In the days before I converted to Catholicism I wrestled with a simple, but profound question. Did the Traditions of the Church come from God or from Man? After examining the evidence as well as working through several other philosophical thoughts I came to conclusion that, yes, the Traditions of the Roman Catholic Church did come from God. They have divine origins and were given through divine revelation. And since the Traditions were divine in nature, so were the scriptures that the Church gave the world.
In the twenty-first century, basing one’s core presumptions on divinely revealed knowledge is considered not much different from tribal voodoo men who believe in magical sticks and stones. There is, even among the voices calling for a revised Western Civilization, a sense there may be a God, but man is essentially on his own. The current clash of globalism and nationalism falls into a conflict between atheistic and deistic philosophies, respectively.
These materialistic views of life are not going to be effective in the long-term since it was the rejection of divine revelation that gave rise to the zealous devotion to the sciences which has caused much of the current confusion. Man stopped believing in God and now believes in anything.
Divine revelation is important because it moves the cause of the preservation of Western Civilization from a mere product of genetics and chance to a transcendent calling to a higher moral order. The entire concept of civilization is the work of elevating man from being nothing than an animal driven by primal instinct to being a creature of a higher order, an order that is supernatural and divine.
If there is an underlying question that pushes the pursuit of civilization, it is whether man can survive as an animal. On the one hand, the answer is that man, being a product of genetics, must survive as an animal and to civilize him is to kill him. On the other hand, the answer is that man, being created by divine will, faces a slow decline toward extinction without civilization.
This is more than merely assimilating the concept of God into an already materialistic thought process, as if God was just another category of imagined characters in a narrative. Rather it is the issue of belief, conviction, and committed faith in something that cannot be seen with the eyes or touched with the hands.
Without divine revelation and the devotion of belief in it the push to preserve the West will become just another manifestation of the atheistic thought that has come to dominate the minds of the twenty-first century. It is not enough to save the cathedral for the sake of the architecture and intellectual symbolism. To truly save the cathedral and the civilization birthed by it, man must believe without doubt that therein lies an altar and at that altar he can meet with God.