Monday, June 02, 2003

I've been doing a lot of thinking, and plan to do some writing, on how belief is (in part) socially constructed, including how belief (in the markets, individualism, self-redemption, etc.) is disseminated in American culture. So I'm wondering about this quote from Os Guinness I found in an old issue of B&C (see this too). Do you think it's true?

"Of the roughly 20 civilizations in the course of human history, if you take on Toynbee's reckoning, Western secular civilization is the first that has no agreed-on answer to what is the meaning of individual life."

More on looking for meaning in life in Chapter 1 of my book in progress and tracing the social roots of belief in my letter to an athiest

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