This second set of theological essays are broad applications of this manner and style of theology. They discuss a renewed understanding of the Christian vision which aligns with human experience and science, as well as the best of human religious imagination inspired by vigorous mythopoesis. It also applies insights from Historical Jesus scholarship, hermeneutics, and cutting edge textual scholarship, along with personalist anthropology, and various forms of phenomenological and postmodern thinking.
The result is something of a Christian Humanism, one that moves beyond abstract metaphysics, poorly grounded supernatural claims, and magical thinking, while offering a vigorous, beautiful proclamation and defense of human dignity that opposes the dehumanizing forces of empire, secularism, and nihilism. This Christian Humanism retains what’s central and vital to the Christian tradition, operating in what Brian Mclaren has described as a broad and generous orthodoxy.