Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry | Science | The Guardian

Source: Genetic study reveals 30% of white British DNA has German ancestry | Science | The Guardian

The Romans, Vikings and Normans may have ruled or invaded the British for hundreds of years, but they left barely a trace on our DNA, the first detailed study of the genetics of British people has revealed.

The analysis shows that the Anglo-Saxons were the only conquering force, around 400-500 AD, to substantially alter the country’s genetic makeup, with most white British people now owing almost 30% of their DNA to the ancestors of modern-day Germans.

Why is Europe losing the will to breed? | The Irish Times

Despite Europe’s wonderful heritage, the continent is losing faith in itself, and birth rates have collapsed

Source: Why is Europe losing the will to breed? | The Irish Times

Sobering statistics and commentary from the Irish Times. But at least the fact that a piece like this is published at all gives hope that the mainstream is starting to wake up to the magnitude of the crisis!

What greater sign could there be that our civilisation is dying than the fact that the majority of Europeans have insufficient zest in life to replace themselves? Civilisation can struggle on even in difficult circumstances, but it can hardly survive without people…

European civilisation has given the world many cherished values, freedoms and institutions, including the classical legacy of Greece and Rome; the rule of law; separation of church and state; modern science; individual freedom; a fabulous heritage of music, painting, sculpture and architecture; and more.

But despite this wonderful heritage, Europe is losing faith in itself, and birth rates have collapsed…

Some people comfort themselves with the thought that Europe can overcome its demographic problems through the large-scale absorption of immigrants. This is a naive attitude. When birth rates fall to about 1.5, even large scale immigration will not hold the population steady over time. Also, European values are not universal and there is no necessary reason to expect that other civilisations will adopt these values simply because they come to Europe to partake of the technical and commercial fruits of western civilisation.

Apart from the social pressures that depress birth rates, our civilisation is also under internal assault from postmodern intellectual elites and their acolytes in the mass media, who enthusiastically embrace moral and cultural relativism, multiculturalism and political correctness and attack our values and weaken our will. We must repulse these attacks, regain our confidence and boost birth rates back up to replacement rates.

Studies have shown that people who have little hope for the future choose not to reproduce. Unfortunately, that results in a shrinking population which, in turn, reduces prospects for the future – a vicious feedback loop that will continue unless or until something happens to jar Europe (and the European diaspora, because the problem is not limited to Europe itself) out of its downward spiral.

I hope that the appearance of an article such as this one in a mainstream Irish publication is an indication that the pendulum is starting to swing back, however tentatively!

Emotional Connection: How to Get the Sex Life of Your Dreams

What is the one thing we want and need most in relationships?

If you said sex … you’re wrong.

Source: Emotional Connection: How to Get the Sex Life of Your Dreams

While the headline speaks of sex – it’s no secret that “sex sells” – this is really about more than just sexuality; it’s about the importance of emotional connection, intimacy, and commitment:

Recent studies have shown that people who have the highest sexual satisfaction and the most sex are married couples. This statistic defeats the commonly held notion that intimacy for couples must decrease with time, and that novel sexual encounters are the most satisfying.

In the context of a committed relationship, it is not novelty that determines satisfaction, but emotional connection.

The deeper you are able to connect with your partner emotionally, the more dynamic your sexual experience will be. The greater your emotional connection is with your partner, the more in tune you will be with their physical and sexual needs as well.  Emotional connection requires the most sensitivity of any of our needs, so it is the most important connection to practice.

Since it’s difficult to develop a significant emotional connection in the absence of a sustained and committed relationship, commitment is key to a healthy and satisfying sex life – as it is in pretty much every other aspect of a worthwhile relationship. So where did we get this crazy idea that promiscuity is a desirable trait?

In any case, some of us intuited this truth about the critical importance of emotional connection a long, long time ago… but it’s still kind of nice to see some additional research backing it up! Now I just need to find the right woman… nothing could be simpler, right? *wry grin*

After all, my standards aren’t high (irony alert!) – just someone with whom I can connect on all levels: physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual… One day, God willing!

Moral Minority by Patrick J. Deneen | Articles | First Things

Published within months of each other, three books share the belief that traditional Christians are a moral minority.

Source: Moral Minority by Patrick J. Deneen | Articles | First Things

Typical excellence from First Things, though this a sobering article, more than an encouraging one. Yet it is important to know where we stand, to be fully aware of the scope of the task ahead of us. And the task is large! Complex, as well. As this article notes,

“Politics will not save us. What is first of all necessary is to rebuild a culture in disarray. Compared with recovering the basic requirements of virtuous civilization — healthy communities, flourishing family life, sound education, a deep reservoir of cultural memory and practice, and formative religious faith — remaking the Supreme Court is a cinch. Philosophers who have described culture as the first requirement of a healthy civilization, from Plato to Burke to Tocqueville, have generally believed that the most one can consciously strive to achieve is preservation of a healthy culture, should one be fortunate enough to possess one. Once a culture is corrupted from within, however, they saw little hope of reversing its decay.”

Deneen further notes that despite some successes for political conservatives, over the last 30 to 40 years, the culture has changed, and not in a traditional direction: “For nearly thirty years, conservatives have triumphed politically amid a catastrophic breakdown of social and cultural norms, especially those that foster an ethic of self-sacrifice, commonweal, and practices that inculcate duty, discipline, respect, civility, and obedience.” In other words, the cultural corruption, the decay, is already deep-seated.

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The Anglophilic Anglican is creating a defense of Western Christendom | Patreon

Introducing The Anglophilic Anglican’s Patreon account!

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Source: The Anglophilic Anglican is creating a defense of Western Christendom | Patreon

We live in a challenging time in history, one in which traditional Western and Christian values are under attack from a multitude of sources, including but not limited to militant Islam, militant atheism, and – perhaps even more concerning – widespread apathy and denial.

The Anglophilic Anglican is a blog and social-media project based in the United States but pro-British and pro-European in orientation, which seeks to promote and defend traditional Western and Christian values through original commentary and sharing of relevant content on my blog and various social media platforms [currently working on a YouTube channel, and other venues may be developed as time, money, and energy allows]. Your patronage enables me to devote less time and effort to mere subsistence, and more time and effort to this campaign, this task, this sacred duty!

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Any amount is greatly appreciated: as indicated above, the less time and effort I have to spend pursuing subsistence income, the more time and effort I have available to defend the ideals and values of Western and Christian civilization against those who are attacking them, and to inspire others to take up the fight.

As well, of course, as to share interesting and relevant content and commentary on a wide range of topics closely or loosely related to things English / British, Anglican, or traditional (whether European or American). This blog has always had a fairly wide-ranging scope, and that will not cease to be the case, despite my decision to focus on culture and heritage defense.

I leave you with two thoughts – neither original, but both of them cogent and apposite: “We must stand together or we shall surely fall separately,” and “Good things are easily destroyed, but not easily created.” Let’s make sure we’re on the creative side of history!

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Yours in service to our common heritage and ideals,

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