In the year 1500, nearly everyone in Western Europe believed in God. Today, while many still believe in God, it is no longer a given. Our world has changed drastically in the last 500 years. No matter what you believe today, you are conscious of other choices. Even a lifelong Christian lives with pressures a premodern Christian did not, for we are conscious of other beliefs and paths we have not chosen. The simple question we want to ask is, how did we get to here?
This was created as part of the training for new staff with CSFPA. It is my amateur attempt at putting together what I’ve learned from writers such as Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor, as well as things that have been bouncing around in my head as far back as philosophy classes as an undergrad at Penn State.