PETER DAY: The Endarkenment

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

A new Enlightenment has dawned.

Bow to its three pillars: Reason, Science, Humanism.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

Close all the churches.

Take the Sacred Bread out of the Tabernacles; replace it with Reason.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

Imprison all the priests, innocent and guilty alike – and throw away the keys.

Ban the prayers – except those invoking Reason.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

Science is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.

All reality is material – cast away the transcendent.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

No more Christmases:  Reason is now the reason for the Season.

No more Easters:  only Reason and Science can be raised and exalted, not a man.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

No more mystics. No more poets.

No more miracles. No more Soul.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

No visiting the sick in the name of Christ.

No washing the feet of the poor in the name of Christ.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

No burying the dead in the name of Christ.

No hoping in the Eternal in the name of Christ.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

But we’ve been here before; just ask Mr Nietzsche, Mr Stalin, Mr Zedong, Mr Pol Pot.

Communism. Nihilism. Mass destruction.

Hell on earth.

“God is dead, God is Dead!”

Amen. Amen. Amen.

Peter Day is a Catholic priest in Queanbeyan

 

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John Laurence Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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