Category Archives: Religious Faith

Network Binding and the Course of Human History

The naysayers among us may be right: We Homo sapiens may indeed be on the verge of destroying our planet and ourselves over the long run, but we remain singular creatures, at least, in one sense. Unlike every previous hominin … 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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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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Science Fiction as Improvised Religion

Within the last couple of centuries, science fiction has served humanity as part searchlight, part sentinel, part prophetic voice. Originally known as “fantastic fiction” and “speculative fiction,” this artistic genre – genre almost seems an understatement in this context – … Continue reading

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