9/9/2008--The most recent issue of the Journal of the
Stout’s perspective seems remarkably out-of-date for so influential and accomplished an academic. As readers of this blog know well, there is a renaissance of religiously tinged secularism going on. What about Jurgen Habermas (Between Naturalism and Religion), Susan Neiman (Moral Clarity) and James C. Edwards (The Plain Sense of Things), who are describing a secularism open to religious insights? What about scientists like Simon Conway Morris (Life’s Solution) and Stuart Kauffman (Reinventing the Sacred) who are expressing openness to the transcendent?
I intend to contact Stout and try to enter into dialogue with him about Hallowed Secularism. It would be helpful if the people with the most to gain from rapprochement between religion and secularism, like Stout, would recognize the beginnings of new trends in secularism. It is by no means the case that all secularism aims to minimize the influence of religion.