Despite the fact that most of the Fabians (like Marx and the later Bolsheviks) promoted atheism or at least agnosticism, they had no problem employing religious language or even overtly tagging the name “Christian” on their devices. They disguised their wolf’s-head atheistic system under the white-as-snow wool of Christian faith in such an “impudent contrivance,” as Martin calls it, as the “Christian Book Club.”4 For a grand opening in this disguise, they offered Christians the Webb’s Soviet Socialism—A New Civilization. Martin comments:
The inference seemed to be that, since Christians were not overly bright, they could easily be led down the garden path to Socialism by a false appeal to ideals of brotherhood and social justice. . . . To churchgoers among the voting population, Sidney Webb had reasoned shrewdly, Socialist goals must be presented cautiously—in terms that did not appear to conflict with their religious beliefs. . . . For the most part its spokesmen prudently avoided outraging the beliefs of religious minded persons, while soliciting their support for Socialist candidates and persons.5
The faux-religiosity of the socialist program extended well beyond the mere presentation of the message. The whole system intended to replace Christianity from Marx onward, only while Marx favored open confrontation and conquest, the Fabians promoted subversion and gradualism. Either way, Socialism was a new messianism, a humanistic, God-replacing messianism. Martin again:
In the Fabian Socialist movement, as in Soviet Marxism, there was always a strong element of political messianism, diametrically opposed to the religious messianism of One who proclaimed: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” Both Socialist and Communist literature stressed the supposedly communal character of early Christianity, undetectable to anyone familiar with the Epistles of St. Paul. Revolutionary Marxism, open or disguised, was presented as being the “Christianity of today.” Voluntary charity and renunciation of one’s own goods were confused with the forcible confiscation of other people’s property, as illustrated in the famous phrase of John Maynard Keynes, “the euthanasia of the rentier,” that is, the mercy-killing or painless extinction of those who live on income from invested capital.6
Nowhere does the messianic worldview of the socialists find a better visual expression than in the aforementioned window. All the major themes shine through: while founding member Edward Pease mans the bellows, fanning the flames of a smith’s furnace, fellow founders G. B. Shaw and Sidney Webb place the globe—heated like iron to an orange glow—upon an anvil and hammer away to the caption “REMOULD IT NEARER TO THE HEARTS DESIRE.” Between the hammering atheists and above the globe stands a crest displaying a wolf in sheep’s clothing with the initials “F.S.”—“Fabian Socialists.” Below this grizzly vision of Socialist “remoulding” of the world, ten more of the original members kneel with hands folded in prayer towards a stack of their holy scriptures: the works of G. B. Shaw, the writings of the Webbs, and the Fabian Society Tracts and Essays. The group of disciples even has a “Judas,” H. G. Wells, who later left the group in disillusionment. He kneels on the left end while thumbing his nose at the rest of the group and their devotion.
Nevertheless, the overall picture is clear, and it comports with the thesis of this book: the God of Holy Scripture stands in total contrast to Socialism. The two are irreconcilable and must necessarily wage war until one lay vanquished. This window into the socialist soul reveals an attempt at a complete replacement of Christianity. Instead of God’s will they follow their own “heart’s desire.” In place of dominion under God, we have man-directed dominion and refashioning of the world in man’s image. Instead of the heart-refining fire of the Holy Spirit, we have man generating the flames of passion and ambition. Instead of Christ’s disciples, we get twelve apostles of socialism (minus Wells) “praying” and “hammering”—a theft of St. Benedict’s rule ora et labora, “pray and work.” Above all we see the central object of their obeisance: the words of Shaw, Webb, and their Society. That is, above all they have replaced God’s word with man’s.
To intensify the insult, they openly declare that they will engage in trickery and deception—as wolves in sheep’s clothing—to carry out their ends. They will attempt to deceive Christians, feeding them their atheistic agenda in the name of Christianity, all the while denying the Christian faith as ardently as Marx, Lenin, or Stalin themselves. In continuance of such mockery-disguised-as-agreement, the Socialist-dominated government at the time interred the ashes of the two atheists, Beatrice and Sidney Webb, within the grounds of Westminster Abbey.7 This should not surprise us, as they had buried Charles Darwin there over a generation earlier, thanks to the urging of fellow agnostics Francis Galton and Thomas Huxley.
But while Darwin denied God and appealed to natural selection for evolutionary change, the Fabian atheists created a belief system in which man (they themselves at the head, of course) direct the evolutionary change, including the evolution of mankind (meaning, “other men”). This is a new providence—the providence of man. This apostate providence justifies the forced redistribution of wealth, erosion of personal freedom, and other measures of violence that have accompanied socialism throughout its history. There is no safeguard from this tyranny except for the doctrines of private property, privacy, individual liberty, and personal accountability taught by God in the Bible.
God and socialism stand in complete contradiction and eternal conflict. We must choose one, and cannot choose neither. Without God, mankind is doomed to the judgment of mankind, including his political contrivances leading to theft. Christians must recognize this antithesis and choose the good. We must stand and defend private property and individual freedom. Thankfully, we have the Holy Spirit, the Word of God, and the mandates and the will of God behind us in history, in order to combat the idolatrous man-contrived Socialism that confronts us in so many forms today. Let us use the forces in favor to discern.
[From the author’s God versus Socialism: A Biblical Critique of the New Social Gospel.]
It should be noted that there is no Christian society in the United Kingdom today, only a bunch of welfare bums and atheistic masters – who, just like old times, bleat a few Christian words here and there, blather to a dead (Western) European religion.
A religion they took great delight in disposing of, incidentally.
But let it be noted, they would have gotten nowhere if either the pastorate or the commoners stood against them. But the pastors and the priests (and NOT the scientists) were the first to welcome Darwin; and the common
British European, socialistic to the core, truly does believe in stealing from his neighbour to stuff his own pocket.
So the near-term future of England is empty churches and full mosques… and the inevitable day when voting Muslims outnumber those shrinking, laughably irrelevant, hopeless band of ever-retreating, antinomian, amil/premil believers still
- waiting for the Rapture (ain’t happening, folks – only the arrival of King Jesus, and then immediately the Judgement), or
- the inevitable triumph of Satan (which will only occur temporarily in Europe, and then only because the church joyfully ushered him in, from Martin Luther’s Two Kingdoms foolishness onwards.
Will the Church inevitably fall, with the death of the apostate pseudo-Christians of Western Europe?
Nah. Islam is a walking talking failure: they are only going to win this particular battle because Muslims bear their children live, while white secular Europeans are careful to live as childfree lives as possible.
“One side has a future. The other…. does not.”
“The other side also has a few million brood-brothers just across the Med, waiting for the right moment to cross the waves. The collapse of Egypt or Algeria or Turkey should do nicely…”
Instead of destroying millions of lives in abortions and wars, the Europeans could have long ago converted the Muslims if they spent their own lives as sacrifices to Christ, rather than sacrificing their young men to the State or their unborn children to Pleasure. I doubt if it would have taken, say, a million missionaries between 1850-1950 to have done the job.
Far less than even the German military death toll in World War II. Never mind all the dead, civilian and military alike, in that psychotic disaster. And I haven’t even touched on World War I…
But no matter. Where Western Europe failed, others will succeed: Africans, Asians, even some Red State Americans. And we will soon enough, in a few centuries I expect, hear of tens of thousands of Mohammed’s glorifying Jesus Christ as Lord and God, the true Son of God… and not a single Pierre, or Federico, or Mathais.
“You don’t get to shape the future if you don’t bother to show up.”