April 5, 2013

It's All About the Reformation

Ron Rittgers, Huffington Post

How has modern western society come to be the way it is -- namely, hyperpluralized? How are we to account historically for the fact that contemporary western society is host to a dizzying array of incompatible truth claims on nearly all matters of ultimate importance? How are we, furthermore, to understand the increasingly fractious and polarized nature of politics, especially in the United States, and the incessant culture wars that afflict this country? Why do we seem to be powerless to curb consumerism and the way it contributes to global climate change? Finally, why is it that the public square of most western democracies is so secular and our public universities have no place for God?

Answer: The Protestant Reformation.

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