Skip to comments.Post-Christian America: Gullible, Intolerant, and Superstitious
Posted on 07/25/2017 6:15:21 PM PDT by DeweyCA
"...Id urge you to read a fascinating article in this Sundays New York Times. It turns out that Americas less religious citizens are far more likely to believe in things such as ghosts and UFOs than people who attend church. The author, psychology professor Clay Routledge, locates this phenomenon in the quest for meaning..."For instance, my colleagues and I recently published a series of studies in the journal Motivation and Emotion demonstrating that the link between low religiosity and belief in advanced alien visitors is at least partly explained by the pursuit of meaning. The less religious participants were, we found, the less they perceived their lives as meaningful. This lack of meaning was associated with a desire to find meaning, which in turn was associated with belief in U.F.O.s and alien visitors."
Ross Douthat has written powerfully about the political consequences of post-Christian conservatism. It turns out that when men and women shed their faith, they dont necessarily get more liberal, but they do get more tribal and vicious.
If theres one abiding consequence of the shallow theologies and simple superstitions of our time, its the inability to endure or make sense of adversity. Its a phenomenon that fractures families, fosters a sense of rage and injustice, and ultimately results in millions of Americans treating problems of the soul with mountains of pharmaceuticals.
Human beings are hard-wired to search for meaning and purpose. As we conduct that search, will our nation and culture continue to value and respect the faith that grants hope of redemption, patience through present suffering, and a means to discern between good and evil? ...The choice isnt between reason and religion. Its all too often between religion and superstition. Post-Christian America will be a less rational place.
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...
Art Bell call your office.
...taugbt in schools...
We Are Finished!
Jung said if you have no belief in God then you constilate the God complex within, you become the highest power for morals. So morals become situational.
If you don’t believe in something, you’ll believe in anything.
"Ross Douthat has written powerfully about the political consequences of post-Christian conservatism. It turns out that when men and women shed their faith, they dont necessarily get more liberal, but they do get more tribal and vicious."
Tribal and vicious is a reference to something the NeverTrumpers were harping on during the election: that Trump and his supporters are "nativists."
French is the chinless weirdo who nearly ran for President to vainly attempt to help Hillary win the election.
This article is a thinly veiled attempt to tell people that Trump supporters are "post-Christian" because they support deportation.
Nevertheless, I suppose there may or may not be some correct observations in his overall message, except for this tribal nonsense. If anything, the less religious people become, the more liberal, and the more globalistic.
..Id urge you to read a fascinating article in this Sundays New York Times
NY Slimes? Pass. More than likely 99 and 44/100ths percent Bullshit.
Better to put the pages in the outhouse where they can be put to a use they qualify for.
Here’s the wikipedia introduction to Victor Frankl’s book on the subject:
Man’s Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as an Auschwitz concentration camp inmate during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positively about, and then immersively imagining that outcome. According to Frankl, the way a prisoner imagined the future affected his longevity. The book intends to answer the question “How was everyday life in a concentration camp reflected in the mind of the average prisoner?” Part One constitutes Frankl’s analysis of his experiences in the concentration camps, while Part Two introduces his ideas of meaning and his theory called logotherapy.
According to a survey conducted by the Book-of-the-Month Club and the Library of Congress, Man’s Search For Meaning belongs to a list of “the ten most influential books in the United States.” At the time of the author’s death in 1997, the book had sold over 10 million copies and had been translated into 24 languages.
This is a fantastic book. It should be required reading in our schools. That wikipedia introduction isn’t very good and doesn’t do the book justice, but that was what was available.
The author states it as mankind “wants” to have meaning and purpose in life. Frankl says it is more than that. Humans NEED purpose.
The modern welfare state completely fails humanity. By just giving out free stuff, the government robs people of their purpose, steals all meaning from the lives, and condemns people to a sorry, unhappy existence. Without struggle and a little bit of hardship people are guaranteed to be unhappy. This is alluded to in the book of Genesis when Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden. They were now required to work the land to provide for themselves. This is how it must be.
A Post-Christian America will happen 1 nanosecond after the Rapture!
The irony with this one is thick, since if one asked an urban elitist, “Where are you most likely to find someone who is gullible, intolerant, and superstitious,” they would almost certainly guess a red state or “unsophisticated” rural area.
Guess the joke’s on them.
There's nothing wrong with viciousness and name calling where appropriate. It's been cool since Ann Coulter and Michael Savage. That said, when French uses the word "tribalistic" and applies it to conservatives, he is referring to immigration. He is not referring to mere nastiness, though he might also be doing that since he is basically a low-T sissy without a chin.
Chesterton called this one a long time ago. Rodney Stark of Baylor also showed this to be the case about (IIRC) a decade ago, when a study his students carried out showed that lack of religious belief and belief in weird stuff were positively correlated.
Yep, history goes on, the problems mankind faces may change, but the answer is still Jesus.
We are in the End Times and the Great Falling Away has begun. Maranatha.
You are so right! Bears repeating:
“This is a fantastic book. It should be required reading in our schools.”
HST, one must be inquisitive about one’s life in order to assimilate and appreciate Dr. Frankl’s conclusion that humans NEED purpose.
As a general question, I wonder how many purposeless people have y’all have encountered in your passage through this life?
Bet they were not grounded in a Judeo-Christian upbringing.
To me, this gets right to the heart of everything that is wrong with liberalism. Liberals don't recognize this need. A Christian upbringing is a de-facto admission of there being more to life than just hanging around for 80 years.
As for encountering purposeless people:
I think most people eventually get it right, but it takes some a lot longer than others. This is where our education system is failing. It would be much easier if the schools explained all of this to the kids who don't learn at home, rather than making them spend 10 to 20 years of their adult lives trying to figure this out.
Davis French has been so unrelentingly foul and nasty re: Trump that he is in no position to speak on the morality of any other Americans.