Really interesting piece by Oliver Burkeman in the Guardian Weekend magazine this week. Burkeman is reviewing David Zahl's new book, Seculosity.
There is so much that is quotable here, I haven’t read David Zahl’s book Seculosity, and I’m not familiar with the Christian website mentioned Mockingbird so I can’t comment on them yet but there are some great thoughts here to engage with. As a starter for ten how about this:
‘Our problem is that we’re not simply trying to do good work, build good families or get good politicians elected. Deep down, we’re using these things to try to achieve salvation.’
Interestingly Zahl has made up three words which are intriguing and insightful:
Almost everyone, these days, treats something or other as a religion.
To fill the void left by religion, we look to all sorts of everyday activities—from eating and parenting to dating and voting—for the meaning once provided on Sunday morning – we turned other things including atheism into a religion.
We suffer from performancism - the idea that who we are is defined by what we do.
Enoughness never comes. There is a hunger to find the feeling of peace to answer the sense of something missing within.
There is an honesty too, that Christians can seek their enoughness from the wrong places as well but that forgiveness and grace are the ultimate key to finding enoughness in the truest way.
Seculosity, Performancism and Enoughness, I can see all 3 words coming to sermon near you soon!