In a recent article, Andrew Sullivan argues that the decline of what he calls “tame Christianity,” involving a separation of the spiritual and the political, has led to the current authoritarianism we’re seeing on the left and on the right.
Of course, what the hardcore Catholic Sullivan can’t bring himself to admit is that, when he talks about the traditional Christianity that built up American liberalism, his “tame Christianity” is really Protestant Christianity. And it’s certainly true that American Protestantism seems to be on its last legs. Is the fall of American Protestantism causing a collapse of the spiritual into the political? Are we becoming more Catholic?
Well, the evidence is in on the right. The Evangelical movement’s almost wholesale embrace of a churlish immoral con-artist makes it pretty clear that important portions of conservatism have utterly abandoned reason, fairness, objectivity, and basic human decency. There’s little hope for recovery from these sectors, and people of good faith must at this point merely hope for their speedy demise as a political force.
Things also look bad on the left, but I think at this point liberals have no other place to turn. The conservative movement has gone mad.