Previously, I commented on an essay by Helen Pluckrose in a blog entry entitled, Why the Left Will Lose to the Regressive Left. Pluckrose must have noticed my blog entry and commented on it on her FB page:
I never argued, or even implied, that religion was the only thing that would stop postmodernism from destroying science. As I noted, the title of that blog entry was why the Left will lose to the Regressive Left (and I explain this clearly in the last few paragraphs of that blog entry). If I were to use a medical analogy, what I offered was a diagnosis, not a treatment plan.
Look, I don’t think religion can stop postmodernism because theism no longer plays a significant role in academic thinking. Which is precisely why academic thinking spawned and nurtured postmodernism. Today, the secular Left is merely reaping what it has sown. As it stands, we are in a transition stage. The universal principles of liberalism that both Pluckrose and I share are fading from academic existence since they currently exist in such settings as nothing more than a fading echo of the theistic worldview. Most academics who defend such universal principles are people (white men?) who will be retiring in five, ten, maybe fifteen years. The new generation behind them has been marinated in postmodernism and their atheism (or paganism) will help them take postmodernism even further. Resistance is futile. After all, we need Social Justice in the Here and Now.
The relevance to us Christians is that it represents a tiny and subtle piece of evidence for the truth of our world view. Christians (and their humanist and deist offshoots) have sustained and propagated the universal principles of freedom, equality, justice, consistency, reason, and humility for centuries. Of course, we have not been perfect. Far from it. There have been plenty of dissenting voices and tons of hypocrisy. Nevertheless, the principles have been upheld and idealized and passed on. Yet here we are, a mere few decades into the post-Christian era and those principles should already be put on an endangered species list. Freedom and reason are under attack, while equality and justice are grossly distorted through some Orwellian prism. The people hunting them to extinction either reside in secular academia or have been indoctrinated by secular academia. And all the while smugly thinking their atheistic, secular outlook on reality is so “woke.”