At Acton’s PowerBlog I have a review of The Idols of Our Age: How the Religion of Humanity Subverts Christianity (Encounter Books, 2018), by Daniel J. Mahoney.
Here’s a bit of what I said:
Whether secular or religious, “contemporary humanitarianism is remarkably passive, allowing its adherents to detach themselves from the great ‘communities of action,’ such as nations and churches. Instead, they find salvation for themselves in strident affirmations of individual and collective autonomy, and not in deference to the grace and goodness of God.” Whether religious or secular, the adherents of contemporary humanitarianism live in a morally bland and affectively flat world “without heroes or saints, a world in which the capacity to admire what is inherently admirable is deeply undermined.”
Read the rest here.