A plea for the virility of reason.

Found at Books, Inq. —The Epilogue is this excellent short article called, A year in Reading: Alexander Theroux. I particularly liked the pointed writing of these sentences:

“We live in a secular age, a period of dim understanding when it is a virtual blasphemy to say ‘Merry Christmas’ or put up a Nativity crèche. This is the kind of desperate self-consciousness and hideous circumspection that indicates how morally weak we are, farcically overconsidered, foppishly irrational. We live in a period when religion itself seems not even spiritual, when simonists on television are trying to make money selling God and halfwits are burning Korans and ordained priests are pedophiles.  We live in a time of supreme scruple. Pusillanimous. Tentative. Hesitant. Uncertain. Weak. Fearful. Cringing…

“St. Paul who unambiguously offers us life of Christ and salvation is not the fidgety neurotic button-twisting sort of herbert we now see everywhere, not only the toadying, listless, graft-ridden, indecisive nest-featherers and eunuchs that constitute most if not all U.S. Congress but even in our presidents…

“It is only when we get serious that we can grow. ‘When I was a child,’ St. Paul wrote, ‘I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things.’ I offer this piece not as a means of conversion but as a plea for the virility of reason….”

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