I believe that our culture is the reflection of our collective quest to understand our humanity and our relationship with the divine.
Our understandings of God play out in all sorts of texts. Scripture, sure — along with most everything else. Our theology is evidenced in the writings of our culture — both in novels and nonfiction.
We can discern our culture’s understanding of God through thoughtful and emotionally engaged examination of those texts. Close reads can give us glimpses of what God is doing in and through culture’s story. Reading culture helps us understand God.
For Christians, it can help to compare and contrast these understandings with what early theologians called “two books” of God — Scripture and Nature. Or we might say, the Bible and Life.
In this section, you’ll find everything bookish and literature-related:
I hope that the words and resources on this site help you engage your culture in ways that expand and deepen your experience of whatever you’re reading. I hope to help you learn to read all texts as a means to understand God. I hope to help your understanding of God be influenced by what you read, and help your daily life to be infused with an awareness of the divine presence. I hope to help you metabolize the narratives that are shaping your life through interpreting what they reveal about our humanity and our God.