An Oxford study now confirms something the Bible has made clear for centuries, but which modernist scholars for decades have been unwilling to admit: the ancients sacrificed their children. The most recent report, however, goes further: it reveals the insane blindness at the heart of all of pagan and humanist civilizations in regard to human life.
Of course, I have written about this before in articles and in God vs. Socialism. This very debate took place in the 19th century between Lords Acton and McCaulay. Acton proved in pain after painful page that humanist and pagan civilizations throughout the centuries ritually sacrificed humans, including children, quite often.
The Guardian now reports,
Just as ancient Greek and Roman propagandists insisted, the Carthaginians did kill their own infant children, burying them with sacrificed animals and ritual inscriptions in special cemeteries to give thanks for favours from the gods, according to a new study.
“This is something dismissed as black propaganda because in modern times people just didn’t want to believe it,” said Josephine Quinn, a lecturer in ancient history at Oxford, who is behind the study, with international colleagues, of one of the most bitterly debated questions in classical archaeology.
Notice the humanistic presuppositions at work: “in modern times people just didn’t want to believe it.”
You know, because humanity could never be so barbaric. The blessed Romans with their arches and aqueducts. The Greeks with their sacred geometry and philosophy. The Phoenicians with their seafaring and navigation and alphabet. The Celts with their artistry and lore. The Aztecs and Mayans with their pyramids and vast cultures. Oh, for the love of humanity!
Despite overwhelming testimony from ancient authors for centuries now, modernists “just didn’t want to believe it.” Don’t ever let anyone persuade you that scientists are free of irrational assumptions, feelings, and biases. Dispassionate my foot.
This Oxford study pulls off the blinders:
“But when you pull together all the evidence – archaeological, epigraphic and literary – it is overwhelming and, we believe, conclusive: they did kill their children, and on the evidence of the inscriptions, not just as an offering for future favours but fulfilling a promise that had already been made.”
In other words, these people sacrificed their children in thanksgiving for favors believed to have come from their gods, and also as a pledge—probably oath-bound—toward future benefits.
In other words, for self-promotion, for self-advancement, for self-gain, these people would murder their own babies. For the mere hope of future self-gain, these people would promise to murder their babies.
Now note the blindness of the secularists, who, even now acknowledging the gruesome history, remain blind to its modern parallel. It’s no secret now: babies are murdered here, too. For largely the same reasons: self-convenience, self-promotion, self-advancement. But today it is on a far more widespread scale bordering on the genocide of a generation.
And while mothers abort their children on today’s altar of self by the countless millions, you have PhDs and authorities all over the world denying that the ancients sacrificed children, because they “just didn’t want to believe it.”
Oh, the humanity.
Quinn goes on to conclude that child sacrifice “may even have been seen as a philanthropic act for the good of the whole community.”
Now witness this video, where a college student destroys a pro-life display while arguing that abortion is a necessity for the good of the community.
“You are an overpopulated earth. You want to keep paying taxes for babies born to crackheads? . . . that are born into welfare? You want to keep paying for that s**t? ‘Cause I don’t!”
That’s a new one: we need abortion to keep taxed down and welfare rolls thinned out.
Now witness this video, where college kids, boys and girls alike, admit that they should support abortion because it means they can obtain casual sex more often (warning: some crass language).
Now witness this video, where a young woman argues with a mixture of arrogance and self-centered desperation for abortion, because “a baby’s going to get in the way of the job I need to pay off those [student] loans.”
It’s no wonder the humanist intellectual elites cannot bring themselves to admit the barbarism of the ancients. The self-worshipping civilization these educators have promoted for over a century has materialized into something millions of times worse than Carthage. Better to keep the blinders on. Whistle past the graveyard—a graveyard of millions.
They just don’t want to believe it.
Believe it. And weep.