It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society.
It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats.
Religion declined not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid.
When faith is completely replaced by creed, worship by discipline, love by habit; when the crisis of today is ignored because of the splendor of the past; when faith becomes an heirloom rather than a living fountain; when religion speaks only in the name of authority rather than with the voice of compassion –
Its message becomes meaningless.
Source: God in Search of Man: A Philosophy of Judaism
Abraham Joshua Heschel
So my question of course is…
What shall we do ?
Repent and Do the First Things ?
How do we turn around and return to the Faith of our Fathers…a Living Faith ?