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Secularism vs. Sectarianism in Domestic and International Power Politics

Secularism began as a philosophical reaction against Christianity in the 18th century in Europe. Like the religious rebellion of the 16th century, it had its roots in outrage at the vices of religious and royal officials. And, like its earlier religious counterpart, it began to invent and to live by its own rules. As a movement, therefore, it exhibited all of the tendencies of moral and cultural drift that all major cultural movements and even civilizations have displayed throughout human history.

The Age of Moral Confusion (Part II): moral drift

I have offered simple orbital mechanics, and the earth/sun "system", as a metaphor for the importance of the connection between the unitive and procreative aspects of the marital act. I would like to suggest another metaphor to help us understand and appreciate the notion of "moral drift" in the absence of divine replenishment. In analogy with the thermodynamic law of entropy (the second law of thermodynamics), I would like to suggest that there is a kind of moral and spiritual equivalent.

The Age of Moral Confusion: How did we get here?

A century ago it could be said that there was a reasonable consensus regarding basic moral questions among Americans and Europeans. Today, that consensus no longer exists, except in isolated pockets or communities. Why the difference?

"Not my will, but thine be done!"

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Jesus knew what the Father had ordained from the beginning of creation. Nevertheless, knowing how horrible his suffering would be, he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane for an alternative! We know, of course, that he was willing to undergo whatever was required. What continues to elude most of us, today, is precisely why what was ordained was also necessary.

Church v. State on the meaning of marriage

Until relatively recent times, marriage has been regarded by most of civilized society in sacred terms.  It is precisely this reverence for the married state that led to a fascinating mix of tacit and explicit terminology and tradition in defining what marriage is in social, legal and even physical terms.  (Add to that the interest of the Church in the nature of marriage and you introduce a sacramental dimension that completes what marriage is in moral and spiritual terms.)

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