Posts Tagged ‘individualism’

Authentic alternative needed to our individualist culture

Monday, September 13th, 2021
individualistic culture

“On Religion: Speeches to its Cultured Despisers”. In 1799 this seminal blast against rationalist critiques of Christianity appeared in English, written by a German theologian with the improbable name of Schleiermacher, or veil maker. It is ironic that we seem to be right back there today. And I’ve really had it. I’m sick to the Read more

Why we must build a new civic covenant

Monday, April 19th, 2021

The age of individualism is passing. The past 50 years in the West saw a celebration of unfettered freedom. Citizens on both sides of the Atlantic were encouraged to liberate themselves from the relational constraints of family, history and even nature. Now Covid-19 has highlighted our mutual dependence on one another and a desire for community. President Read more

Martin Luther and the advent of the self

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The anniversary observed by many Protestants as Reformation Day (October 31st) has a special significance this year, since it will be 500 years since Martin Luther launched the Protestant Reformation in Germany by sending his famous 95 theses to the Archbishop of Mainz. Luther may also have posted his manifesto, following academic tradition, on the Read more

Men and women are different, and so should be their marriage vows

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Marriage really matters. Thank God we are talking about it. As Professor Patrick Parkinson said in these pages last week, marriage is ”by far the most stable, safe and nurturing relationship in which to raise children”. However, fewer people are choosing marriage as a way of relating to someone of the opposite sex and fewer Read more