Sunday, August 07, 2016

Davidman: the withering of morality

Sunday, August 7, 2016
    Commemoration of John Mason Neale, Priest, Poet, 1866
How long will you simple ones love your simple ways?
    How long will mockers delight in mockery
    and fools hate knowledge?
    —Proverbs 1:22 (NIV)
    The essential amorality of all atheist doctrines is often hidden from us by an irrelevant personal argument. We see that many articulate secularists are well-meaning and law-abiding men; we see them go into righteous indignation over injustice and often devote their lives to good works. So we conclude that “he can’t be wrong whose life is in the right”—that their philosophies are just as good guides to action as Christianity. What we don’t see is that they are not acting on their philosophies. They are acting, out of habit or sentiment, on an inherited Christian ethic which they still take for granted though they have rejected the creed from which it sprang. Their children will inherit somewhat less of it.
    ... Joy Davidman (1915-1960), Smoke on the Mountain, London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1955, reprint, Westminster John Knox Press, 1985, p.79 (see the book)
    See also Pr. 1:22; Ps. 10:4; 14:1-3; Pr. 1:7; 27:22; Rom. 1:18-23,28; Eph. 2:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I not be silent before atheism, but speak the Gospel.
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