Category: How Should We Then Live?
Overwhelming pressures are being brought to bear on people who have no absolutes, but only have the impoverished values of personal peace and prosperity. The pressures are progressively preparing modern people to accept a manipulative, authoritarian government.
Manipulation and the New Elite
As we consider the coming of an elite, an authoritarian state, to fill the vacuum left by the loss of Christian principles, we must not think naively of the models of Stalin and Hitler. We must think rather of a manipulative authoritarian government.
As the more Christian-dominated consensus weakened, the majority of people adopted two impoverished values: personal peace and affluence.
Modern Art, Music, Literature, and Films
For modern people, as they leap into the area of non-reason to try to find optimism without reason, not only are there no human or moral categories but there is no certainty, no categories upon which to distinguish between reality and illusion.
Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology
“Downstairs” in the area of humanistic reason, man is a machine, man is meaningless. There are no values. And “upstairs” optimism about meaning and values is totally separated from reason.
The Breakdown in Philosophy and Science
Modern man is a man of dichotomy. The dichotomy here is the total separation between the area of meaning and values, and the area of reason.
The Rise of Modern Science
Christianity is the mother of modern science because it insists that the God who created the universe has revealed himself in the Bible to be the kind of God he is.
Here was a man starting from himself absolutely. And if the humanistic elements of the Renaissance stand in sharp contrast to the Reformation, the Enlightenment was in total antithesis to it.
The Reformation Continued
What the Reformation’s return to biblical teaching gave society was the opportunity for tremendous freedom, but without chaos.