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The Sacralization of Politics

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Submitted by Reverend (Canada), Aug 3, 2019 at 13:06

I would contend, that the demon in liberalism, as a political ideology, or political idol of our time, as some would describe, is not so much the desire or temptation "to politicize, and thereby debase, every aspect of life", but rather to "sacralize, and thereby to intrude into, every aspect of life", as a secular (i.e. this worldly) political religion. For example, Carl Schmitt stated in his book, Political Theology, that "All significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts". And likewise, Emilio Gentile in his book, Politics as Religion, persuasively argues that modern "politics" (whether it be fascism, communism or liberalism) has "over the last two centuries often taken on the features of religion, claiming as its own the prerogative of defining the fundamental purpose and meaning of human life". That is, whereby "secular" (i.e. this worldly) "political entities such as the nation, the state, race, class, and the party became the focus of myths, rituals, and commandments and gradually became objects of faith, loyalty and reverence". This is clearly articulated, or revealed, in the above article, whereby the writer states that "liberalism shares with communism a powerful 'faith' in rational minds finding solutions which translates into a drive to improve the citizen, modernize him, and mold him into a superior being." With this understanding, liberalism's social engineering thus becomes the theological equivalent of "progressive sanctification" and its futuristic vision the theological equivalent of a religious-based eschatological hope.


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1The Sacralization of Politics [244 words]ReverendAug 3, 2019 13:06252284
Drift from moderation to extreme.... [177 words]AaronAug 1, 2019 19:20252187
2A Terrible Nexus: Islamic minority and liberal democratic politicians [319 words]PrashantJul 31, 2019 21:51252135
terminology suggestion [37 words]Alex EizenbergJul 22, 2019 05:13251777
If only conservatives believed in noncoercion! [99 words]SteinJul 24, 2019 15:53251777
3The liberal/progressive con job [396 words]aidan maconachyJul 21, 2019 01:43251738
Problems with liberal education [107 words]aishaJul 31, 2019 00:59251738
1The leftist progressive threat to values and beliefs [504 words]aidan maconachyAug 2, 2019 14:11251738
2Also, it's equality gone berserk [435 words]DaveJul 15, 2019 09:50251551
Since they're illiberal, one ought not refer to them as 'liberals'. [8 words]Anon.Jul 15, 2019 05:44251542
semantic confusion [26 words]Paul RothbergJul 15, 2019 14:32251542
Liberalism and Communism Have Exactly One Difference [335 words]David RyanJul 15, 2019 00:33251538
Leftism is simply a con game. [59 words]Michael SJul 15, 2019 21:44251538

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