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.”
“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.”