Posts Tagged ‘Modern society’

Contemporary belief

Monday, October 10th, 2022
contemporary belief

“Faith seeking understanding” is a good definition of belief. Faith is our experience of God and belief is our attempt to express that experience in words and symbols. When we attempt to describe our experiences of God, we necessarily express ourselves in the symbols, words, and rituals that are products of our culture. All of Read more

What can reformations teach us about the future?

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

As Zhou Enlai supposedly said about the French Revolution, we can’t assess the legacy of the Reformation because it is too soon to tell. In fact, it is still going on. The biggest religious stories of our times—the stories of retreat and resurgence—are both outworkings of the Reformation. Retreat The industrialised, liberal West is living Read more

What’s natural law all about?

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Catholics talk about natural law, but what’s it all about? Basically, it’s a system of principles that guides human life in accordance with our nature and our good, insofar as those can be known by natural reason. It thereby promotes life the way it evidently ought to be, based on what we are and how Read more

Doctor Who avoids modern scepticism, unlike Christianity

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

I am fascinated by how Doctor Who slips under the radar of contemporary scepticism in a way that Christianity doesn’t. Perhaps its simply because it doesn’t assert itself as being true. The Bible is extremely weird in places: monsters with horns on their horns, men wrestling with angels, devils entering pigs, floods covering the whole Earth, people Read more

Modernisation and Secularism

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

In the western experience modernisation and secularism come in a single package.  “Real modernity must be democratic, runs the logic; and real democracy must be secular” says Lois Lee. However, outside of Europe, modernity is emerging without secularism. In modernised India for example the organisation of public space and the place of religion in it is quite different. The historian Dipesh Read more

Combat secularisation together

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

A Jesuit priest has called for the establishment of a General Ecumenical Council to bring all Christian Churches together, and eventually all religions, in order to face together the challenge of the secularisation of society. Fr Michael MacGreil told the Irish Catholic that with the current state of religion in the world and the advance of Read more