...Since the eighteenth century, the West has been busy building
neo-Babel. We’ve dispensed with the effort to connect heaven and earth,
since up above it’s only galaxies. But we share the other aspirations of
Babel, as well as Babel’s humanist orientation. Classes and ethnicities
can be synchronized, we think, without divine assistance. No need for a
Holy Spirit to baptize into one body. We can create a universal
language without the gift of tongues. The family resemblance between
liberal virtues and the fruits of the Spirit is not an accident. It’s a
heresy worthy of Flannery O’Connor...
...The experiment has gone relatively well for some time, but the
project is fraying. To many among our elites, Enlightenment universalism
has been unmasked as nothing more than an effete form of tribalism.
Secular defenses of liberal tolerance collapse into incoherence. And
alongside these theoretical challenges is the immense practical problem
of harmonizing the spirits of the myriad subcultures that occupy the
West. I don’t need to repeat the litany of multicultural challenges yet
again. Everyone knows that it’s an open question whether we have the
intellectual and moral resources to sustain the experiment in secular
Pentecostalism much longer. Like other Babels, this one will eventually
crumble and its denizens will scatter....
That "incoherence" can be seen in the laws and regulations of the Secular (Babylonian) State, which attempt to re-create Christianity without bothering to acknowledge Original Sin.
It won't work.
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