“The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics and the Modern West,” by Professor Mark Lilla of Coilumbia University is to be published next month but the points he raises therein should have been in mainstream consciousness years ago.
The essay from yesterday’s New York Times begins with “The twilight of the idols has been postponed.” That in itself was enough to grab my attention and hold it — through an eleven page article divided into seven sections. It is a long, long trek for some modern readers (though likely not for regular consumers of the NYTimes) but the points raised therein are so critically important to us in the contemporary West that they bear repeating and examination here, section by section. What is at work in this piece (and thus, in the book as a whole) is nothing less than the horns of the very dilemma upon which western society and humanity as a whole is perched.
I urge you to read the entire article or, if it’s too much at one bite, at least read through each section as we’re examining them. metaphorsforlife.com