“The religious impulse, the quest for meaning that transcends the restricted space of empirical existence in this world, has been a perennial feature of humanity. (This is not a theological statement but an anthropological one—an agnostic or even an atheist philosopher may well agree with it.) It would require something close to a mutation of the species to extinguish this impulse for good.” -Peter Berger, The Desecularization of the World: Resurgent Religion and World Politics
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“It is tempting to wonder whether there is a link between the rise in secularist ire and the collapse of secularization theory.”
Os Guinness, The Case for Civility, pg. 12
The idea that there may be a link between secularist emoting and the collapse of secularization theory illustrates a point about the human heart. “What the heart wants, the mind rationalizes, and the will chooses” At root, the reason we believe what we do may not be the result of calm and cool reflection, but a preference in the heart. Taking away our reasoning does not change the fact that the heart wants what it wants. If you want secularism to be true, even when it is scientifically discredited, you will still hold to it.
This is why Reformed apologetics has argued that the biggest conflict in apologetics is spiritual, not intellectual. It’s also why Jesus said, “You must be born again to see the kingdom of God.”