henry, F. Swarz, M. Henry, G. Marten, P. Schaff, T. S. Elliott, K. Van Hoozer, K. Gentry, etc. My passion is to write in such a way that the Lord Christ might be pleased. It is my hope that people will be challenged to reconsider what are considered the givens of the current culture. Your biggest help to me dear reader will be to often remind me that God is Sovereign and that all that is, is because it pleases him.

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