Although the news has come and gone, it’s still fascinating to note the the New Statesman’s theological language surrounding the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong.

Picking up on our cultural zeitgeist and worship of “modern gods,” the New Statesman writes,

Every age has its deities. The medieval mindset placed its blind faith in God. The Enlightenment anointed reason and science. Our own age has indulged a pseudoscientific cult of willpower: the deification of determination. At its best, it is a questionable creed. At its worst, it suggests that all losers must also be weaklings.

Perhaps the soteriology of deification never really left the western Latin Church. Like the gradual shift of the holy into the nation state, as William Cavanaugh argues, deification simply “migrated” into the cult of western individualism.