[T]he chief inner dynamism of secularization has always been the modern state’s great struggle to free itself from those institutional, moral, and sacramental allegiances that still held it even partially in check, so that it could now get on with all those mighty tasks - nationalist wars, colonial empires, universal conscription, mass extermination of civilians, and so on - that would constitute its special contribution to the human experience.
David Bentley Hart (via littlewicketgate)