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“Economics is not the central problem of this century. It is a relative problem which can be solved in relative ways. Faith is the central problem of this age. The Western world does not know it, but it already possesses the answer to this problem – but only provided its faith in God and the freedom He enjoins is as great as Communism’s faith in Man.” — Whittaker Chambers, Witness
These words remain applicable today, and yet so many of our current political debates focus on economics. As a parent of children attending public schools, I see faith in God being deliberately replaced with faith in man. Schools eagerly preach the religion of environmentalism under the guise of science, or English, or whatever other subject they can tangentially relate to its themes.
I wonder if it is possible to separate religion from education; the secular beliefs that are taught seem to presume the superiority of man over God. In her speech at the UN last week, Greta Thunberg seemed to understand the limits of materialism and economics, instead appealing to emotions and a spiritual need for purpose. Arguing in response that the costs are too high or the solutions not quite effective miss the point. Disagreeing with the imperative for collective action is viewed as heresy.