This is an article by Matthew Rose that I don’t recommend reading. He’s gone all “academic” and made the thing about four times longer than he needed to: Our Secular Theodicy. When I recommend an article, I want you to read it because it’s worthwhile. This one is just too damn long.
However, the gist of it is encapsulated in this quote from the article:
The politics of gender, sexuality, race, and immigration are increasingly eschatological. Their power and appeal depend on the belief that they advance a liberating moral narrative, inspiring a secular Exodus that will lead to a secular Pentecost. That is why they see history as moving in a single moral direction. It is not because they are determinists. On the contrary, history must progress toward greater individual freedom and social equality because any other outcome threatens the moral intelligibility of history itself. The stakes could not therefore be higher. Should the next emancipatory chapter fail to be written—or should a future Trump or Brexit alter its forward flow—it would not be a mere disappointment. It would interrupt a story that justifies their deepest commitments, and the theodicy in which they are engaged.
First thing (pun intended), let’s not mock that idea. Christianity is a different type of hope, a different type of eschatology, a different type of “end of history.” But we might better understand the Religion of Leftism and the increasing transformation of Christianity to accommodate the Left’s eschatology if we understand the ideas that underly both of them.
Who can doubt that technology, in particular, points away from the ancient cyclical beliefs regarding history and to progress? Forget the results that may come from technology, which might be ambiguous. The technology itself is ever-improving.
The other aspects of constant and ever-upward social progress are perhaps more ambiguous. On the Left, they see the total equality of women (even to the point of erasing differences with men…or erasing men, if need be), the elevation of homosexuality and all sexual variants (even if completely made up), open borders, and the end of the family as the central unit of society as on a steady arrow of progress. What a conservative notices (at least a few of us) is that this sort of “progress” seems as likely to produce Harvey Weinsteins and Matt Lauers than an actual improved humanity.
That is, a conservative doesn’t deny that there can be a better match of human behavior with, say, The Ten Commandments. And it is our duty to try to improve our relationship with our fellow men, to take care of the weak and suffering, and to build that Winthropian “city on a hill,” as a beacon to others.
The idea of steady improvement is not foreign to conservatives or authentic Christians, but the emphasis is not on perfecting society but in improving (if not exactly perfecting) oneself. To do otherwise is to build any “perfect” society upon sand for no system of government can replace (let alone produce) a virtuous people.
It’s often said the conservatives have a more pessimistic view of human nature. I would call it a realistic one. It’s hopeful but careful. It’s a revolutionary stance regarding transforming the human soul — which can and does happen daily — but never supposes that a government action or mandate is ever the same thing. In government, the lies just tend to be bigger.
A conservative and authentic Christian is not without larger and effusive hopes and a view of where we were yesterday and where we hope to be tomorrow. But I would say we are less naive about our expectations. If the earth warms or cools, we don’t freak out about it. Our world view is not maniacally tied to Constant Human Progress as it is with the Left. And that’s really what “climate change” is all about. The material Utopianists have included the weather under the umbrella (if you will) of things they deem subject to constant progress.
I’ve made just a minor dent in the subject. Perhaps you should read the entire article after you are done watching that coat of paint on the wall dry. This is a huge topic.