Post-Christian Spirituality

Bernice Martin has written: “The so-called New Atheists [Dawkins, Hitchens and Co] may be the current darlings of the media, but even the burnt-over ground of the secular West sports a surprisingly vigorous growth of ‘post-Christian spirituality’; the ‘religion question’ has returned to discourses that seemed to have finished with it. Philosophers detect limits to the empire of Kantian reason, Julia Kristeva claims that without ‘this incredible need to believe’ we could not acquire language. Also [ some authors argue that] the arts, long thought to be heirs to religion’s vacant throne, turn out to be pervaded by God even through his supposed absence. Popular culture, too, is full of invocations of the transcendent”.

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