When Faith Is Jettisoned

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The loss of faith in God is followed
by the loss of universal moral principles
and finally by the loss of all that binds
man to man.

— Christopher Dawson

When Faith is Lost

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Even where the Faith is preserved
men pursue wealth and power inordinately.
Where the Faith is lost they pursue nothing else.

–Hilaire Belloc,
Survivals and New Arrivals

The Unshakable Longing

arton5686-07aa4We are not merely a lost generation . . . Our predicament is much deeper and of much longer duration. Centuries of skepticism, doubt, and contempt have taken their toll. Millions of us across the Western world have been rendered spiritual eunuchs. It’s not that we don’t long for God. The problem is that we’re incapable of consummating the relationship. Faith and grace have been drained from us, leaving only those most primitive of instincts: our obsessions with self and things material. We are a race of accountants counting the grains of sand on our beaches. We are a tribe of technicians, fixing the hands of a clock that counts down the seconds of our lives.

Yet the desire, the longing for God—this remains. No thoughtful human can deny it . . . The desire is real, and it is breaking our hearts. Yet in our incapacity to believe we find ourselves staring, paralyzed, as the love of our lives disappears into the distance.

–David Brog,
In Defense of Faith