Can a nation‐state survive without a sense of identity that is religious and thus transcends the passage of time? A secular society is agnostic about the boundaries between the real and the unreal, the imaginable and the unimaginable, and the possible and the impossible because it is radically open to its environment. If Christianity is to supply an ethic for such a society, it would be one suitable for a highly complex and open social system, and its norms would be evolutionary, procedural, and self‐referential. It would be suitable for a world in which no nation deems itself obligated to enlighten and emancipate other nations.
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