The Nones: Education without Divinity or Selfhood

Aug 22, 2019 by

by R J Snell, Public Discourse: If questions of ultimate meaning and purpose are shuttled to the side, as they are in so many of our schools and colleges, the various disciplines and domains of knowledge can never attain a unifying vision. The statistics indicate that there are as many Americans with no religion as there are Evangelicals or Catholics. Those with weak or “cultural” religious identity are rapidly disappearing. The rise of those without religion—the “Nones”—is now well-documented...

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The Rise of the Nones

Aug 19, 2019 by

by Nathaniel Peters, Public Discourse: The rise in numbers of people with no religious affiliation reflects the emergence of a new faith rather than a loss of faith altogether. As America’s religious norm changes from Christianity to therapeutic deism and spiritualized progressivism, we will find more people challenging longstanding protections of human dignity and religious liberty. Roughly one fifth of Americans, and one third of young Americans, are what the Pew Research Center has dubbed...

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The West cannot survive without a re-energised belief in Christianity

Aug 10, 2019 by

Most British people seem to take it on faith that to have faith is stupid. By Greg Sheridan, Spectator: There is no faster way to get yourself classed as dim than by admitting that you hold religious belief, especially Christian belief. Anti-Catholicism used to be the anti-Semitism of intellectuals; now Catholics get no special attention. All believing Christians are regarded as stupid, eccentric or malevolent. Some conservatives will make the case for the social usefulness of Christian...

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What Marx got wrong about religion

Aug 6, 2019 by

by Stephen Bullivant, Catholic Herald: Due to circumstances beyond my control (and, as swiftly transpired, my doctor’s), I’ve spent the past week filling myself with opiates. Not, I grant you, a situation devoutly to be wished. But equally, not one without its recompenses either. For the intrepid scholar of atheism, you see, systematically dulling one’s senses with codeine offers opportunities for serious fieldwork – indeed, for participant observation. Religion, after all, “is the opiate of...

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Out of the darkness: Is the secularist faith in decline?

Aug 4, 2019 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: We hear a great deal about the decline of the Church and the decline of the Christian faith in today’s West. But I wonder if we are also seeing something else – the decline of the secularist faith. Now I realise that immediately those who belong to that faith will cry out ‘it’s not a faith, it’s based on science and reason and facts’, but hear me out. It all depends on what we mean by secular. If it means that society should...

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Why atheists are more ‘Christian’ than they realise

Aug 2, 2019 by

by Tom Holland, Premier: Best-selling historian and author Tom Holland responds to the latest British Social Attitudes survey which shows declining Christianity and rising atheism The success of Christianity, the most influential framework for making sense of human existence that has ever existed, has always depended on people who tend not to feature in history books. It was not in churches, or monasteries, or universities that the mass of the Christian people were most influentially shaped....

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