In 1892, the 400th anniversary of Columbus' achievement was enthusiastically celebrated in America. In 1992, for the 500th anniversary, Columbus was widely denounced as a "racist" and an "imperialist."
It may be that others discovered America before Columbus, but Columbus brought with him Christianity, and therefore Civilization. America was settled. "Settling" is something only civilized people do. Americans have the right to pitch a tent and "live off the land" in isolated "self-sufficiency" (unless there are "zoning laws" to the contrary). Indians did not have the right or the option to live under a division of labor in an industrialized economy.
The forces of "multiculturalism" that dominated Columbus Day in 1992 seem to have lost some influence, largely because after 9-11, it's hard to say that the religion of Christopher Columbus is the same as that of Osama bin Laden, and that all cultures are equal.
Columbus was after Gold.
A good reason to like anyone.
Some Secularist historians have used this fact to cast doubt on the claim that Columbus was a Christian. Neo-platonist "christians" are easily confused at this point. They don't see how someone could be a Christian if he's in pursuit of something so terribly "unspiritual" as gold.
But the Bible says gold is good.
Even the U.S. Constitution says gold is good: that "no state shall make anything but gold and silver a tender in payment of debts." The triumph of Secular Humanism's preference for unbacked paper money has empowered the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank to crush more poor Latin Americans than Columbus could ever dream of.
Columbus Attempted to Civilize the Indians.
How many Indians were there? Less than a million? Ten million? Russell Means says 100 million. This is nonsense. The Indians were unable to sustain a population in North America which is one-hundredth that of today. To quote Hobbes, their lives were "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short."
Was Columbus an instrument of God's judgment upon a people dominated by idolatry, slavery, immorality, brutality, and tribal racism?
Columbus and the Puritans came to this nation to bring the Gospel to the natives, and this is their chief offense in the eyes of modern secular man.
Columbus Defended Western Civilization
- Columbus was motivated to explore and then to civilize the New World by his Christian faith.
- Commission cited by Court in Holy Trinity shows influence of Christianity
- The civil government which backed exploration of the New World were also motivated by the vision of Christendom.
- The coercive excesses of European governments in the New World were being tempered by the Christian faith.
The journals of Columbus reveal his faith:
- Steve Wilkins:
- Columbus Contra Mundum (I)
- Columbus Contra Mundum (II)
- Columbus Contra Mundum (III)
- Columbus and the New World Order
- Discussion in First Things
- Columbus' Colleagues
- Indians: The Noble Savage?
- Multiculturalism is war on Christianity
- Vitoria's New World Order: The Great Commission and the Discovery of the New World, by Ruben C. Alvarado
- Ayn Rand Institute
- Columbus Day: The Cure for 9/11 (Providence Journal)
- Columbus Day Celebrates Western Civilization By Thomas Bowden
- Columbus' "religious zealotry" was no fault, it was the basis for everything Columbus did.
- On Columbus Day, Celebrate Western Civilization, Not Multiculturalism By: Michael S. Berliner
- The Christopher Columbus Controversy
- Columbus Day: A Time to Celebrate
- Columbus Brought Civilization to America
- Morality and Columbus Day: Another View by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.
- The Flat Earth Myth by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.+
- Happy Three-Day Weekend! (Or What Does Presidents' Day Mean To You?) by Bill Kauffman
- The Ecological Indian Is a Myth
Neither criminals nor saints, early natives were simply human, says Lorne Gunter.
- Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth: "As Rare as Hen's Teeth" – Part 1
- Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth: "The Poetry of Creation" – Part 2
- Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth: "Reading the Bible Through Greek Glasses" – Part 3
- Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth: "Sun Rise, Sun Set" – Part 4
- Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth: "The Origin of the Myth" – Part 5
- Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth: "Chronological Snobbery" – Part 6
- Christopher Columbus and the Flat Earth Myth: "When Being Wrong Was Right"
– Part 7
- Flat Earth or Flat-Out Lie
- History of Disease
- How Secularists Turned the Myths of Pop Culture into History