FAQ (aka, what is Culture Warp?)
Welcome to Culture Warp brand Christian and conservative apparel and merchandise. We understand you might have some questions about what we're all about. We've got answers:
1. What is Culture Warp?
Although historically founded and steeped in Judeo-Christian values and traditions, American culture (indeed, all of Western Civilization) is being changed, morphed under pressure from many seeking to undermine those traditional principles and beliefs. This slow warping into something different, a gradual progression toward a secular, non-Christian society, threatens to undermine many of the institutions and values that have guided and under-girded Western Civilization for millennia.
Atheist Friedrich Nietzsche, author of the phrase, "God is dead," understood this:
“When one gives up the Christian faith, one pulls the right to Christian morality out from under one's feet. This morality is by no means self-evident… Christianity is a system, a whole view of things thought out together. By breaking one main concept out of it, the faith in God, one breaks the whole.” - Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
While modern critics of Christianity like to label believers as extremists of one kind or another, the truth is that Christianity, far from being extreme, comprises the traditions and values that bestowed upon Western Civilization many of the greatest moral and societal advancements most people today take for granted.
As Alfred North Whitehead observed nearly a century ago, our belief in the rational comprehensibility of the world around us (the foundation of science) emanated from the Medieval Christian understanding of creation as the product of a rational, omniscient mind. Everything from individual human worth, equality, and dignity (the foundation of human rights) to our notions of marriage, courtship, and family can be traced to our Christian heritage. Christianity was the leading force in ending slavery, and forms the heart of our modern notions of democratic rule.
This is not to say that science is threatened by a post-Christian culture, or that non-Christians cannot be ethical people. But, without the foundation the Christian worldview provided, it is not at all clear from where society's new values will come, or on what basis we can still hold to those Christian values we do not wish to so quickly jettison.
Looked at objectively and historically, Christian traditionalists are not the extremists. Indeed, the term "extreme traditionalist" would be an oxymoron. Rather, the radical views come from those who work to overturn those distinctly Christian values and traditions that have gotten us where we are today.
2. What's with the vulture?
As described above, traditional Western culture, founded on Judeo-Christian values, is being undermined and attacked daily by those, primarily on the the ideological Left, who would seek to overturn those values. If left undefended, the distinctly Christian Western culture is in danger of fading away entirely over time.
Like a vulture in the wild circling overhead as its next meal lay dying, the Culture Warp vulture symbolizes the possible end to the way of life and value system that has guided Western Civilization for millennia. It reminds each of us from where we have come, and that we must stand up to proclaim and defend those values and traditions that have gotten us where we are today.