If Christians were as patronizing as their contemporary critics often are, they might decide not to disturb the warm blanket of comfort in which many non-believers wrap themselves. But, alas, there's too much at stake for that kind of indifference. Our children and grandchildren will have to live in the world that is being shaped in large measure by these reductionists. And, anyway, sooner or later the exigencies of life shatter our comforting myths, even and especially our comforting agnostic ones.
As the poet Philip Larkin put it: "What remains when disbelief is gone?"
The great French theologian, Henri de Lubac, has an answer, one worth keeping in mind when thinking about the issue I raised in the earlier post about the new Quetzalcoatl sculpture in San Francisco. De Lubac writes:
As soon as man ceases to be in contact with great mystical or religious forces, does he not inevitably come under the yoke of a harsher and blinder force, which leads him to perdition? It is what Vico called the age of ‘deliberate barbarism’, and that is the age in which we live.The Drama of Atheistic Humanism, p. 90.