Friday, January 06, 2012

Linkage: Secular Theocracy

We are told that there is a divide between secular and religion.  So we make religion a thing of personal preference and the secular, such as politics and eduction, public.  The problem lies in the reality that there is not such a clean divide.  As any devout religious person will tell you, our faith plays a huge role in the decisions that we make, including where we go to school and who we vote for in elections.  In part one of his article Secular Theocracy David J. Theroux explains how the Enlightenment produced this divide of sacred verses secular, which had never existed before, and gave rise to the tyranny that we now live under: the secular state.
We live in an increasingly secularized world of massive and pervasive nation states in which traditional religion, especially Christianity, is ruled unwelcome and even a real danger on the basis of a purported history of intolerance and “religious violence.” This is found in most all “public” domains, including the institutions of education, business, government, welfare, transportation, parks and recreation, science, art, foreign affairs, economics, entertainment, and the media. A secularized public square policed by government is viewed as providing a neutral, rational, free, and safe domain that keeps the “irrational” forces of religion from creating conflict and darkness. And we are told that real progress requires expanding this domain by pushing religion ever backward into remote corners of society where it has little or no influence. In short, modern America has become a secular theocracy with a civic religion of national politics (nationalism) occupying the public realm in which government has replaced God.

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1 comment:

Stephen Wright said...

loved it

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