Losing Touch with Reality ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

By: Paul Murano – March. 2021

The first amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits the federal government from establishing a particular religious denomination as the state religion. Eventually, this notion became known as separation of church and state.

Despite the fact that “separation” is not a Constitutional concept, the founding fathers believed religious denominations should remain distinct from the state, and the state should never interfere with their practice.

The big fallacy of our age is that agnosticism, which in practice is lived out as atheism, is the neutral world view, and must be the default mode of public policy in free countries. This fallacy holds that God is something added onto reality, rather than Reality itself. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Never did the founders ever imagine that such a separation of church and state could be interpreted as a separation of God and state. The reason is simple. Most of them understood, at least intuitively, that God is Reality, with a capital R. The idea of separating public policy from God would have been inexplicable to the founders, since it means separating the mind from Reality.

Such a surrender of logic and reason, as has been seen in our post-Christian culture, has resulted in utter confusion as to who and what we are in the world. Actually, insanity is now the norm with regard to sex, gender, and human dignity.

Today’s culture of confusion is a culture of arrogance. It shows how far modern man has turned to himself as the measure of all things. Rather than looking externally for definition and the moral compass that gives meaning, direction, and purpose to all things, modern post-Christian man creates his own meaning, defines his own purpose, and makes his own code of morality.

The result is insanity. Rather than submitting to Reality, people are defining themselves as their disordered desires dictate. So, if a woman identifies as a man, she’s a man. If a boy says he’s a girl, his parents are apt to declare he’s now a girl. If a pregnant woman wants her baby, she declares it a baby. If she doesn’t, the baby is a merely a product of conception or a mass of cells. There is little understanding of the marital meaning of the body, without which none of us would exist.

Further, Reality is Trinitarian – as Lover, Beloved, and Love. It is the exemplar of the family, which is father, mother, and child – the foundation of society and every civilization. The more we reflect triadic relational love, the more real we are.

Separating God from society leads to great confusion, self-abuse, and a disdain for truth. It leads directly to a culture of death that cannot be sustained for too much longer. The Communist Chinese know this. The Islamists know this. And most pertinently, the devil knows this.

Like a painting exists only at the pleasure of the artist, and receives fully its meaning from him, so too do we derive our reality from God. Therefore, while separating civil governance from church affairs is a Constitutional mandate, separating God from state is, literally, insanity.

Paul is producer and host of Beneath the Surface video and radio podcasts, teaches philosophy & theology, is a staff writer/producer for St. Michael’s Media. He’s also a singer-songwriter-musician. See his website at and E-mail him at

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12 Responses to Losing Touch with Reality ~ BENEATH THE SURFACE with PAUL MURANO

  1. Brian Westley Reply

    April 2, 2021 at 11:36 AM

    You seem to want a theocracy. No thanks.

  2. Paul Murano

    paulmur4 Reply

    April 3, 2021 at 12:42 PM

    i don’t want that. Nor do I want an atheocracy.

  3. Brian Westley Reply

    April 4, 2021 at 7:36 PM

    You are against separating “(your) God and state”, and you state that your god is reality. Sounds like a theocracy to me.

  4. Paul Murano

    paulmur4 Reply

    April 17, 2021 at 4:42 PM

    A theocracy is having a Constitution written by, and the state run by, by a religious denomination. What I’m suggesting is that when individuals separate eternal Reality from earthly temporal life, the latter loses all its meaning. Because the western world has been attempting this for the past several decades, we have entered what will be known as the age of insanity.

    • Brian Westley Reply

      April 17, 2021 at 5:05 PM

      You want your god (and only YOUR god) to not be separated from the state. That’s a theocracy (a form of government in which a deity of some type is recognized as the supreme ruling authority).

  5. Paul Murano

    paulmur4 Reply

    May 1, 2021 at 8:04 AM

    Unfortunately, you keep missing the point. What I want is not in question. What occurs is. When society separates itself from God (‘mine’, yours, or anyone else’s is not at issue), people no longer understand the most basic tenets of reality — that there are two sexes, that both sexes are complimentary to the other for a definite purpose, that human life is inviolable, that certain behaviors are perversion of human nature, etc. And because they’ve rejected the Light that enables them to see reality as it is, they depend on government and other human powers (the media, academia, etc.) to define reality for them — which, as we see today is very dangerous. It’s sad.

    • Brian Westley Reply

      May 1, 2021 at 11:49 AM

      Sorry, that doesn’t “occur” in real life, only in your imagination. And you still want YOUR religion to determine what laws are imposed on everyone.

      By the way, what sex is someone who is XXY? What sex is a hermaphrodite?

  6. Paul Murano

    paulmur4 Reply

    May 18, 2021 at 6:54 PM

    I’m up to speed on intersex hermaphroditism and conditions like Klinefelter, Chapelle and Jacobs syndromes. These are rare anomalies that have always existed, and not part of the insanity that is present today – with people believing they can create their own reality. I want reason to inform laws. The sad truth that’s been illustrated in the past 50 years is that when you lose touch with God you no longer value reason. In fact, you run from it.

    • Brian Westley Reply

      May 18, 2021 at 7:01 PM

      Sorry, “reason” and claiming you know what laws your god wants are mutually exclusive.

      And you haven’t answered my question — if “there are two sexes”, what sex is someone who is XXY? What sex is a hermaphrodite? You can’t just say they’re rare anomalies, since you claim there are ONLY two sexes, so everyone must be one or the other, so which is it? It’s very important to know what public restroom they’d use, right? So someone has to make that determination.

  7. Paul Murano

    paulmur4 Reply

    June 16, 2021 at 7:45 PM

    You certainly can say they’re rare anomalies, just like you can say humanity is a two-armed species even though some people are born with only one arm. Likewise, the rare anomaly of intersex disorder doesn’t negate humanity being a two-sex species. The point is a red herring, detracting from the point that we live in a post-reason world, where people futilely attempt to create their own realities.

    • Brian Westley Reply

      June 17, 2021 at 7:56 PM

      I’d say people know that not everyone has two arms, but it would be silly to insist that people can ONLY have two arms, which is analogous to your insistence about sex.

      • Paul Murano

        paulmur4 Reply

        June 27, 2021 at 9:33 AM

        Since that has already been refuted in my last post, there’s no reason to respond.

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