From the blog of a JrG commenter:
“First Love God – because without God you cannot Love your neighbour.
Without Love of God, then love of neighbour becomes just ‘altruism’ – policies, laws, regulations; taxes; doles, welfare, subsidies, allowances, benefits… statecraft and suppression of those who oppose it.
Which is anti-Love.
We see this all around us. The experiment has been done – look at the results.
Modern ‘altruism’ (‘love thy neighbour’) by those who do not first Love God is not just un-Loving but anti-Love: Hatred in the name of Love – which is much, much worse.
(It takes a while for the cut-off of Love of God to work through a person and a culture – childhood beliefs and experiences have a lasting effect – but there has now been enough time that we can observe the consequences.)”
“….. the subversion of the understanding-of and respect-for the family is among the greatest evils of modernity – because it prevents (or inhibits) people from understanding God.”
Thus, Bruce Charlton.