At the end of World War II, many thoughtful Westerners wondered how the West and America, the citadels of Christianity, had come to take part in the 20th century's nightmare of destruction with its monstrous record of totalitarianism, genocide, catastrophic destruction, man-made famine, concentration camps, sadistic human experimentation, and total war. Why was the West in decline they wondered. How had its' Christian foundations been subverted and finally lost? In his book, "Ideas Have Consequences," Richard Weaver delineated the West's dissolution. He traced the start of its fearful descent to the beginnings of the late 14th century. At that time said Weaver, Western man had made an evil decision to abandon his belief in the unchanging truths, moral absolutes, and/or 'universals' of the living God in favor of "there is no truth higher than, and independent of, man..." (The Conservative Intellectual Movement, George Nash, p. 33)
The consequences of this abandonment were stark and disastrous said Weaver, for the denial of everything transcending the worldly experiences of man means inevitably the denial of truth itself which opens the door for man to become the measure of all things, to be as god.
But this was only the beginning of Western man's freely chosen evil. Next he chose to shut the door upon the heavenly realm and make Nature a self-contained entity. Original sin and moral choice were abandoned and replaced by the goodness of man and determinism, or cause. Henceforth it would be said that man does not choose sin but is rather caused or determined to do whatever he does, whether lie, steal, kill, or commit adultery.
With the living God shut out of His own creation and the physical world of senses held as the only reality, Christian theism declined and conscience lost the guidance provided by Christianity. In this vacuum, subjectivism, nihilism, and atheism arose and scientific materialism and evolutionary thinking increasingly became the most prestigious way to study man.
The American part of this fearful descent is told by James Turner of the University of Michigan. Turner writes that the modern parents of unbelief turns out to be liberal Protestantism. Many people finally came at last,
"to realize that it was religion, not science or social change, that gave birth to unbelief. Having made God more and more like man---intellectually, morally, emotionally---the shapers of religion made it feasible to abandon God, to believe simply in man." (American Babylon, Richard John Neuhaus, p. 95)
In response to liberal Protestantism, H.L. Mencken observed that its chief contribution to human thought is its "massive proof that God is a bore." (ibid, p. 95)
Liberal Protestantism together with secular materialist philosophy spawned Modernism and its principle doctrine evolution, which in 1907 Pope Pius X condemned as â€œthe synthesis of all heresiesâ€ in his encyclical Pascendi Dominici gregis. (The Evolution Heresy, http://patriotsandliberty.com/?p=18597 )
In contemporary America, the two primary forms of unbelief which pass for 'scientifically enlightened' Liberal belief are liberal Protestantism and evolutionary materialism in its many atheist humanist permutations.
Liberal Protestantism, which today is shared by increasing numbers of liberalized Catholics and Evangelicals (i.e., contemporary, Emergent, 'new' Evangelicalism), is an outward profession of faith that masks an actual faith in nothing, a 'faith' shared by the more outspoken materialist who asserts that there can be nothing outside a closed and all-encompassing 'reality' of matter in motion, the very same view held by 20th century Communism's dialectical materialism.
For secular humanists and liberalized Christians, there is no room for Heaven, the living, personal God, Original Sin, unchanging Truths, Moral Law and eternity in their sterile box filled only with naturalistic precepts.
Since there is no life in chemicals and the god-force of evolution they believe in has no power to raise men from the dead, for godless liberalized Christians and secular materialists alike said Neuhaus, the successful life here in this world is "self-actualization, indeed self-creation." (p. 97)
This accounts for the endless parade of 'sinless self-creators' we see coming out as god-men, masters of the universe, cosmic citizens, homo neoeticus, robo-noeticus, shamans, witches, goddesses, divas, 'gays,' transgenders, man-boy lovers, brother-sister lovers, son-mother lovers, man-beast lovers, and on and on ad nauseum.
Speaking through his character Ivan Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky--the 19th century's apocalyptic prophet---said that absent our sin, redemption, and God's judgement unto eternal immortality in either Paradise or outer darkness, "all things are lawful."
Liberalized Christians and secular humanists live in a fool's paradise which collapses into nihilism, for if death is some form of extinction of the individual, then everything that makes life worth living---love, goodness, virtue, work ethics, procreation, integrity, commitment, self-sacrifice---are as nothing, for nothing man can do in this world is of any ultimate meaning, purpose and consequence.
The full horror of the fool's paradise is hidden from the godless only by the strength of their will to deceive themselves and others. Only through self-deception are they able to blind themselves to the monstrous human and animal experimentations, wanton rape, incest, murder, and other evils perpetrated by men no longer restrained by fear.
The ominous truths proclaimed by the death-of-God philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche are prophetic. In the 'new' world that will result from widespread acceptance of liberal Protestant and secular humanist unbelief said Nietzsche:
"Of all that which was formerly held to be true, not one word is to be credited. Everything which was formerly disdained as unholy, forbidden, contemptible, and fatal--all these flowers now bloom on the most charming paths of truth." (Nihilism: The Root of the Revolution of the Modern Age, Eugene Rose, p. 28)
As Westerners continue their march toward unbelief and self-actualization, lies replace truth, evil replaces good, death replaces life, disorder replaces order, cowardice replaces courage, disordered passion becomes reason, plunder on behalf of envy and covetousness are justified in the name of fairness, and the 'common good' and love become abortion, euthanasia, eugenics, human and animal experimentation, incest, rape, pedophilia, pederasty, sado-masochism and sodomy while on its' front page the Boston Globe celebrates transgender camps for kids. All of these formerly unholy, unnatural, contemptible, foul, outright evil things "now bloom on the most charming paths of truth."
("Transgender summer camp" for kids celebrated on front page of Boston Globe http://www.massresistance.org/docs/gen2/12c/globe_trans_camp_0902/index.html )