What is at stake?

If Christianity is nonsense to you – not merely false, but something that you are largely unable to understand – then what is the consequence of that?

It seems fairly obvious that you will therefore be unable to understand the large bulk of Western culture – the literature, the paintings, the music. It will be boring and tedious, or just odd, or perhaps you will catch a glimpse here and there of what the author meant, but not much more.

If this happens, then barring another culture of equivalent stature replacing the Christian one that you cannot understand, you perforce enter into a cultural dark age.

Yet, there is no replacement culture – none that is Western, anyway – to supplant the cathedral of Christian thought and expression which has grown over the last millennia. The reason is that the new culture – that created in the wake of Christianity – is meagre and generally of very poor quality.

To be unable to understand Christian thought and expression – for it to consist of mere delusion and nonsense – is then to lose a great deal. There is therefore much at stake: either, one must be able to re-interpret Christianity so it starts to make ‘sense’, or one is lost in a dark age. It follows that most intellectuals nowadays are in a cultural dark age.

3 thoughts on “What is at stake?

  1. Bruce Charlton

    Agreed. All this is exacerbated by the way that Christianity s perceived, presented, and appears in the public domain almost-exclusively as a set of purely moral laws – Christian laws which are evaluated against secular laws using a loose and simple utilitarianism.

    Christianity then stands or falls on the basis of whether it makes people happier now, or suffer less now (or, more exactly, its effect on designated victim groups).

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