Is secularism as positive construct? The reason I ask this question is because religious liberals (at least political ones) demand that the expression of personal religious faith be exercised without affecting public policy. For example, one may personally be pro-life, but politically pro-choice as a means to guard against any religious liberty that is expressed outside mainline secular, moral order (as defined by influential law professor Kathleen Sullivan). The cultural elite within Western society demand a culture of death where women are given absolute sovereignty over their bodies without conscience or regard for the liberties of their unborn child. This means that the secular, moral order of the day is a morality that values no restraint on human liberty as long as those choices are exercised within the acceptable boundaries of secular culture.

Before we can make a valid critique of the merits of secularism we have to first ask what it is. Al Mohler, in his recent book Culture Shift, has done a masterful job tackling this issue. What we need to understand is that, by its very nature, secularism is hostile to religious liberty. By its very nature, something is secular only when it denies the existence of God. This means that liberals who espouse private religious beliefs but operate from a worldview that does not incorporate those religious beliefs into their secular worldview are actually living in denial of their alleged religious convictions.

Mohler says:

One cannot be genuinely secular and indiffernet to the existence of GOd, because if God did exist, that would bring immediate demands upon society – obligations and prohibitions that society would not be able to simply ignore without admittign that it is only tacitly or opertationally secular. A truly secular state must altogether deny the existence of God.

The reason understanding this is so critical is that belief in God answers fundamental questions about life and purpose. These are the same questions that the secularist state is trying to answer, except the secularist has no resource outside of his or her own finite logic on which to come to conclusions about morality.

Everyone within Western culture has been influenced by human secularism. The question isn’t one of influence. The question today is whether or not secularism will be our master or whether or not humanity will capitulate to the demands and expectations of the divine Creator as we legislate and practice morality within our culture.

Advertisements