A Note From Our Editor: “Secularism And Stupidity In The Fast Lane” -- By: Anonymous
A Note From Our Editor: “Secularism And Stupidity In The Fast Lane”
Secularism has been around for a long time; though (pace Francis Shaeffer) it did not become dominant during the Renaissance, it certainly became mainline ideology in the western world beginning with the 18th century (misdesignated) Enlightenment. As for stupidity, that has been around even longer—ever since our first parents in the Garden of Eden believed the lies of the serpent.
But, unless my imagination is running wild, during the last few decades the incremental rates of both stupidity and secularity have been rising at an unprecedented rate.1 Here are just a few examples:
(1) The wide acceptance of evolutionary arguments à la Dawkins that, given enough time, one can explain developmental change without resorting to intelligent design. The problem here is that time contains no causal element. A birdhouse can sit for an infinite period of time and will still be a birdhouse; it will not change into a castle.2
(2) In the Union of South Africa, public holidays of ecclesiastical significance such as Ascension Day have been scrapped in favour of humanistic festivals (“Women’s Day,” “Worker’s Day,” “Youth Day,” etc.).
(3) When I read for the English bar, the most influential figures on the English legal scene were serious, practicing Christians: Lord Chancellor Hailsham, whose first autobiography, The Door Wherein I Went, contains an important legal apologetic for Christian faith3; Lord Diplock, who worshipped regularly at the barristers’ Temple Church; and Lord Denning, president of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. Now the atmosphere has radically changed: an English judge recently denied the appeal of a Christian relationships counselor who was fired for refusing to provide sex counseling to a homosexual couple, stating that religious justifications were “irrational”4; and two civil servants have been told not to wear crosses to work—the English courts agreeing and the government taking the same position before the European Court of Human Rights.
(4) In the 2012 French presidential race, Sarkozy, the experienced president, lost to Hollande, a man with zero experience in running a government and even less experience in foreign affairs. This occurred against the background of the desperate need for financial austerity as promoted by Sarkozy—whilst the departement headed by Hollande had the biggest financial deficit in the entire country. The more committed to Christianity one was, the more he or she voted for Sarkozy, whilst Hollande was heavil...
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