Thursday, August 27, 2009

You Are What You Worship

"Bloodthirsty gods produce bloodthirsty people. If someone thinks that chance rules the universe, his actions are likely to appear random. If people increasingly think that malevolence rules, as do the growing legion of Satan-worshipers, we can expect more human sacrifice. If there is a decline in the number of people who believe that God is love, we can expect fewer who think that actions of love are moral imperatives. For any individual or society, therefore, the religious questions are the ultimate ones that govern human conduct, whether they believe it or not. That is what lies behind Butterfield's conclusion that for two thousand years ordinary Christian piety has made an enormous difference in Western society, one that the historians, by and large, have missed entirely. The daily preaching of love and humility as virtues have made the moral landscape immeasurably different than it would have been otherwise, and we are now beginning to find out what life would have been like without it." Herbert Schlossberg Idols For Destruction page 295-296

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