Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Journal Entry #3 (Smith, 79-121)
In this specific selection from James K. A. Smith's How (Not) To Be Secular, he discusses the development of the secular age in which we live. Humanity has continued to gravitate towards a strong sense of individualism, rather than the notion of authority. Due to the fact we're living in the Age of Authenticity, where the institution of religion has been reduced in favor of an expression of individual identity. Therefore, individuals begin to adopt a wide array of "spins" (in which we cannot consider the plausibility of other ideas) and "takes" (in which we are able to consider the plausibility of other ideas). Furthermore, humanity exists within closed world structures, which are aspects of common culture that tip our immanent frame towards a closed construal. It is extremely difficult for individuals to be involved in a debate or a discussion because of our innate desire to always be right; however, the field of philosophy effectively fixes this issue. With its logical, organized approach to fundamental problems plaguing the general public, philosophy strives to study the nature of existence, knowledge and reality and to resolve the problems plaguing mainstream society. By taking a step back and examining a secular age from a neutral perspective, I wholeheartedly believe we can come together to make a better world not only for ourselves, but for future generations to come.