By G. K. Chesterton
“We do not really want a religion that is right where we are right. What we
want is a religion that is right where we are wrong.
In these current fashions it is not really a question of the religion allowing us liberty; but (at the best) of the liberty of allowing us a religion.
These people merely take the modern mood, with much in it that is amiable and much that is anarchical and much that is merely dull and obvious, and then require any creed to be cut down to fit that mood. But the mood would exist even without the creed.
They say they want a religion to be practical, when they would be practical without any religion.
They say they want a religion acceptable to science, when they would accept the science even if they did not accept the religion.
They say they want a religion like this because they are like this already. They say they want it, when they mean that they could do without it.”
[G.K. Chesterton died in 1936, but his words are immediately relevant to 21st century America. Mr. Chesterton was a British essayist, novelist, poet, and Christian/Catholic apologist. His writings helped convert C.S. Lewis from agnosticism to Christianity.]