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Without any ado, here are ten pictures that convey how far Western Civilization has fallen over the last centuries.

1. Mozart conducting one of his own settings of the Mass, circa 1780; modern church service with rock band


2. Crowd watching baseball game, early twentieth century; crowd watching baseball game, early twenty-first century


3. St. Andrew, crucified for preaching the Gospel in defiance of Roman authority; Timothy Cardinal Dolan with President Barack Obama, a vocal supporter of partial-birth abortion


4. St. Vitus Cathedral (Prague), built in the fourteenth century; Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles), built in 2002


5. Renaissance sculpture “Perseus with the Head of Medusa,” by Benvenuto Cellini (Florence, Italy); modern sculpture, “Male/Female,” by Jonathan Borofsky (Baltimore)


6. Lecture, medieval times; modern lecture


7. Leonardo Da Vinci”s “Mona Lisa” (1506/1517); Willem de Kooning’s “Woman III” (1953)


8. Popular music composer of the late nineteenth century; popular music composer of the late twentieth century


9. Bestselling volume of the seventeenth century; bestselling volume of the twenty-first century


10. Young men in the city, 1940s; young men in the city, modern times

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4 replies to this post
  1. Well if I didn’t need convincing this would convince me. There appears to be a cancer that causes , or has caused, this thing called beauty, it has been attacked for decades and with no hint of relief. As society in total has gone along with this spreading illness I must say that if we wish to honor beauty we must do what we can. Every man for himself !

  2. It’s a bit unfair to include a contemporary Christian worship band on this list, simply because you disagree with their style of music.This music has God-honoring lyrics that encourage people in their relationship with Christ, and I imagine the members of the band are living a counter-cultural lifestyle in this secular society. You won’t reach young people for Christ today with Mozart. Interesting premise and I get the point, but I think that one was unnecessary “friendly fire”…

  3. I hope you didn’t take five weeks for that one. As to Mozart, a quick look see from the pictures noted will do enough as to remind one of the decline in culture. What was that title again?
    And no hard feelings.

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