Part 2 of “When the World Stopped Making Sense,” a continuing series within Thoughts from a Useless Eater–the podcast that seeks a better understanding of “the way things really are in the world,” from a Christian perspective.
In this segment, J.Q. Useless begins a multi-part examination of construct that he calls “material, middle-class fake rationality,” a way of looking at the world that was arguably promulgated to those in American society beginning with the post-World-War-II “baby boom” generation. It’s a worldview centered on ideas of naturalistic/scientific rationality, of a supposedly free-market economic system that allegedly operates according to a “fair set of rules,” and of a society with a social contract in which people who work hard and “play by the rules” can expect to be rewarded with a decent standard of living–a worldview in which the individual can rely on his or her own strengths under a social structure said to have been set up with the best interests of the individual in mind.
J.Q. begins to break this worldview into its component parts and examine issues that point to its arguable invalidity and deceptiveness, especially in view of events in the early 21st century, such as U.S. foreign policy following 9/11, the financial crisis of 2008, and the implications of a globalizing political economy on expectations of average American families concerning their standard of living. The implications of all of these issues will be considered in a Christian context, especially in terms of end-times issues.
Proverbs 14:12, Proverbs 16:25
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
- Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast #2: “When the World Stopped Making Sense, Part One” (uselesseatersinstitute.wordpress.com)
- Thoughts from a Useless Eater Podcast #3 – Introductions, Part 2 (uselesseatersinstitute.wordpress.com)
- Holes pt. 2: The Hole In Your Logic (theologetics.wordpress.com)
- The Christian Worldview: It’s all about Jesus (bloodonthealtar.wordpress.com)
- Truth-seeking and ideology (cafehayek.com)