About twenty years ago, a panel of social scientists met for a week-long discussion of the principal areas of that generation’s life. Later, the content of the symposium was summarized in a three-hundred-page book. The book contained chapters on the arts, on education, on science, on politics, on economics, on technological advances, and even on the use of leisure time. Curiously, the book did not contain a chapter on religion. When asked about this omission, the book’s editor said, “Well, they just didn’t have very much to say about the subject.”
That panel’s view of modern society clearly was that of a secular civilization spreading around the world, with religion in general and Christianity in particular not playing a…
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