21 February 2006

interesting essay

interesting essay

Over at The New Pantagruel, Dan Knauss offers this thoughtful essay: "Christian Humanism, Past and Present."

As he notes, he wrote it a number of years ago, before The New Pantagruel "was a living reality, but in retrospect it contains a lot of the ideas" that make the online journal what it is.

Dan's essay provides what he hopes to be a helpful and accurate corrective to some ways in which modern and postmodern thinkers have narrated the history of the west, particularly their linking of Renaissance humanism with later Enlightenment thought and its ongoing effects. He spends considerable time on Erasmus, but eventually moves into a discussion of "sacrament as sign" and Baudrillard's postmodern critique of signs. In light of this discussion, Dan offers Christian humanism as a response to the modern-postmodern problematic.