Tom Gilson

The Power of the Ancient Heritage

Combine the egalitarian politics, easy morals, and relative affluence and social stability of recent decades, and few people in the modern secular world are looking for a Lord or Savior in a sense the ancients and medievals would have understood. Add to that the fact that “Jesus is Lord!” has become the expression of a therapeutic, emotionalistic religiosity conveyed through mass-produced T-shirts, bumper stickers, and bad music, and the whole idea is bound to the modern secularist to seem unintelligible and repulsively tacky. (Scratch a New Atheist and you’ll often find that this is the kind of stuff he’s reacting against, and all he’s ever known of Christianity.)

So that’s part of the problem. But that can be remedied if proponents of a muscular and intellectually rigorous form of Christianity — that is to say, of Christianity simpliciter, as it existed historically — rediscover their ancient heritage.

[From Edward Feser: Point of contact]

And from elsewhere in the same blog post:

As they say, read the whole thing.

I cannot agree with all he says about Protestantism, certainly, but it’s all worth thinking through.


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