Tag: Modernism


Church and Enchantment


When I compared the church services of the Christian Reformed Church I went to as a child with the Anglican, Roman Catholic and Greek Orthodox Church, I didn't understand why a graphic I found in a textbook said that my church, with respect to the presence of the Spirit within...

“A Prayer for Owen Meany” — “The Angel”


Before I get into chapter 3 in A Prayer for Owen Meany, I wanted to point out the pattern of rebirth that is built into the structure of the novel. Tabitha Wheelwright’s death is recounted in the first chapter, but in the following chapters we meet and get to know the...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Armadillo”


The novel, A Prayer for Owen Meany presents a clash of worldviews. Owen sees and understands the world in a much different way than do the young Johnny and the other characters in the novel. The key difference is that Owen is not as strongly influenced by modern secularism as...

A Prayer for Owen Meany — “The Foul Ball”


A Prayer for Owen Meany is narrated by the adult John Wheelwright. As he tells the story of how Owen Meany is responsible for his belief in the Christian God, he regularly breaks into the narrative commenting on his life in the present, often on his current spiritual struggles ....

A Prayer for Owen Meany — Introduction


My favourite book is A Prayer for Owen Meany. It's really funny. It is one of those books that can't be read in bed because your unsuccessfully-stifled laughter will make it impossible for your spouse to sleep. It offers the full range of humour, from ridiculous situations through extraordinary characters...

Conversation with a Textbook


You won't believe what this textbook said. This is a conversation I had with a few pages of the new edition of  "Pathways," a Social Studies textbook used in grade 8 classes.  The section was called "Religion and Civilizations." Me: Since you are written for use in public schools, it...

Made for Freedom?


When I got married, I was no longer free.  I couldn't play League of Legends whenever I wanted.  I couldn't eat chicken wings in bed.  I had to tell my wife that I was going down to the store to get a jug of milk. But I don't mind.  Not at...

Christian Modernism? Modern Christianism?


We just can't escape the modern worldview.  The term "worldview" is itself a product of the modern worldview. The modern worldview sees the world in terms of clear boundaries between categories.  Well, one of the most cherished categorical distinctions is between subject and object.  Implicit in the term worldview is the division...

The Story of Human Rights


While driving to one lecture, I was listening to another.  The one I was listening to was delivered by A. C. Grayling on CBC's Ideas. This was the first of eight "Fragile Freedoms" lectures held at the not yet officially opened Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg (listen here)....

The Modern Worldview


Lesslie Newbigin's book, Foolishness to the Greeks, changed my life.  I don't remember a lot of the specifics, but by reading this book I came to realize that I was looking at the world through some very thick and tinted lenses.  Everyone looks at the world through the metaphorical spectacles of a worldview....