Paul writes – Worth a look I’m told is a lecture by James K A. Smith – although I haven’t been able to see the whole thing because our broadband (speed and quality) is really bad – indeed I haven’t been able to see very much of it! I gave up downloading it with 4 hours 10 minutes remaining:
The title for the lecture is:
Beyond A/Theism: Postmodernity and the Future of God
“What is the place for religion in our postmodern society, if any? While new atheists spar with fundamentalisms of various stripes over concerns of exclusivity and violence, there has been a quieter proposal for a “pure” postmodern religion offered by figures as diverse as Jacques Derrida and Mark Johnston. These voices suggest a religion purified of particulars (dogma, institutions, authoritative texts), offering us an alternate hope. But is such a proposal “postmodern” enough, or is there better way to understand God in our conflicted time?”
You will find the video here. Scroll down to the second video on the page. If you click the Vimeo icon, it'll take you to their website and you can watch it full screen there. It's best to let the whole talk load before you watch to get the highest quality viewing. Using the online option also works if you'd like to project the video for a crowd.