Secular criticism of the Church always makes for an interesting read. Usually, the writing is ignorant… obviously written by an unbelieving outsider who is astonished that people still believe this stuff. This article (requires free registration) via Urban Onramps is no exception.

Americans believe, 58 percent to 40 percent, that it is necessary to believe in God to be moral. In contrast, other developed countries overwhelmingly believe that it is not necessary. In France, only 13 percent agree with the U.S. view.

What’s the problem here? Morality isn’t decided by popular vote. The first two of the famous 10 commandments have to do with proper belief in God’s identity and they form the foundation of then entire point of Judaism and Christianity. Both faiths use a word to describe morality without a proper understanding of God as revealed in sctipture. Idolatry.

I’m not denigrating anyone’s beliefs. And I don’t pretend to know why America is so much more infused with religious faith than the rest of the world. But I do think that we’re in the middle of another religious Great Awakening, and that while this may bring spiritual comfort to many, it will also mean a growing polarization within our society.

This, however, is a good point. The type of polarization (terrorism, witch hunts, Crusades) this author is writing about will always happen when flocks of people seek to bend God to match their political and moral preferences. History has always shown that religion when used for purposes other than worship of God is a very ugly thing.