November 2, 2008

IT'S POLITICS, JAKE:

The danger of seeking heaven on earth (David Warren, November 01, 2008, The Ottawa Citizen

A Christian view of politics, or the religious view more generally, is therefore different in kind from the "agnostic" or "atheist" or "secular liberal" view. To this day the great majority of people living on this continent take a religious view, at least in the moments when they are fully honest and candid with themselves. These moments may only occur as a by-product of stress or grief: when our illusions are stripped away by events, and we are left facing the emptiness out of which all illusions are summoned. It is not true that "there are no atheists in the trenches"; only true that the trenches are where the atheists despair.

In the religious view, which is sometimes indistinguishable from what we now call the "conservative" view (though with a very small "c") politics are merely of this world. We must live in this world, and make the best of it, and we may take considerable latitude in arguing about the best that is achievable.

But for the irreligious -- the people for whom this world is all there is -- politics can easily become everything.


Posted by Orrin Judd at November 2, 2008 8:44 AM
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