Are Christians the last barrier before West finally sinks into an oozing dungpit of ignorance, perversions and drugs?
”Instead of individuals believing in anything told to them by religious leaders, now individuals believe everything told to them by science, making people more naive than in Middle Ages.” (Neil Postman)
In short, I agree with Neil Postman. In a country, such as Sweden, this ignorance has evolved far beyond harmless naivety. To many, ”science” is the only authority in what can be summarized as very superficial and materialistic lifestyles.
If ”science” would tell this nation’s citizens to reinstate a Nazi version of eugenics, I’m afraid a large majority would happily comply and even believe they would be executing an act of mercy; eliminating all terminally ill, genetically ”inferior” and otherwise unwanted (actually this is already happening, but masked in a clinically neutralizing language).
Postman continues his observations about our age:
”uncontrolled growth of technology destroys the vital sources of our humanity. It creates a culture without a moral foundation. It undermines certain mental processes and social relations that make human life worth living.”
To me, it is a very encouraging sign, when a secular Professor and writer comes to conclusions I happen to share. In fact, when extending this trail of thoughts, it seems very difficult avoiding the foundation which made Western civilization unique in our species’ history; repentance, mercy and justice, i.e. Christ.
On this blog, I have frequently asked you visitors, what in our social environment may be ”undermining certain mental processes”, how non-believers construct a notion of ”human dignity” and how exactly atheists can construct and share a common moral foundation (where is it and what is it)?
Apart from the typical outbursts of shear stupidity, I have never seen any Swedish atheists explore, nor understand, the foundations Postman believes are the ”vital sources of our humanity”.
Evidently and sadly, a growing number of people have lost a clear understanding of what humanity is/was…
Ending this post with a few words by Charles J Chaput O.F.M Cap. and Archbishop of Philadelphia, from a speech at University of Pennsylvania, November 7 2011.
”The American Founders presumed the existence of natural law and natural rights. These rights are inalienable and guaranteed by a Creator; by “nature’s God,” to use the words of the Declaration of Independence. Such ideas may be out of fashion in much of legal theory today. But these same ideas are very much alive in the way we actually reason and behave in our daily lives.
Most of us here tonight believe that we have basic rights that come with the special dignity of being human. These rights are inherent to human nature. They’re part of who we are. Nobody can take them away. But if there is no Creator, and nothing fundamental and unchangeable about human nature, and if “nature’s God” is kicked out of the conversation, then our rights become the product of social convention. And social conventions can change. So can the definition of who is and who isn’t “human.”
The irony is that modern liberal democracy needs religion more than religion needs modern liberal democracy.”
So, Christian readers, what do you say: should we let this age ”sink into an oozing dungpit of ignorance, perversions and drugs”, or should we try saving someone in the crowd?
Do we actually have a choice?