It was Soren Kierkegaard who gave us the modern notion that God was a distant metaphysical reality and that the day to day business of churches had nothing much to do with the religious sensibility within ones consciousness: existence/life/being, was to be standing on a ledge with the chasm of nothingness below. God was not holding your hand, if you wished to fly you had to leap into the chasm, with faith as your only shield.
It is manifest, in today’s politics, that even the Muslim zealot for whom death is a creed, comes to his or her stance, through the apprehension that God does not exist. If they feel assured that God exists why do they feel so strongly that they must act for God? If God is omnipotent what possible reason would she/he/it need you or I to help them out?
Those, with the rock smashing other people’s brain out, fear that living is too complex, too amorphous to be commanded. Hence they seek to command and comdemn, shock and render lifeless. They believe corpses cannot argue and argument, discussion, admission of doubt, a lack of knowing what the truth is, is their greatest fear.
If truth is not a clarity to be possessed how can one live? They do know, as well as I do, that we all ultimately cannot say, cannot speak the truth, for what truth there is, is as graspable as the two dimensional ripples of the non-physical skimming stones that rain upon the dark waters of existence.
Coda: Secular politics is no more comfortable with the truth both Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump tell us that.