In his 2006 Regensburg address, Pope Benedict XVI (controversially and polemically) diagnosed the malaise of the modern west in terms of the separation of faith and reason (theology / revelation and philosophy) a development which one can see beginning in Avicenna, but which really developed in the late medieval period.
It is difficult to imagine a more apt symbol of this split than the ownership of the two leading newspapers in the nation’s capital, the political center of the planet’s sole superpower.
The leading newspaper in the capital city of planet’s lone superpower is now controlled by a dot com and one Jeff Bezos. Can anyone doubt that zombies are right around the corner?
Which is worse: the Moonies (who control the _Washington Times_ or the MNC’s (multinational corporations)?
It is difficult to imagine a more apt symbol of contemporary America, and its separation of the “rationalism” of the global “free market” on the one hand, and the fundamentalism of modern religion on the other.