Everybody Has Got Religion
Recently I was told of a college student whose view of life accepted anything except religion, which I assumed, of course, included Christianity. His position is a classic example of our culture that has lost touch with reality, one that T. S. Eliot declared over half a century ago had “left God, not for other gods, but for no god at all.”
This is the product of the philosophy of Existentialism which infected the nineteenth and twentieth century world and morphed into Post-modernism in the twenty-first. This philosophy essentially views reality not as created by a Supreme mind, but as a mindless, physical accident. The only reality for the true Existentialist is whatever the individual mind perceives.
In the extreme, understanding of life does not even come from the “thinking” self, but from the “feeling and/or acting” self. Such a philosophy casts off anything that controls one’s own behavior; thus, it is imperative to reject the idea of a Transcendent Moral Authority. If such a philosophy were to infect the whole world, it would be characterized by a no holds barred, winner take all, bloody tooth and claw environment. Taken to its logical extreme all society would degenerate into total chaos, a condition in which no one wants to live, including the Existentialists, Atheists, Humanists, et al. Joseph Schwartz of Marquette University declared that if the world would become a strictly human enterprise, it would end in “dung and death.”
The position of the student referred to above is totally illogical and hostile to his own belief system. He does not recognize that he cannot live without religion. No one can.
The world likes to make a line of demarcation between religion and non-religion, but no such line exists. Atheism is as much a religion as Theism.
The major difference is that theism is supported by evidence.
Everyone has a religion; that is, a belief system. Some have a god-centered belief system and some do not, but everyone has a belief system.
People largely make a distinction between religion and philosophy, but they are the same thing.
Religion is, generally speaking, theistic centered philosophy and philosophy, generally speaking, is non-theistic religion. The more common term used today for how people relate to the world is worldview.
In philosophical circles worldview came from the German word, weltanschauung, which means: a comprehensive conception or image of the universe and of humanity’s relation to it. Everyone has some thought as to how they relate to the universe; of how they view life. It is how they make decisions and form judgments.
Most people do not have a formally developed Weltanschauung, but they have some way of making moral choices.