Culture and the Death of God
Well instead of talking about which of the many conspiracies is at work (today this Sunday) to destroy organised Voodoo, why not enjoy the slightly more intelligent and thoughtful reflections of Terry Eagleton on culture and the death of God this fine Sunday as an alternative?
Eagleton is a literary critic and is both a sometime Marxist and a Catholic – but of those two options he is by far a Catholic.
Still whatever the possible errors and omissions of Eagleton’s thought on culture and the death of God, I would suggest reasonable people must forgive him - we can’t all be obsessed about the burning issues of the day such as the corruption (by gays as a proxy for the J-lizards) of the boy scouts of America now can we?
Obviously Eagleton – being someone with an IQ in three figures - will be a little scary for the typical MR denizen but honestly he really doesn’t possess ‘mind-control’ powers.
Oh and Eagleton isn’t too keen on liberalism in case anyone thinks that Mill and Marx are the same ‘thing’.
Every social-order – including non-Voodoo ones - has some form of moral-order. Even that old favourite of philosophers the ‘rational immoralist’ is actually making some type of normative claim.
Evolution by natural selection gave human beings moral capabilities, empathy, imaginative sympathy etc., because they are adaptive (in some way) under certain bounded conditions. Those capacities and capabilities are not a gift from the supernatural ether or a Nobodaddy. The question has always been what type of moral-order, what type of social-order, and what types of human flourishing, virtues, relationships and communal values should be normative? And, of course, the relationship between particularity and universalism in the expression of such values.
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