It is fascinating to observe how the underlying paganism of our society is working its way out more and more consistently into our public practices.
On a scholarly level, some advocate re-appropriating the polytheism of Homer's era. These scholars see clearly how enlightenment has brought emptiness, so they advocate a different kind of idolatry.
On a popular level, we are watching the deification of Steve Jobs.
As I was re-reading J. Gresham Machen's Christianity and Liberalism just a little while ago, I came across something I had forgotten. Machen wrote:
...despite all superficial continuity, a remarkable change has come about within the last seventy-five years. The change is nothing less than the substitution of paganism for Christianity as the dominant view of life. Seventy-five years ago, Western civilization, despite inconsistencies,was still predominantly Christian; to-day it is predominantly pagan.
This work was published in 1923. If Machen was right, and I think he was, then twentieth century America was, at bottom, a pagan society. Her public institutions, practices, and mores have progressively removed the drapery which shrouds her real gods.