The modern mind is half-witted, favoring analysis over
synthesis. While purporting to be objective, certain, and precise, it deceives itself in regard to so-called objectivity and overreaches in its attempt to explain the whole of life, instead offering only a truncated notion of truth. Life is full of ambiguities and contradictions. No matter what we do, we cannot eliminate the human context in which we must always perceive the truth.
“It is wrong to say that politics is everything, but it is a fact that in our society everything has become political.” When everything is reduced to politics, all problems are perceived as political problems in need of political solutions. This is tragic, for most problems demand more than a political solution.
In spite of the rejection of the explicit language of religion, the “sacred” continues to exist and operate in our modern society. Though “Christianity is no longer the religion of the masses”, humankind remains “just as religious as medieval man” (65), for the state is the new sacred, politics the new religion, and technology “the instrument of liberation… the god who saves.”
In a civilization which has lost the meaning of life, the most useful thing a Christian can do is to live—and life, understood from the point of view of faith, has an extraordinary explosive force. We are not aware of it, because we only believe in “efficiency,” and life is not efficient. But this life alone can break the illusions of the modern world by showing everyone the utter powerlessness of a mechanistic view.
In “Bad Religion” New York Times columnist Ross Douthat
argues that “America’s problem isn’t too much religion, or too little of it. It’s bad religion: the slow-motion collapse of traditional Christianity and the rise of a variety of destructive pseudo-Christianities in its place”