"Take away religion, however; take away philosophy, take away the higher forms of art, and you deprive ordinary people of the ways in which they can represent their apartness. Human nature, once something to live up to, becomes something to live down to instead. Biological reductionism nurtures this "living down", which is why people so readily fall for it. It makes cynicism respectable and degeneracy chic. It abolishes our kind, and with it our kindness."Humans are a mass of paradox. We want to be unique, yet an intimate part of a community of "people like us". We want others to see us as US ... unique and special, yet loved, respected and desired as friend, lover, family member, team member, etc. If I have no faith or philosophy, perhaps a tattoo or body piercing will substitute?
When we are reduced to mere animals like any other beast, we are abolished as human -- and our "kindness" goes with it. Human life becomes a "race to the bottom". "Culture" and "Country" become a series of broken primitive tribes. All is injustice, victimhood, alienation, privilege, degeneracy (often demanded to be celebrated!), etc.
In a world where "sin" has supposed to have been abolished by the death of god, it strangely rushes back in as in the "America's original sin", or "the sin of ... police killings".
Humans are quite good at both seeing and committing sin, wholly without god. What they are completely unable to do is to repent, forgive and BE forgiven without God -- as Truth, another word for Christ!