Isn't Charles Murray Saying We Need The Gospel?
I won't restate the problem that Dr. Murray presents in his books because I think we all know what he's pointing, whether we agree with the particulars. What I want to focus in on is whether the problem can be solved and how. I'm relieved to hear him say that there aren't any social policies that can resolve this. He talks about the importance of family, taking on responsibility personally, religious beliefs, self-control, etc.
All these are good things, but what's going to motivate someone to do all the right things? More importantly, maybe, what will compel people to change? In order to get to the point where society generally adheres to certain principles that shape our culture, social institutions, and behavior don't we need a revival of religious belief, in general, if not Judeo-Christian?
And I'm not just asking hypothetically, but realistically. Certain reasons may be enough for some people some of the time but I doubt it will have a widespread effect. Given the severity of the cultural fraying and the immense change that is needed we'll need something drastic to change course. And what's more significant than a person's religious beliefs?