Closer Than You Think (The Trouble With Deconstruction)

Deconstruction is having a moment. There are podcasts and books galore about the process of deconstructing (usually damaging or negative) religious belief. Take one step back from deconstruction and you have the phenomenon of doubt in modern Christian writing. At some point in the last ten years, doubt began to be the prerequisite for an […]

Another Tragic Irony

Following on from the section of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age that we posted a couple weeks ago: We fight against injustices which cry out to heaven for vengeance. We are moved by a flaming indignation against these: racism, oppression, sexism, or leftist attacks on the family or Christian faith. This indignation comes to be fueled […]

The Janus Face of Lofty Humanism

Taken from page 687 of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age: In replacing the low and demeaning picture of human beings as depraved, inveterate sinners, in articulating the potential of human beings for goodness and greatness, humanism has not only given us the courage to act for reform, but also explains why this philanthropic action is […]

Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lion?

I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought people were joking at first with the whole #Cecilthelion fracas last week. I was traveling, so I only heard snippets of what had gotten people so upset. Once I realized they were serious, surely I was missing something. Alas, even after reading up on the admittedly […]

The Top (Mockingbird) Theology Books of 2014

Some years of theology publications are better than others, and to be honest the crop has not been so plentiful this year. But the books that have come out are pretty fantastic, and well worth a read. The Second Letter to the Corinthians by Mark Seifrid. This is not your normal commentary! Rather than retreading […]

Charles Taylor on the Obsession with Getting Ourselves to Act Right

A pretty stunning passage from philosopher Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age describing the 19th century slide that Christianity took into moralism, and how the natural endpoint of that slide is unbelief, ht KW: Perhaps the most important for our purposes was the protest against a narrowing of the ends of life to a code of […]