Christianity and Modernity
Chapter Five With Modern Integrity In the previous two chapters we have discussed some of the most promi- nent contemporary problems with religion in general and Christianity in particular. In doing so we have seen partly why, if it is to continue to play the central role in human understanding that it has played for centuries, it needs reconstruction. This is mainly for two reasons. First, it is because it can no longer be used to justify group self interest in any way. This includes its being appropriated in the name of violence. Second, because it can no longer cling to long outmoded world-views. By this latter we mean views which pre-date Post-enlightenment modernity as we have defined it. Ones, that is, which now even embrace downright superstition and incredulity. In other words, as we now turn our attention to understanding reasons why, in spite of all this, Christianity need still not be beyond belief we will see why, alongside other religions in their dif ferent ways, it is still a powerful source of wisdom in the modern world. We have referred often in passing to the need to understand religion, so to speak, ‘from below’. The simple reason for this is because that is the way we have to understand everything else. We have to begin from where we are. There is simply nowhere else to begin from. Most people instinctively know this. This is, of course, why they are also equally no longer religious. They might well want...
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