Pat Buchanan has a new book with crazy leaking off every page.
When the faith dies, the culture dies, the civilization dies, the people die. That is the progression.
Yes, however would we get by without church (though the atheists on #ChurchTweet seem to be doing just fine)? Show me one point in history where that has been the progression. As it has been immortalized on tshirts (the delegate of true wisdom): religion had its time with contested power and it was called ‘The Dark Ages’ for a very good reason.
And you know what, it isn’t even Buchanan that depresses me. He’s one loon on a soap box. What depresses me is the sizable portion of the population that has proven incapable of making that elementary observation. It also depresses me that religious faith, the force that empowers the loon by removing our standard array of checks against gullibility, is not dying nearly fast enough.