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A Secular Age: The Calvin Seminar: More than Subtraction: Premodern “Obstacles to Unbelief”

“The rise of modernity isn’t just a story of loss, of subtraction” (26). It’s not just that God is lost in a disenchanted world; it’s also that God is replaced by “exclusive humanism” (26). And if “Man” comes to replace “God,” then “modern humanism…had to produce some substitute for agape” (27).

So the “story” of the shift from medievalism to our “secular age” is not just a story of dis-enchantment but also a story about the emergence of “exclusive humanism” as an alternative option (28).

via A Secular Age: The Calvin Seminar: More than Subtraction: Premodern “Obstacles to Unbelief”.

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