Recommended Read: As Religion Dies in the United States Will it be Replaced by Political Cults?

An article by Andrew Sullivan in New York magazine leads to this brief post. The question that needs to be asked is if religion declines or dies in the United States will it be replaced by political cults?  The infusion of religion and politics.

“Religion is an attempt to find meaning in events, not a theory that tries to explain the universe.”

John Gray

“If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

John 12:47 NIV

Scene from the Marine Corps Museum in Quantico, Virginia on the Korean War. You can see  the political image of Joseph Stalin.

Andrew Sullivan wrote an interesting column for New York Magazine. The article explores the decline of religion in the United States and asks the question if the end result will be the rise of political cults. After all everyone has a religion, which is a practice and not a theory. Even atheists have a religion even while they are opposed to it. In the article Sullivan examines some of the philosophical points by Sam Harris, John Gray and the late Christopher Hitchens and Bertrand Russell. In order for democracy to work does it require some semblance of religion to function? After all if you draw upon your faith then you get sustained from that. But what happens when that gives way? Do people then turn to politics and create political cults? People still have a need for meaning and humans are a species that needs answers.  This is an interesting article that I wanted to grab. Its called, “America’s New Religions.”

4 thoughts on “Recommended Read: As Religion Dies in the United States Will it be Replaced by Political Cults?

  1. Much like the denominations of the Christian church who can’t get along, the tribalism and “religious” and slavish devotion to party and cults of personality in our politics viciously divides countrymen who, by and large, share the same ideals.

    Reminds me of an Emo Philips musing:

    “Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, “Don’t do it!” He said, “Nobody loves me.” I said, “God loves you. Do you believe in God?”

    He said, “Yes.” I said, “Are you a Christian or a Jew?” He said, “A Christian.” I said, “Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?” He said, “Protestant.” I said, “Me, too! What franchise?” He said, “Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?” He said, “Northern Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?”

    He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist.” I said, “Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region.” I said, “Me, too!”

    Northern Conservative†Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?” He said, “Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912.” I said, “Die, heretic!” And I pushed him over.”

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