Liberals Endanger the Synthesis of Faith and Reason

Modern liberalism’s attempt to define the “good” of man without reference to the God who determined it can only end in tragedy.

By George Neumayr at The American Spectator:

Modern liberals often present themselves as the champions of “science” and “reason,” even as the positions they take grow increasingly fantastical. To sustain those positions, they reject science and reason in favor of pure ideology. They can stare at a sonogram and deny that it shows a human life. They can stare at a biological male and call him a woman.

The defense of reason these days comes not from the citadels of modern liberalism but from religion. What G. K. Chesterton called “the modern and morbid habit of always sacrificing the normal to the abnormal” has become a ubiquitous feature of Western culture. The last holdouts against this trend are the religious, who insist on rational norms.

The subjectivism to which modern liberalism is drawn defies rational norms. It celebrates denials of reality and dignifies those denials with the name of freedom. Anthony Kennedy, the former Supreme Court justice, once mused, “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” That’s modern liberalism in a nutshell. It rests not on reality but subjective fantasies and willful redefinitions.

CNN recently pronounced that it is “not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and for some people, the sex listed on their original birth certificate is a misleading way of describing the body they have.” This is what passes for science at CNN.

Of course, modern liberalism doesn’t treat everything as fluid and malleable. On questions of sexuality, for example, it usually insists on the immutability of sexual orientation. It simultaneously holds that a person’s sex can change but the person’s sexuality cannot.

We often hear about the dangers of faith without reason. But little is said about the dangers of “reason” without faith. From that divorce has come some very odd offspring. The ideology of transgenderism is one of them. Its treatment of biological sex as a fiction is a profound threat to human life. That view has given rise to a culture of mutilation. The same secularists who express horror at the mutilations that take place in the Islamic world don’t hesitate to sanction the mutilations involved in reassignment surgeries. Secularism can be as warped as superstition. Both breed irrationalities of their own.

The Judeo-Christian West sought to harmonize faith and reason, recognizing that God gave man a mind with which to understand the created order. But now we are told that no such order exists and that something as basic as biological sex is a mere illusion. This view is advanced, ironically enough, by those who hector others for not “respecting nature.” They seek to preserve nature but not human nature. They go to great lengths to protect rainforests but not children. As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has pointed out, the ecological Left possesses no “ecology of man.” It treats disrespecting human nature as the height of human freedom.

But modern liberalism’s attempt to define the “good” of man without reference to the God who determined it can only end in tragedy. The terminus of its nihilistic view of human nature is not a culture of self-improvement but a culture of self-harm. The self-destructiveness that transgenderism encourages is bound to culminate in higher and higher rates of suicide. What would once have been considered child abuse is now presented to confused children as liberation. But it is not, as evident in the mental problems that accompany the use of puberty blockers and the like. An irreligious age is proving a very irrational one, with children used as the first guinea pigs in its experiments against common sense.

Where can we look for the restoration of sanity? Not to the self-styled “rationalist” academics, scientists, or politicians. They are all too willing to plunge even deeper into nihilism. We have seen in recent days that even some supposedly conservative Republicans won’t buck the tide of transgenderism. For the vindication of common sense, we must look to the religious. As Chesterton predicted, a culture that thinks and acts as if God does not exist would end up permitting everything and believing anything, no matter how absurd.

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, says the Bible. Such delusion leads to despair. Modern liberalism, for all of its rhetoric of progressive uplift, is desperately restless, always looking for new limits to trespass. Nothing can satisfy it. Its illusion of unfettered “reason,” independent of God’s design, has led not to new horizons of happiness but to new and some old forms of misery. The greatest civilizational hope lies not in faith devoid of reason or reason hostile to faith but in a revived synthesis of the two.


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1 Response to Liberals Endanger the Synthesis of Faith and Reason

  1. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
    Truth; “Modern liberalism’s attempt to define the “good” of man without reference to the God who determined it can only end in tragedy.”

    Liberalism is a form of being mentally deranged! Dr. Michael Savage had said on radio and in his books that, “Liberalism is a mental disorder.” I can see plainly that these people in this hell-bent category who now promote such illogical and destructive thought and behavior as Transgenderism are promoting Transgression against God Almighty; making them to me the stupidest or most arrogant people walking around on this planet. Much of their behavior is based purely on rebelliousness and not wanting to accept the reality of their being an order to the universe, and a carefully conceptualized one; which only proves that the higher power or Creator exists and is the Authority on all things; not us humans! Who in this case the renegade liberals, think they can protest anything they want and then dictate to the world that they are right about whatever they want to be right about, just because they say so; even when they are totally wrong and don’t have a clue what they are talking about! Time to wake up for so many are running rampant and amuck!
    No doubt about it! “Modern liberalism’s attempt to define the “good” of man without reference to the God who determined it can only end in tragedy.”

    Just remember this that those of us who believe in God and know Him through our faith and the actual Holy Scriptures given to mankind directly from God, know the truth in this matter, and are aware that Satan will use the liberals for his evil designs to ensnare and trap as many foolish and lost persons as he can to bring them to ruin and damnation! I’ve met some extreme liberals over the years who I had no doubt were demonically influenced and in a few cases it was completely obvious to me they were possessed by actual demons, which is becoming very prevalent these days throughout society, and we can see clear evidence of this in our political arena! Make no mistake about this that diabolical forces are running at a fever pitch these days and many liberals are a primary tool or conduit for Satan to project and spread his lies and nefarious designs!

    I’ve personally dealt with liberals who will rant to no end about protecting or saving cats and dogs or other animals which I actually love too; from mankind, but, they absolutely won’t talk to me one bit about the horror and evil of abortion and basically deny it as anything bad or even sad, because to them it’s just a simple matter of a woman’s choice to control her own body and reproduction capability! I find it’s like talking to a brick wall, trying to get such people to see the simple facts and truth in this to me obvious transgression against God’s order and will in these matters.

    I’ve quoted Einstein in the past, and not that he was any theologian or expert in the realm of religion, but then because he wasn’t; and yet because we know he was the father of theoretical physics and could see the physical plane of reality in a much deeper way than most people. This is why along with his proven humility and genuine appreciation of the absolute miracle of existence, that I do indeed find his perspective refreshing; in that being a great man of science he wasn’t straying from the many obvious factors of our existence like some other scientists do; probably because some of them are also liberals to the point where they deny even the possibility of God and are devout atheists! Einstein was not any such sort of scientist, and here I quote what he said that pertains to God’s existence, religion and plan.

    “The most beautiful and most profound experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of all true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. To know that what is impenetrable to us really exists, manifesting itself as the highest wisdom and the most radiant beauty which our dull faculties can comprehend only in their primitive forms – this knowledge, this feeling is at the centre of true religiousness.”
    -Albert Einstein – “The Merging of Spirit and Science”

    He also said while having a conversation with other physicists regarding the Big Bang Theory and origin of the universe; when one of the physicists was explaining that he extrapolated that in the Pre-Big Bang, how in that realm there were enough random events occurring simultaneously, which meant that the right combination had to come about at some point mathematically speaking and in the millisecond before the Universe came about; that is what surely must have happened! To which Einstein said, “God doesn’t Roll Dice.”

    To me it’s obvious that even this brilliant scientist Einstein could see the absurdity of thinking that we can know so much the way this other scientist would have us believe and yet not see the absolute design by a greater intelligence than our extremely limited one, and how that was definitely behind Big Bang and all that exists! For Einstein could see the illogical absurdity of such thinking, when it’s actually easy to see the intricate design of all things, and the impossibility of so much order and well defined intricacies to just suddenly, randomly, fall into place like magic; or perhaps liberalism; where a thing is what it is, “because someone just says so!”

    God bless.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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