The success of life implies the full accomplishment of our spiritual destiny, whatever it may be.
The religious sense, like the esthetic, is a fundamental physiological activity; it is in no sense the consequence of an unsatisfactory economic state. We need to use all the present forms of life. The most effective is the Christian form in the mystical sense which advocates union with God and with other human beings. The Catholic Church is the most complete expression of this.
Why have the white races not succeeded in spite of their Christianity? What is the reason for the present chaos? Why did the society of the Middle Ages end in failure? Why did Christianity, which has such clear-cut intuitions of human nature, not continue its ascent after the Middle Ages?
Christianity offers men the very highest of moralities; one very close to that indicated by our structure. It presents to them a God who can be adored because He is within our reach and Whom we ought to love. It has inspired martyrs; it has always respected life, the race and the spirit. But it has not brought peace to the world. What is the reason for this lack of success?
It thoroughly understands the laws of mysticism but not the laws of life. Christian inspiration has not been incorporated in rational forms of life. It has neglected physiology for the intellect By tolerating social classes, the oppression of the poor by the rich, the dispossession of one class of men, it has been incorporated into types of community which are not viable.
We must render to God the things which are God's and to Caesar the things which are Caesar's. The Church cannot substitute itself for Caesar nor confuse itself with him. Caesar and the Church are opposed to each other in the same way that feeling, reason and the organs are opposed in a human being.
It would be easy to give Christianity and even Catholicism what they lack - the added balance of physical knowledge. Thus we should be able to prevent the physiological or intellectual degeneration which inevitably entails moral decadence. Christian inspiration must be incorporated in social forms created, not according to philosophical principles, but after the pattern of the structure of life.