Giorgio Roversi – The Amorality of Atheism – Excerpt
An excerpt from the last book:
The amorality of atheism
Paperback: Independent, 2019
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The state cannot be outrageous, as it may sound to secular, politically correct ears, neutral, impartial and indifferent to any belief because the moral values that support society and its institutions are rooted in religious belief. Ernst-Wolfgang Böckenförde admitted: "The liberal secular state lives in premises that it cannot guarantee itself". The state cannot be "neutral", but it must recognize and defend its transcendent, religious premise, which is Christianity in Western society. The striving for an absolute separation of government and religion – as our atheist claims – is not a fundamental principle of our society. It is the secularistic delusion of our time.
This naturally has a consequence. Contrary to our atheist's assertion that "religion should be a private matter and should not influence public order", religion as the basis of culture and moral values is and will not be just a private matter. If religion is the basis of morality, it is absurd to claim that religion is not and cannot be a political and social factor. At the root of every political, economic, social argument is a theological argument. Politics and business are an expression of the cultural and thus religious substrate of society. The rejection of the role of religion in the public place is based on the fact that it is not understood and / or recognized why religion plays such a role.
Does the recognition of the role of Christianity as the ultimate source of moral principles inevitably lead to a theocratic regime that does not respect other beliefs or a lack of faith? “The answer is no. For the simple reason that the distinction between temporal and spiritual forces is itself a product of Christianity, not of secularism. Moral nothing cannot create anything, not even this distinction.
Interestingly, our atheist uses an expression that is alien to Christian teaching and tradition to illustrate a political system that lacks the distinction between religion and politics: the “Sharia law”. Islam is a political system in which religion and state coincide. It is not Christianity. Comments from Dinesh D’Souza:
For centuries, the kings and the Church fought over how to draw the legitimate dividing line between the two spheres, but both sides agreed that there was a dividing line.
The reason for this uniqueness is the Christian faith itself, which is not primarily a law revealed by God that can be mechanically translated into civil law, but it is God Himself, the reason of the law that becomes flesh and not as such can be identified with the law law of the state. The heterogeneity between meat and civil law has created the distinction between political and spiritual spheres. This extraordinary and completely new theological concept has shaped Western societies to this day.
Secularism, on the other hand, is a moral vacuum, and to say that we can lay the foundations of our society, any society, on this vacuum is nonsense. The moral principles that atheists take for granted do not arise from secularism, but from the religious tradition to which they consciously or unconsciously belong. Daniel P. Moloney defines this position as "moral parasitism":
When atheists reject the religion in which they grew up, they tend to maintain morality while rejecting their theological foundation. Their ethical behavior is then derived and parasitic and borrows its conscience from a culture steeped in religion; it cannot survive if the surrounding religious culture is not maintained. In short, morality as we know it cannot be maintained without the Judeo-Christian religion.
The alleged “secular” values that atheists care about are actually borrowed Christian values. Our society respects every creed or lack thereof, not because it includes an illusory, non-existent worldly morality, but because it is rooted in the Christian faith. Christopher Dawson noted: "We can only understand the inner form of a society if we understand its religion." Because moral values are always a religious product and western moral values are a product of Christianity. Our values, which we believe have a value that goes beyond our self-interest, are based on religious belief or are not founded at all.