… For they know not what they do.
How many of our secular interlocutors have really heard the Gospel? Very few, I wager. If they had really been praught the Gospel, had learned what the Christian religion actually teaches, then they could never think that “if all things need to be caused, what caused God?” was a serious argument. Yet they routinely trot out just such nonsense as if it were absolutely unanswerable. They have no clue that they are not even talking about the same things we are; no clue that they are engaging in mere malapropism.
But this is hardly surprising, given the post-war collapse in Christian philosophical morale. With the very officers and professors of the churches running about for the last few decades demythologizing everything they can lay hands on – a wave of iconoclasm far more radical and dangerous than we have ever seen, that has in many churches overturned even the Creeds and the Scriptures – how could anyone be serious about catechesis, or preaching the Gospel, or evangelizing?
Which leads me to wonder how many even of those who profess and call themselves Christians, raised up by earnest well-meaning modern clerical apostates, have a good grasp of orthodox doctrine. Few indeed, I bet.
This of course explains the popularity of the Social Gospel. If you don’t think Jesus is God, then none of the spiritual work of the church – the stuff that makes it, you know, church – can really matter, can it? Indeed, it must all be just nonsense. No one, then, need worry about such niceties as liturgical form, or fidelity to received texts, traditions and teachings, or anything else touching on the supernatural.
But having gone so far, what is left of the faith, what high and noble aspiration that might motivate men to make a moral commitment to work and sacrifice, but the social ideals of Christianity? How can we blame modern Christians, bereft as they have been of any confidence in the New Jerusalem, if they then turn their zeal toward the establishment of an unattainable this-worldly utopia?
The dystopic result of all attempts at utopia suffices to show that you can’t even have good intentions if you believe that the Good is just a superstition.