And the winner for most suited to help modern man is….Judaism!
Take that skateborder dudes!
Individuality, according to Saul Singer, has become the religion of the modern society. Jews certainly being no exception, “Judaism must meet the test of everything that we do: What’s in it for me and my family?”
The challenge of religion, not just Judaism, in the modern world is that religion is based on recognition of a higher authority, while modernity inculcates the idea that the individual is the final, and perhaps only, arbiter of his own fate. Even religion has been subsumed into this framework, in that “God says so” has little resonance. If religion once had subjects, or adherents, now it has consumers, who will simply drop the product if it no longer seems to have any utility….
While Christianity may have an easier â€œsellâ€ (it’s hard to compete with instant eternal salvation, that’s, like, better than Boxing Day at Macy’s) â€œyet ironicallyâ€ Saul Singer asserts, â€œJudaism is more suited to the modern mind than Christianityâ€ precisely because of what modern mad most lacks: meaning, community and connectedness. All of which Judaism is designed to provide.
Singers article is a little all over the place, but really interesting nonetheless. Check out the whole thing here.