Western culture has shaped the church in many ways. Quite possibly the most “profound and subtle way” is that the church has come to “tacitly and explicitly” accept the dualism that is at the heart of modernity, according to …Read more
Contemporary Christianity has been shaped profoundly by the modern assumption that all religion is to be restricted to the personal and private realms of life. Christianity has not disappeared. Rather, it has been relocated with the result that …Read more
A recent article in Cosmopolitan should make a Minnesota mother, a lawyer, the poster child for our contemporary therapeutic culture. According to sociologist Philip Rieff, in a therapeutic understanding of the world, there is “nothing at stake beyond a …Read more
Yes, what Bruce Jenner has done is as profoundly American. It advances a strain of American culture clearly articulated in the late 1800s by Walt Whitman’s epic poem, Song of Myself: “I Celebrate myself, and sing myself, …Read more
The secular assault on the Christianity is, in essence, a project of banishing Christian practice to the private lives of believers. You can keep your Christianity if you reduce it to ideas, feelings, and experiences.
But the ferocity of …Read more
“If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist” is a taken-for-granted axiom of our age. It is part of everyday thinking as well as a key component in medical and other forms of research. It has played an …Read more
“Privately engaging, socially irrelevant” is how one sociologist describes privatized Christianity. Things of faith are restricted to the Christian’s personal life. Faith is left at home and at church and not taken into the public arena.
Religion doesn’t …Read more