“THE CASE FOR RELIGIOUS RESURRECTION?”
My article has been renamed & revised.
It is reposted as a PDF file. Go to the following link: http://jaygaskill.com/Renaissance.pdf
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Jay B. Gaskill
October 25, 2007
The piece now begins as follows:
THE CASE FOR
A 21st CENTURY RELIGIOUS RENAISSANCE
And Why Now Would Be a Good Time
Jay B. Gaskill
In this article, I address the future of religion in this century. Many of my secular friends are dimly aware of the need to shore up the foundations of the ethical systems that support civilization, what I call “the moral infrastructure,” but they remain clueless as how that can actually happen. Frankly, many of the most intelligent minds in this group are even more clueless about the disastrous consequences should that vital task not be accomplished. Having witnessed the breakdown of the moral infrastructure first hand among the criminal population of the Bay Area over the last three decades, I consider myself forewarned.
The march of secularism through the culture is a mixed blessing. The persistent recurrence of violent inter-religious intolerance makes a strong case for secular models of governance. But secular “tolerance” comes at a high price when tolerance-as-ultimate value inevitably mutates into moral indifference. And it is hard not to notice that the very processes and contents of “modernization” are bundled with more and more secular “software”. It seems that with the blessings of science don’t come without baggage. That whole set of attitudes and practices that accompany the benign scientific and technological advances in basic health and food production that developed in the West during the last century comes bundled with an offer we are not to refuse: We are asked to accept science itself as moral authority. But health and food are not science’s only gifts. Science has proven itself to be all too easily misappropriated by tyranny.