The Incompatibility of Totalitarianism And Religion
Religion claims to provide a point of reference by which the individual can anchor his attitude towards external circumstances. Belief in such a point of reference supplies him with the confidence necessary to execute judgement and make decisions in the world. This appears to explain, at least partly, why totalitarianism has generally looked with contempt upon anyone who dares express reverence for a higher power. If man depends on and submits to a transcendent authority, then he will undoubtedly seek to avoid becoming subject to the whims of any “worldly” one (i.e, a government or State).
The Death of Western Culture
That said, the West is gradually becoming more secular and our cultural heritage is slowly disappearing. Why? Perhaps because we have not regarded it with the gratitude it demands. Even worse, many are degrading it, either unknowingly through carelessness or intentionally with enmity and disgust. The result of such damage has been not surprisingly predictable. Mass Ideologically motivated movements have emerged in a comparatively short interval of time, invariably encouraging us to fasten our gaze and stamina on some purported outward enemy rather than the one within. Politicians are incessantly trying to cajole us into furnishing them with more power, ultimately reducing the limits of the domain in which the individual is free to conduct himself. All this reeks of disintegration.
Concerning Social Change
However, in order to steer clear of sounding reactionary, what about necessary social “change?” Austrian thinker Friedrich Hayek reminds us that “all valid criticism or improvement of rules of conduct must proceed within a given system of such rules.” (1.) Here, social transformation occurs on the basis of an already existing abstract order. The common mistake in the present climate is to overlook or even disregard this fact. Consequently, many contemporary political movements are generating much more upheaval than they are anything else.
Dylan Shetler is a freelancing writer and Christian apologist. You can follow him on Twitter @shetler_dylan