Only Human

There seems to be a fundamental division within the very idea of humanity. On the one hand, the word connotes the best of what our species can do and be: People who embrace the idea that we are 'the measure of all things' are called “humanists;” areas of study that explore our creativity and wisdom are … Continue reading Only Human

Toward an Integral Hermeneutic: Integrating

We are truly in a unique position in history. Just think about it: at any given moment most us have access to essentially the entirety of human knowledge, often right in our front pocket. This kind of access to the wisdom of the whole world has historically been simply unthinkable. This state of affairs clearly … Continue reading Toward an Integral Hermeneutic: Integrating

Toward an Integral Hermeneutic: Growth-Oriented

The first post in this series introduced four characteristics I think are vital for a hermeneutical approach 'after postmodernism': It must be growth-oriented, holistic, integrating, and inclusive of complexity. This post will focus on the first of these characteristics. I’ve written a lot already in this space about growth and why I think it’s important … Continue reading Toward an Integral Hermeneutic: Growth-Oriented

The Shadow Side of Growth

I love the metaphor of growth for discussing the spiritual life. From Psalm 1’s stunning image of the faithful person being “like a tree planted by streams of water,” whose leaf will not wither, and who will prosper, bearing forth fruit in its season; to the prophetic image of Israel as a vineyard; to John … Continue reading The Shadow Side of Growth