My Secularism, Unraveling

Ask a politician why you shouldn’t go around killing and feasting on your neighbors, and chances are you’ll get a profession of faith along the lines of what the young John Conner said to the Terminator: “You just can’t; trust me on this.” Nobody waits until they’ve found Descartes’ cogito or Kant’s categorical imperative or some other original rational foundation before they debate and exercise power in the political sphere. So even if you can philosophize to first principles, no one does this as a prerequisite for political participation. Secularism may succeed at separating church and state, but there’s no divorcing reason and belief. These latter two are bound insolubly.

via My Secularism, Unraveling — The League of Ordinary Gentlemen.


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