In the Tower of Babel story, God is said to have confused our languages in order, implicitly, that we could not progress to a point where we would no longer rely on Him, either because of our own arrogance or through some other means.
Before the division of the languages, we were apparently (at least according to the story) a unified world people with (and because of, very likely) a unified language.
So, then, if God wished to divide the world’s people by confusing our languages so that we could not work together to such an extent that we would be able to do so much that we would no longer rely (enough?) on God, is uniting very much under our “lingua franca” (English, by in large) and becoming an increasingly global culture morally permissible by God? Would He really want us to unify as a global society in this way? After all, was that not essentially, though perhaps to an even greater degree than even now, what was the case before Babel? And the people were apparently already growing too arrogant (?), even in that early day.
And, projecting further into the future, would God, at least considering the Babel story, approve of a world government of some kind? Indeed, as I say, it would seem that He devided us so that we would not work together as a global society or be unified as essentially one culture and maybe even one government in future.
For the moment, here, we are only considering the Babel story. I do not wish to argue for or against a lingua franca, unified culture and/or government on other philosophical grounds outside of this. I am only interested in how one can justify these things in light of the Babel passage alone.
And, what of past empires that covered a vast part of the (known) world such as, for instance, the Roman, both pre- and post-Christian? I mean, the Roman Empire certain facilitated the spread of Christianity, but, cannot God use even what He disapproves of ultimately to accomplish good? Indeed, in the post-Christian empire, there seems to have been no effort made to reduce its size and/or divide it up because of the implications of Babel. I know of only one Church Father who came close to stating something like this should be done when he implied that non-Christians should not learn other languages because they could do more evil with more people. Still, perhaps Christians in this era simply were not thinking about the Babel passage and its implications regarding this subject? Indeed, as they understood it, a majority of the world had been subjected to Rome, to common widely-spoken languages (Latin and Greek) used for such things as business and commerce and to essentially a common form of government. Again, we’re not talking here about the ethics under which the Empire rose; I only wish to address its size/unity in light of the Babel passage. Indeed, what of other imperial powers that spread far and wide and unified very often under a common language(s) in light of the Babel passage? Would all these be approved of by God, even in light of the Babel passage? (Again, we’re not considering other factors right now, only the content and implications of the Tower of Babel.)
I suppose one could argue that the Church is, in some sense, an international/unified society (which used even to exist under a common language) under a pretty universal set of ecclesial laws. However, on the whole, it is relatively small considering the entire world population and pales in comparison to the massive amounts of people currently under the sway of our global society in this day and age. It also does not take into account non-Christians.
If you think God approves of a lingua franca, a unified world in culture/economics/etc. and/or a world government of some kind, how do you argue in favor of this, especially considering the Babel story?
I mean, I don’t know about you, but I enjoy being so connected with the world as I am very cosmopolitan in mindset. It seems to work relatively well, despite the downsides. Still, considering the Babel story, again, I wonder if my thinking is right on this issue.