How can I live out the implications of the gospel in the whole of my life? This is a question which drives much of my thinking and writing here on Glocal Christianity and which again and again leads me back to considering truth, goodness and beauty.
Truth, goodness and beauty are fundamental categories of human experience. How do we understand the world? What do we value in life? How do we experience the world? In seeking to answer these questions we must face the flip side too. There is so much uncertainty, injustice and ugliness in the world – and our lives – how do we respond to that? How might the life, death and resurrection of Jesus transform our perspective and response to these things?
This is what leads me to focus on issues like doubt, pluralism and alternative worldviews (truth), war, sexuality and the environment (goodness), art, symbol and ritual (beauty). Believe it or not, there is a method to my madness.
Philosophically we could talk about epistemology, aesthetics and ethics but we need to be careful not to get lost in abstraction. I need to be careful. This stuff is as real as it gets. The response of God – the crucifixion – is as real as it gets. While I seek understanding, even more I seek to know, how can I live a life that is more authentic, more just, more attuned to the sublime? How might the gospel inform my journey?
I thought I’d write this just to give you a glimpse at some of the deeper questions that drive me here and how it all fits together.