Friday, April 4, 2014

Matt Forney on Secular Puritanism


Catholicism allured my religious sensibilities as a young adult not only because of its rich history and devotional spirituality and solemnity, but its appreciation of aesthetic magnificence as well. In contrast to WASP culture, the culture in which I was raised, sure, Catholicism embraced this strange phenomenon called "guilt" to which I never took too kindly, but goddamn was it looser, more tolerant, and far less judgmental than mainstream American Protestantism. And compared to Secular Puritanism (aka, Progressivism), the few crumbs remaining of WASP culture taste like a bacchanalian orgy turkey stuffed with naked women, whiskey, homemade wine and tobacco smoke. I thank Jesus daily for the morsels of what's left.