In these essays, I explore the reality of Western culture having entered a post-secular, post-Christian period. Various intellectual trends formed during the Enlightenment have secularized the culture, particularly naturalism.
Most religious traditions have not risen to the occasion, choosing to cling to outdated theologies, methods, and thinking, rather than properly respond to the challenge by updating their intellectual foundations to align with postmodern reality.
The subsequent essays are broad applications of this manner and style of theology. They discuss a renewed understanding of the religious 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 sociology, hermeneutics, and textual scholarship, along with personalist anthropology, and various forms of phenomenological and postmodern thinking.
The result is an understanding of religion 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 newer understanding of religion retains what’s central and vital to the various traditions, while operating in a manner consistent with postmodern thinking.