Monday, February 06, 2006

Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Schaeffer

"Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, said that the following five attributes marked Rome at its end: first, a mounting love of show and luxury (that is, affluence); second, a widening gap between the very rich and the very poor (this could be among countries in the family of nations as well as in a single nation); third, an obsession with sex; fourth, freakishness in the arts, masquerading as originality, and enthusiasms pretending to be creativity; fifth, an increased desire to live off the state. It all sounds so familiar."

Francis Schaeffer- How Should We Then Live


At Tuesday, February 07, 2006 1:43:00 PM, Blogger Joshua Ritchie said...

Dude! I was looking for this quote a while ago but wasn't sure who said it. Yeah, boy!

Regarding the fall of the Roman Empire, I heard of another quote similarly that spoke of the obsession with sports/entertainment and the push for women to be treated as men. Perhaps these somehow fit into the cateforgies that Schaeffer mentions.


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