Belief Unbound: A Promethean Religion for the Modern World

Belief Unbound: A Promethean Religion for the Modern World

Belief Unbound: A Promethean Religion for the Modern World

Belief Unbound: A Promethean Religion for the Modern World

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That confused and many-sided thing, characterized by Mr. Krutch as "the modern temper," is challenging the old religion; and this challenge is more self-assured, more varied, and in all ways more momentous than any with which religion has been confronted in the past. Every religion, and particularly a great historic faith such as Christianity, is a mixture of physics and ethics, a transcendental or metaphysical physics and an authoritarian and impassioned ethics. And the modern challenge to religion is a twofold thing; it attacks both the religious conception of nature and the religious conception of human values and ideals.

Now I believe that the current attacks upon religion contain much that is metaphysically sound and morally healthy together with much that is fallacious and deplorable. But quite apart from their logical validity the antireligious arguments possess a psychological strength that is due to their profound congruity with modern moods and tempers. It is because of this congruity with the general spirit of the time that the movement against religion is steadily and rapidly increasing in influence. And for perhaps the first time in history we are confronted with the prospect of a complete secularization of the opinions, the practices, and the emotions of mankind. There are of . . .

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