Category Archives: Religion and Culture

Curators of Our Lifetime Journeys: A New Form of Spirituality?

The last few years I’ve been acquainting myself with the writings of a British religious philosopher named Don Cupitt.  An ordained Anglican priest, Cupitt was once known as a theologian, but following his drift away from conventional Christianity, he now … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins and the Decline of Christianity

I read with great interest this morning that the great evolutionary biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has warned Europe, the cradle of both Christendom and Western Civilization, not to abandon Christianity wholesale. As Dawkins sees it, Christianity, compared with Islam, … Continue reading

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The Creaky Scaffolding of the West

Evangelical Christians have labored for decades under the assumption that they can reclaim, piece by piece, the secular culture of the West through active engagement with it. Like Sisyphus and his stone, millions of Christians, despite setback after setback, remain … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Elusive Quest: A Post-Theistic Faith

I admire much of the theology of Rabbi Irwin Kula. He has settled on a view of religion that apparently closely resembles mine.  He regards religion is a form of technology. Kula envisions the 3,500-year-old Jewish faith as being in … Continue reading

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The “Death of God” and the Scramble for a New Moral Order

A social media discussion about Patrick Deneen’s new book on the future of liberalism prompted some thoughts about the loss of faith that has occurred within the West over the last couple of centuries. I think I’ve shared this account … Continue reading

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Saving Revolutions with Mid-Course Corrections

As an amateur student of history, the thought has occurred to me that all great secular and religious movements transition from a founding to a kind shoring up mode – an essential mid-course correction, an attempt, often a desperate one, … Continue reading

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Pentecostalism as the Second Protestant Reformation

A few years ago, I followed a fascinating social media discussion about the use of icons in the Eastern Orthodox tradition. Orthodox Christians regard images of Christ and the Apostles blessed by a priest as representing the actual presence of … Continue reading

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