Dreher: To survive, a nation must believe in the transcendent

September 24, 2013 by History in a Hurry

Secular Society Cannot Exist

By ROD DREHER • September 23, 2013, 11:39 AM

So says Rémi Brague, one of the leading Catholic theologians of Europe. It’s behind the subscriber paywall of First Things, but the opportunity to read essays like this is a good reason to subscribe. To summarize, Brague says that modern democracy is built around the idea that no one within a democratic society is allowed to stand above others, and that all political discussion must take place within the realm of the secular — that is, without reference to God, or to metaphysics. The problem is that to endure, a society has to reproduce itself. And if a people comes to believe that this present world is all there is, and that there is no purpose built into existence, it becomes very difficult to maintain secular society through time. Here’s Brague:

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