Jeremy Beer over at The American Conservative posted, presumably in recognition of our recent holiday of love, a profile of David L. Schindler, a theologian at the John Paul II Institute here in DC entitled “Philosopher of Love.” The good news, if we can call it that, is that I think Schindler is, perhaps, right. The bad news is that that means that liberalism is the problem and we’re all in trouble because we don’t even have a system within which we can really work, at least not with integrity or hope of lasting succes. Why? Because
all of our political, economic, legal, and religious institutions are necessarily grounded in some conception of order—in a metaphysics—even if they reject or ignore the Christian claim. From the Christian view, liberal institutions foster a problematic “mode of being”—a distorting matrix for the formation of our intentions, attitudes, and ideas. Thus, the idea that just putting “good people,” or at least those with the “right ideas,” into political office will make a decisive cultural difference is insufficiently attentive to the shaping power of this matrix in a liberal regime.
Is Schindler right?