Although the word Islam figures in Murray's subtitle, he devotes less attention to the religion itself less than he does to Europe's response to it. Islam also gets less space here than Christianity – or, more specifically, Europe's loss of Christian belief and identity. This focus makes for some of the book's most original and fascinating sections, in which Murray (an Oxonian, by the way) explores the impact of Darwin and of the nineteenth-century Biblical “higher criticism” that led to the loss of faith limned in, for example, Matthew Arnold's 1867 poem “Dover Beach.” It was to overcome this loss that the twentieth-century totalitarianisms were concocted. And once they'd done their massive mischief, and been expensively quashed, what remained? A spiritual void.
Monday, June 12, 2017
… A Masterly Look At Europe | Frontpage Mag. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)