“The desire to be liberated from the constraints of Christianity was the original reason for modern liberalism’s embrace of a world defined entirely by materialism—the view that there are no immaterial entities like God of the soul, but only physical entities. This embrace of materialism began as far back as the Renaissance. And the same impulse was behind the nineteenth-century enthusiasm for scientific materialism, and it remains a staple of liberalism today." (quote from Benjamin Wiker's soon to be released book, "Worshipping the State: How Liberalism became Our State Religion," benjaminwiker.com)
In his book Wiker painstakingly traces the development of contemporary secular liberalism to its roots, thereby revealing that the liberals in ascendancy in America today are,
"....the intellectual heirs of a way of thinking that from the beginning has been characterized by a desire to be free from the burden of Christianity...As a rebellion against Christianity, its negative goal defined its positive form: the desire to remove the church and replace it with the state gave liberalism its structure, beliefs, and goals." (ibid)
Though the seeds of secular liberalism were sown during the Renaissance, it was the growth of natural science in the 17th century that allowed it to blossom into faith in both sovereign human reason and scientific progress. But with English philosopher David Hume in the latter part of the 18th century, sovereign reason finally destroyed all certain knowledge, even of the natural world, when Hume announced that no man can know absolute truth through human reason because reason is a subjective faculty:
"...which has no necessary relation with the 'facts' we seek to know. It is limited to tracing the relations of our ideas, which themselves are already twice removed from 'reality.' And our senses are equally subjective, for they can never know the 'thing in itself,' but only an image of it..." ("Genesis, Creation and Early Man," Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 538)
The faculties of the human intellect have been corrupted since the fall and of necessity must be submitted to the higher things of God or fall into madness.
Russian philosopher Ivan V. Kireyevsky foresaw that sovereign reason would unleash unceasing criticism of truth, morality, Revelation, prophecy, miracles, religion, and ultimately of reason itself, thus it would inevitably devour itself. (ibid, p. 537)
When corrupted human reason becomes the standard of truth, knowledge and right and wrong, as it is throughout the West and America, in its madness it ultimately results in a theater of the absurd in which there is neither up nor down, male nor female, right nor wrong, true nor false, normal nor abnormal.
The loss of certainty however, did not stop the progressive rebellion against God but rather spurred it to progressively absorb, transform and secularize God's Revelation to man together with Christian doctrine and teaching. So for example, as a 'scientific law of progress,' Darwin's theory of evolution was not only used to justify the rebellion but to supplant the Genesis account of creation ex nihilo, or special creation as seculars prefer to say:
"Belief in evolution is...exactly parallel to belief in special creation---both are concepts which believers know to be true but neither...has been capable of proof." (British evolutionary biologist Prof. L. Harrison Matthews, cited by Fr. Seraphim Rose, p. 541)
Another example revolves around the doctrine of God's grace. Christianity teaches that God's grace is open to all, thus all men may share in the perfection of holiness that is only fully produced in the supernatural Kingdom of God (heaven) outside of the time/space (energy and matter) dimension. But in its' madness secular liberalism imagines that it's materialist science and evolutionism have shut down the supernatural dimension, brought heaven to earth, supplanted Original Sin with secular 'law' (political correctness) and God's grace with state power as the instruments for perfecting man here below.
Wiker points out that prior to the Christian doctrine of grace,
"...no one would have dared think about perfecting the whole human race—a few, select individuals, a small group or clan or class of society, yes, but not the whole human race. With Christianity, God’s grace... is only fully effected in the Kingdom of God... Liberalism takes the church’s salvific mission and makes it a merely political goal, one to be achieved in this world by human power alone, a heaven brought down by force to earth, where we become the authors of our own salvation.” (ibid, benjaminwiker.com)
A third example comes to light in the knowledge that secular liberalism has undermined the church’s responsibility to declare that something is a sin. This responsibility has been given to morally-insane secular civil authorities. It is now the right of the theocratic secular state to declare what is sin. So for instance, while abortion and homosexuality are not sins but rather politically correct secular rights or choices, to dissent against either is to be found guilty of the politically incorrect sins of hate, intolerance, bigotry, narrow-mindedness, and homophobia. Wiker notes that each of us now has the right to do whatever we want,
"...as long as it doesn’t violate the (secular) law, and we don’t bother anyone else—whatever the church might say to the contrary.” (ibid)
In the final example we see how secular liberalism has completely transformed and inverted the unchanging higher things of God:
"Thus saith the Lord: Stand ye on the ways, and see and ask for the old paths which is the good way, and walk ye in it: and you shall find refreshment for your souls. And they said: we will not walk." Jeremiah 6:16
Whereas our theocratic state exhorts us to seek change the prophet exhorts us to seek the old unchanging paths; the paths of righteousness and holiness which from of old,
"...Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and others, walked in, and follow them; and the way of salvation by Christ, which, though called a new way, Hebrews 10:20, yet is not newly found out, for it was contrived in eternity; nor newly revealed, for it was made known to Adam and Eve immediately after the fall; nor newly made use of, for all the Old Testament saints were saved by the same grace of Christ, and justified by his righteousness, and their sins pardoned through his blood, and expiated by his sacrifice, as New Testament saints; only of late, or in these last days, it has been more clearly made known; otherwise there is but one way of salvation; there never was any other, nor never will be; inquire therefore for this old path, which all true believers have trodden in..." (Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible)
Through its' primary doctrine evolution, secular liberalism has introduced a whole new scale of inverted values grounded in the first instance, on the idea that everything in nature is the fruit of a constantly evolving process of upward growth (change) rather than the original creation of God, and in the second, that in a constantly evolving (changing) world, perfection is obviously somewhere in the future.
Evolutionist J.H. Randall, Jr., comments:
"...for us the desirable is identified...with the latter end of the process of (evolutionary) development, and our terms of praise are 'modern,' 'up-to-date,' 'advanced,' 'progressive'... We had rather be modernists and progressives than sound reasoners." (Genesis, Creations, and Early Man, pp. 542-543)
The extent to which the Western and American mind has been contaminated by secular liberalism's evolutionary thinking is seen by the fact that today's popular catch-phrases, even among Christians who ought to know better, are 'change,' 'contemporary,' and 'going forward.'
Indeed, Obama had merely to repeatedly mutter the mantras "change" and "going forward" to be elevated, not once but twice, to the highest office in the land.
So complete has the contamination and transformation of Western and American consciousness been that secular liberalism has successfully inverted the order of creation and reversed the direction of Biblical theism. With creation ex nihilo virtually replaced by evolution, it is now believed, even by many Christian theologians, that men have not fallen from perfection but instead are gradually evolving upward from their ape beginnings toward greater and greater spiritual perfection. Self-perfecting man no longer needs the grace of God as the idea of evolution means he can perfect himself, and perhaps even attain god-hood.
Secular liberalism is the fruit of apostasy, thus all who step out into its' seductive vortex of change will not progress upward toward perfection but rather swirl ever downward in a spiraling vortex issuing into outer darkness.....hell.