Man, fundamentally a creature of worship, has always felt the need to worship something. If it has not been the true and living God then it has been a corrupted, changed version of God. This is clearly seen in the epistle to the Romans, where we are described as having changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen (Rom 1:25). Such a solemn insight into the human race has been validated through the various idolatrous cultures and ideological blueprints of history, but the root cause remains the same: sin, ie. missing the mark and rebelling against God.
The current form of false worship in the West is perhaps a worship of the so-called scientific method, or faculty of reason. Western man, in his headlong rush into reasoned and reason-less folly and error, has decided that by applying a tool useful only for observable, repeatable laboratory tests, he can peer into the unfathomable dimensions of the mind, the heart, the conscience, the soul, even God. Of course the insane pride of this project has logically had to do away with these selfsame concepts, and treat the human as robot or human as animal. The result? No wisdom, only sorrow (Ecc 1:18).
Moreover, under the creed of evolutionary progress, all that counts is moving the human race forward; if this means killing babies, encouraging perversions, licensing suicides then so be it. Western man will have his way, even if the wages of such sinful activities = death (Rom 6: 23). But why does God allow it? Well, as the Holy Spirit speaks through Paul, What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory (Rom 9:22-23).
In other words, soli Deo Gloria.