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God, materialism and doubts

Now the basis of Christianity as well as of Democracy is, that a man is sacred.

I began at an early age, like everybody else who has gone through the ordinary curriculum of a public school education, by doubting the existence of God, and being a Materialist. 12 more words


Chains, fetters, and a sword

We come back to the same tireless note touching the nature of Christianity; all modern philosophies are chains which connect and fetter; Christianity is a sword which separates and sets free. 106 more words


When materialists get muddled

I will say that the cross of materialism is that it never quite succeeds in believing what it preaches, in thinking its own thought. This may sound complicated, but is in fact simple: the materialist says, for example, that we are not free, though he is convinced, of course, that he asserts this freely, that no one is forcing him to state this view of the matter — neither parents, not social milieu, nor biological inheritance. 140 more words


A secularized culture is a corpse

Our culture has failed precisely because it is a secular culture. A secular culture is a culture reduced to thing and function. Typically, at the outset, people are delighted to find themselves living in such a culture. 230 more words


Confining critics to a stereotype

One by one the great prophets of materialism have been shown to be false prophets and have fallen aside. Marx and Freud have lost their scientific standing. 119 more words


The extreme faith of naturalists

If you can believe in pure nature,
I suppose you can believe anything.

–David Bentley Hart


Not quick to condemn

Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: for it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice and mediocrity and materialism and sensuality and selfishness that have killed his faith.

Thomas Merton.
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