The nation that will insist on drawing a line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find his fighting done by fools and his thinking done by cowards.

William Francis Butler

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Since the Enlightenment we have seen the public presence of atheism in the form of exclusive humanism, the cornerstone of secularism – itself an engine of godlessness.

In a world where hostility is not rare secularism and its godlessness come at great risk and high price.  You see courage comes from faith and it expresses the hope and belief of faith.  In contrast secularism and exclusive humanism replace the Truth of the Gospels with the untruth of “political correctness.”  Yes, in secularism fools and cowards multiply.

Why is this so?

As we saw in Romanticism’s reaction of humanism – those who are humanists are weighted toward reason to the exclusion of the role of emotion and feeling in the human person.  Secularism ignores the full person.  Doing so – fools and cowards multiple – hence, we “lead” from behind, we favor “soft power,” and danger grows along with those who wish us ill.

Nietzsche and others saw the weakness of the “reasoned” person and also of egalitarianism, and pity, and the phony display of “I feel your pain” benevolence that merely excused people from feeling for those who suffer, and often gave pass to ignore loathsome conduct that produces of gun deaths in Chicago, the open drug trade in Baltimore and the like.

Secularism simply lacks the courage to live in Truth and tackle hard problems always present in human society.

Yes, political “correctness” is not the Gospels.  And, yes – fools and cowards dig for us a deep hole.

A man that flies from his fear may find … he has only taken a short cut to meet it.

J.R.R. Tolkein, in The Children of Hurin

I have a feeling that this coming November election is about some very fundamental issues of belief and human existence.  This may be our Brexit.

Shalom. 

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