Good questions from Dr. Haym Soloveitchik’s article “Religious Law and Change”:
When is an unreflecting faith “religiosity,” and when is it philistinism? When is cowering before a hideous death simply a failure of nerve, and when does it betoken a weakness of the spirit? When is a series of breaches – just that, and when does it signify erosion? When does a mute cry for help arise from an inability to cope, and when from a lack of will to cope? When is a refusal to live life as freely and fully as sanctioned by the law a mark of religious intuition, and when is it a misplaced, foolish piety?
How one views contemporary reality is (obviously) reflected in how one reacts to such phenomena, and whether one shows sympathy or revulsion.