6 comments on “Culture and the Death of God

  1. I’ve been listening to his Firth Lectures and wonder if you understood what he was saying at the end, the importance of the crucified body and the resurrection. And how does this feed into his own beliefs? Or is it impossible to tell? I know I should read the book if I really want to learn what he’s saying, but still I’d love to hear what you say on this.

  2. Hi Seev, certainly rebirth (or twice-born) is the metaphor he uses (I mention it earlier in the review) for enlightenment, his specific enlightenment conclusion is to recognise human “solidarity” as the moral compass worth holding – on faith. His common thread is that this is a Judaeo-Christian message that arises in many philosophies before and since, sometimes acknowledged, sometimes intentional if disguised and sometimes unrecognised in the underlying culture from which a given philosophy arises. He doesn’t major on his specific theistic or religious beliefs other than this.

  3. Thanks very much for that, Ian. He’s recognizing human “solidarity” to be held on faith? Clearly I should read the book. Listening to his lecture was difficult enough. I was a little put off at the end when in answering someone’s question about the Big Bang and our origins he just put this off quickly as not important. Did I get this right? Isn’t the whole question of origins, multiverse yes or no, first cause, etc., important? Or, perhaps human solidarity is in fact more important. We can’t answer those questions anyway?

  4. The Big Bang as the “origin” of the universe is not important, because it’s not real and not a question we can answer. I said something about these previously reading Larry Krauss – “Something from (almost) Nothing” and Mersini-Houghton on “Before the Big Bang”. (Coincidentally both of whom are at the Hay on Wye festival this May). I can’t imagine Eagleton having anything positive to say about cosmic physics in the context of moral philosophy. (I’ll dig up the Krauss and Mersini-Houghton links.)

  5. Of course! Eagleton is talking about moral philosophy, not cosmic physics or the problem of origins. Thanks for reminding me of that. And thanks, too, for your links to Krauss and Mersini-Houghton. I actually read these sometime in the past. Your site has been an absolute wonder for me and I’ve always found most everything here fascinating. Recently I’ve been reading, or trying to read, the Cape Town Cosmologist/Physicist George F. R. Ellis who claims there is not any real scientific evidence for the multiverse. Here’s a link to a talk he gave at a workshop in 2012: http://workshops.aei.mpg.de/nicolai60th/proceedings/Ellis.pdf

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