Easterbrook notes that the period of increased depression was one in which most Western Europeans and many Americans "lost their belief in higher powers or a higher purpose." They took their cues from the likes of Nobel Prize-winning biologist Jacques Monod. Monod wrote that "man knows at last that he is alone in the universe's unfeeling immensity, out of which he emerged only by chance." Philosophical materialism, you see, disguised as scientific fact, has contributed to the depression that has gripped the West.Those who preach that even if there were no God that we should still strive for virtue are simply fooling themselves. One only need respond to them with a simple... Says who? In a Godless cosmos, no one has the authority to answer that question.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
It's interesting that, given my recent posts on the logical consequences of atheistic naturalism, Chuck Colson's Breakpoint has an article on Gregg Easterbrook's, The Progress Paradox: How Life Gets Better While People Feel Worse. Colson has been highlighting aspects from the book that describe how our western culture, although the most generally affluent culture that has ever lived, seems to be increasingly depressed. Colson writes,