The schizophrenic US Stock Market is a daily illustration of the cultural-psychosis facing the West. I outlined my thoughts on this in my previous post, “The Poverty of Soul and the unCivilization of the West.” In short, I see a Marxist philosophy (Dialectic Materialism) trending toward the dominant worldview in the West.  The best, and only, hope for extracting society from this materialistic morass is to embrace a worldview that enables us to rise above our own mortality.

In contradistinction to the psychologically-damning Marxist worldview, society must embrace an emotionally-healing view of Humanity created in the image of God.  This sets the stage for seeing our value, not in personal achievement or material possessions, but in a transcendent “God-esteem.”  That is, we must see our value as coming from an eternally unchanging triune-God of infinite worth who is not diminished with the collapse of the Stock Market.  Once our value is rooted in the eternal, we can see life with a new moral perspective that promotes a personal conscience that does not justify evil in the name of ideology.

This is my hope, that we can aspire to this new worldview and begin to heal the cultural-psychosis that so greatly disturbs the West.

Dr. J.R. Miller is a Professor of Applied Theology and Leadership & Dean of Online Learning at Southern California Seminary. Outside work, he is a church planter. Dr. Miller has a diverse educational background and authored multiple books on church history, biblical theology, and Leadership. Joe and his wife Suzanne enjoy the sun and surf with their 3 sons in San Diego, CA.

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