Historian Bruce Catton wrote a column for American Heritage magazine called “The Way I See It.” In a June/July, 1978 article he addressed the problem of humanity losing faith in itself. The son of a Minister, Catton didn’t regret the loss of faith in God beginning in the 18th century, succeeding the strong faith of the 17th century. A textbook this writer read in the late 1970’s noted the distinction in the “deadly earnestness” of belief in God during the 17th century contrasted with the “enlightened 20th century mind.”
The arrogance of the statement ignores the intolerance of such intolerant systems in the 20th century as Nazism and Bolshevism. As the philosophers in the 18th century forgave Frederick the Great’s wars because he stood with them as a fellow secularist/atheist, liberals today forgive Stalin though he killed more people than Hitler because they feel Stalin wasn’t as bad as Hitler.
The most savage mistake humanists ever make is to consider faith in God dangerous and faith in humans necessary. –End Part I-