Published within months of each other, three books share the belief that traditional Christians are a moral minority.
Typical excellence from First Things, though this a sobering article, more than an encouraging one. Yet it is important to know where we stand, to be fully aware of the scope of the task ahead of us. And the task is large! Complex, as well. As this article notes,
“Politics will not save us. What is first of all necessary is to rebuild a culture in disarray. Compared with recovering the basic requirements of virtuous civilization — healthy communities, flourishing family life, sound education, a deep reservoir of cultural memory and practice, and formative religious faith — remaking the Supreme Court is a cinch. Philosophers who have described culture as the first requirement of a healthy civilization, from Plato to Burke to Tocqueville, have generally believed that the most one can consciously strive to achieve is preservation of a healthy culture, should one be fortunate enough to possess one. Once a culture is corrupted from within, however, they saw little hope of reversing its decay.”
Deneen further notes that despite some successes for political conservatives, over the last 30 to 40 years, the culture has changed, and not in a traditional direction: “For nearly thirty years, conservatives have triumphed politically amid a catastrophic breakdown of social and cultural norms, especially those that foster an ethic of self-sacrifice, commonweal, and practices that inculcate duty, discipline, respect, civility, and obedience.” In other words, the cultural corruption, the decay, is already deep-seated.