“ . . . Understanding the logic of that ‘rupture between religion and life’ is crucial in understanding the story of modern culture. And a pivotal chapter in that story is the late medieval tendency to describe the ‘natural’ and the ‘supernatural’ as two separate ‘orders,’ the second understood as an extrinsic addition to the first (and hence optional). This segregation enabled Western minds to imagine a wall of separation between “sacred” and “secular,” and in time all of earthly life, including human nature, was assumed to be intelligible without reference to anything beyond itself. There may well be a God, but that is an unneeded hypothesis for happily making our way in the world. As this two- tiered conception of life has become more entrenched — thanks as much to faulty theology as to the forces of irreligion — the Gift promised in the Gospel has gradually come to be seen not as a gift at all, but as (in the words of Henri de Lubac) ‘an arbitrary imposition. . . . Indeed, shouldn’t the intrusion of a foreign ‘supernatural’ be rebuffed as a kind of violation?’ No wonder the Gospel is foolishness to our contemporaries. . . .”
— Ken Myers, on the deep dualism that disorders modern culture and threatens Christian faithfulness. Click here to read the entire letter.