#rsrh The word that Pascal Bruckner is reaching for here is ‘maltheism.’

(H/T: Hot Air Headlines) Note: I am not criticizing the author: his essay Apocalyptic Daze is a very clear-headed look at, and discussion of, our current crop of death-loving, Greenie religious fanatics.  But I don’t speak French, so I do not know whether that language has the concept  of ‘maltheism,’ or whether it has the same cultish, nihilistic overtones that it would in English.

I would normally quote GK Chesterton’s aphorsim “When a man ceases to believe in God, he doesn’t believe in nothing. He believes in anything.” at this point – except that he apparently didn’t actually say it, as such (H/T: Ed Driscoll).  Which is a shame, in my opinion: because it generally does seem that there are a number of secularists out there who seem to have replaced a belief in what they consider to be a silly concept with other concepts that are (in my opinion) infinitely sillier.

…:shrug: Just as long as they don’t set policy.  Separation of Church and state, and all that.

Moe Lane

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