So how might a secular parent answer
their children when it comes to
the basic questions of life and death?
This opinion piece, Why We Never Die,
from the pages of The New York Times --
which is an advocacy journal for the
secular, progressive, left-wing of American
political and cultural life -- gives us a
glimpse at the contours of secular thinking
In a word, secular thinking about death is
no more rational than faithful thinking.
We live on in others, through our legacy,
in the memories of our intense moments
together. In other words, once you work
past the writer's confusion between the
individual facing death and that same
individual's impact on those around him,
you get to reality: we do not live on.
I explained death to my son,
Michael, one Resurrection Sunday many
years ago in terms less soothing
than the New York Times philosopher: The Dead Do Not Return.
That's why a Christ-following faith
anchored in the resurrection of Jesus
doesn't make sense.
It makes a new world.
The Future of Death is that it is defeated.
Not in the technological sense that the
problem of death is fixed, but in the sense
that a song of a new creation
rises from the cloud of mystery.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND ART
Mutated flowers that can bite pedestrians?
Kelp covering street signs in the Seattle of the future? Check out the Gardens of the Anthropocene,
a combination of art and Pokemon Go.
I recently heard a young leader state that
climate change is the most critical human
rights issue of our lifetime.
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