What Secularization Did to the Self

According to one history of secularization, we owe our very selves to it. As C. S. Lewis’s god-haunted protagonist in Till We Have Faces exclaims to the deities, “There’s no room for you and us in the same world. You’re a tree in whose shadow we can’t thrive. We want to be our own.” According … Lire la suite

Scripture and Transformation in Ancient Christian Anthropologies

Whatever we think of Origen today, his commitment to the Scripture is undeniable. He is known for his allegorical approach to biblical interpretation. Unlike other Christian theologians of his time, he studied the Hebrew language and consulted rabbinic interpretations of the Jewish Scriptures. Yet, beyond these commonly known facts, there was a kind of holistic … Lire la suite

Don’t Look Up: When the End Is Nigh

SPOILER WARNING: Movie spoilers ahead! Netflix’s Don’t Look Up is a masterpiece of sorts—it has an all-star cast and is funny, thought-provoking, interesting, poignant, reflective, and timely. It also has the honor of instigating another shared cultural moment as many Americans have watched this trending movie at the end of the holiday season, when the … Lire la suite

Iris Murdoch as a Source for Moral Theology

Background: Iris Murdoch Iris Murdoch was an atheist and a Platonist moral philosopher who taught at Oxford from 1948-1963 before retiring to spend the rest of her life writing racy novels. At first glance, she seems an unlikely candidate to offer a fresh vision of moral theology to Catholic thinkers. Indeed, she lived a worldly … Lire la suite

God Is Dead and Jesus Christ Killed Him

After Christ’s apocalyptic entrance into the arena of history, history becomes the dramatic battleground of desire centred around the scandal of the mystery of the Cross. Christ’s appearance upon the world-stage inaugurates a counter-desire which is opposed to the violently tangled-tongues of humanity’s insatiable lust for power and violence. Yes—upon the Cross—God dies. But this … Lire la suite

When the Fear of God Leaves a Society

Blessed are those who fear the Lord!—Psalm 128 The fool hath said in his heart, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1, 53:1). This Psalm passage is familiar to any reader of Anselm’s Proslogion. It is therefore associated very directly with the ontological argument for the existence of God and for many has no other association. The … Lire la suite

Childhood and the Dangers of the Storied Self

Stanley Hauerwas rejected the Kantian foundation of ethical systems, and the concomitant scientific understanding of “rationality,” that construes the ratio of moral agency as one of choosing a discrete course of action over another in his 1977 essay, “From System to Story”[1]: It is our contention that the tendency of modern ethical theory to find … Lire la suite

A Patristic Critique of Political Economy

Eugene McCarraher, in a prophetic voice that captures the deranged spirit of the age (and the Partristic critique of it), writes in his The Enchantments of Mammon: The grotesque ontology of scarcity and money, the tawdry humanism of acquisitiveness and conflict, the reduction of rationality to the mercenary principles of pecuniary reason—this ensemble of falsehoods that … Lire la suite