Bible-believing Christians are convinced that morality and values are rooted in religion. A society may enjoy the fruit of civilized mores for a while after the root of religious commitment is cut, but in time the fruit will wither away.
The enemy that insidiously gnaws at the religious root is secularization. To gain objectivity in defining this problem, let me go outside the realm of evangelical faith to consult Bernard Eugene Meland, distinguished professor at the University of Chicago. In The Realities of Faith: The Revolution in Cultural Forms (Oxford, 1962), Meland observes:
“A full account of the evolving cultural experience of the west would reveal the Bible to be the primary document of western culture … The Bible, and its tradition, has a priority in our cultural experience which no other document shares; it cannot be dissolved or denied without serious loss and possible radical dissolution of the controlling sensibilities of our common life” (p. 45).
Later in the book he says this about secularization:
“In defining secularization as a pathology in the social process affecting taste and judgment, following from a truncation of human experience in which ideal and spiritual values are disregarded or denied to man, one is not so apt to interpret its meaning within a single point of view or philosophy. Instead one will see that it is a condition and response within human existence which disregards all intrinsic meaning as this applies to man, and thus deprives him of dignity and of a personal destiny. So defined, the term secularization can have meaning to Christian and non-Christian alike as a threat to man’s spiritual life” (p. 63).
Has this pathology taken control of the public school? Michael B. McMahon, writing in ...1
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