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*Image: The Blind in the Ditch (Les aveugles dans le fossé) by James Tissot, c. 1890 [Brooklyn Museum]

By David Carlin,  The Catholic Thing, Aug. 5, 2022

David Carlin is a retired professor of sociology and philosophy at the Community College of Rhode Island, and the author of The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Church in America and, most recently, Three Sexual Revolutions: Catholic, Protestant, Atheist.

You often hear Catholics lament that present-day American society is theologically “pagan” or “neopagan” – and morally “hedonistic.”

Maybe so.  But that’s not how I see it.  Paganism is a form of religion – the wrong kind of religion, but still a form of religion.  A worship of too many gods.

Our problem in America, it seems to me, is not that we have the wrong kind of religion so much as it is that we are in danger of having no religion at all.  We have many substitute religions, to be sure, like environmentalism and “wokeism.” But we suffer from too much naturalism, not excess supernaturalism. …

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