Peter Berger on Habermas

Here is a sharp article.  European thought forms a background for what filters through our universities.  During my formal education it was existentialism.  More recently it has been post-modernism.  Like many Americans, Peter Berger scratches his head.

Anyway, I appreciate this article for Berger’s writing more than for an interest in Habermas.  Note the delightful phrase, “neo-Marxist philo-Godders.” Think Bible scholars Norman Gottwald and Richard Horsely.  Also, I love the thought experiment about tobacco.

Besides that, I do agree with both Berger and Habermas that Christianity (and Judaism) challenge magical thinking by upholding the freedom of God to stand over against and refuse our desires.  Prayer is not magic.  Comment #3 only applies to believers who misunderstand their own faith.  Of course, there are some of those.  It is New Age spirituality, not Christianity that really returns to magical thinking.


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I have many interests, but will blog mostly about what I read in the fields of Bible and religion.
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