Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World
I have been re-reading Jonathan R. Wilson's little book on Alisdair MacIntyre's After Virtue, and I have enjoyed getting out my copy of After Virtue and trying to understand what MacIntyre says about the "failure of the Enlightenment project" and the importance of practices. MacIntyre's book was published in 1981, and it is one of the seminal works in philosophy. I like the way Wilson uses MacIntyre's book as a way to stimulate theological reflection and point to the importance of practices for the Christian faith in a fragmented world, especially as those practices pertain to monasticism. Wilson helps us, through MacIntyre's work, to take the discussion about ministry and evangelism to a very different level. I can see why this little book has started a wider conversation about mission in a post-Christendom context in the West.