Ross Douthat recently published an op-ed in the New York Times titled “The Return of Paganism.” He argues that maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for America, one that mixes pantheism with civic religion. Bishop Barron and Brandon Vogt discuss the article. A listener asks why God needed a second coming of Christ and couldn’t have accomplished everything during his first coming.

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  1. Greg Griffith Jan 30, 2019

    RE: The Return of Paganism
    Maybe there actually is a genuinely post-Christian future for America.

    First part of the podcast is a nice report on the January 2019 Bishops’ retreat in Mundelein, IL.

    The religious impulse never goes away. Using a paraphrase of Augustine: Human beings are “wired” for God.

    Quoting GK Chesterton’s line: “When you stop believing in God, you don’t believe in nothing. You believe in anything.”

    Ross Douthat: …there is a tradition of intellectual and aesthetic pantheism that includes figures like Spinoza, Nietzsche, Emerson and Whitman, and that’s manifest in certain highbrow spiritual-but-not-religious writers today…there is a civic religion that like the civic paganism of old makes religious and political duties identical, and treats the city of man as the city of God (or the gods), the place where we make heaven ourselves instead of waiting for the next life or the apocalypse.

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