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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Impact of Religion on Social Stability

Let me note that in the United States at least, "Religion" usually means "Christianity" - or a religion that has inevitably been heavily influenced by the moral values of traditional Christianity so that it can fit into American society.

So it's very significant that the Heritage Foundation has recently published this paper entitled Why Religion Matters Even More: The Impact of Religious Practice on Social Stability By Patrick F. Fagan

Despite the ignorant special pleading of self-avowed atheists (like Richard Dawkins) and those who glorify their own debauchery (like Elton John) that religion is the problem, following Jesus Christ is in fact the solution to our ills. Servants of Christ knew that already, but here's some more empirical proof.

Why won't this paper have much impact?

Because there is no longer a common definition of what is "good" and "right".

We got in this mess, to quote Eugene Peterson's version of Romans 1:18-25 called the "Message" because...

People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat him like God, refusing to worship him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in his hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand.

God said, in effect, "If that's what you want, that's what you get." It wasn't long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them.
When there's no common definition of "God" or "good" or "bad" (a classical case of Postmoderism being so profoundly wise in its own eyes it has become stupid. But without the grace of God we prefer our stupidity to the initially painful act of repentance), there will never be any agreement about a way forward in families, denominations or societies.