For two-hundred-plus years, Western culture (especially America) has been shaped by the Judeo-Christian worldview. Not all citizens of the West were orthodox Christians nor were Western nation-states theocracies. Yet, the contours of the social and intellectual life of Western culture were largely moralistic and spiritual.
In the last one hundred years things have changed. The West is largely secular and at times anti-religion, especially anti-Judeo-Christian. How did this happen? The process is interesting and revealing.
To explain, let me borrow from Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor and his magisterial work, A Secular Age.
There was a time when it was "impossible not to believe." That is, whether orthodox in their beliefs, most Westerners either held to a robust Judeo-Christian worldview or at least gave some adherence to this perspective. Most social norms of Western culture and law were shaped by this view. It was virtually impossible not to believe in God. Atheists were present, but rare and benign....Read more at CHRISTIAN POST
Friday, January 22, 2016 1:11:00 PM