Tuesday, July 27, 2010

God Marching on Earth

“One would have to search hard to find a modern social theorist acknowledging that Hegel was right to say that the state is God marching on earth, but at every turn we stumble over those who advocate actions that can be logical inferences only from such a position. For them the state is the only savior we can expect on earth. Salvation is to be found in the messianic state, or it is to be found nowhere. Therefore, the only branch of human endeavor that can save us is politics… We should not make the mistake of thinking that the religious language is purely literary form. The state, for these devotees, is messianic in all its essentials, and their politics are directed toward religious ends. The state will provide for us whatever prosperity could not, because it has replaced God. In the hands of theologians of political redemption, therefore, the state is an idol.” (Herbert Schlossberg, Idols for Destruction, p. 178-179).

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