The undeniable and inevitable connection between ideology and action. No tradition, worldview or philosophy exists in a perfect vacuum of theory. Every idea that captures the heart, has its fountain and emission.
“Keep your heart above all that you keep. For out of it flow the issues of life” – King Solomon.
“The only way, really, to pursue a godlessness in good conscience is to forget history.”
– David Bentley Hart
In context, I found this a deeply penetrating statement about the condition of the current discussion between theists and materialists. What is that context? I highly recommend the full talk, but it can be summarized as follows:
The claim was never true, but it was (in some ways) understandable that Enlightenment thinkers would believe that a society liberated from all belief in transcendence would achieve new heights of prosperity and morality–that enough education, or the right social programs, would do what religion could not.
Now that we are living in the wake of the bloodiest century in all of human history, it takes a deep lack of curiosity (or downright willful ignorance), to believe that a godless society is the unqualified good to be zealously pursued that so many proclaim…
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