Archive for June 14th, 2007

Politics, Protestantism, Postmodernism, and Agape

June 14, 2007

Here’s Laura Miller reviewing Terry Eagleton’s new book, The Meaning of Life. Miller is my favorite book reviewer, edging out Sven Birkerts, and Eagleton is an uncommonly good writer with a sharp wit, so this was a promising combination. Sure enough, it’s a really interesting review.

I don’t have all that much to say about it that isn’t in the review itself (which, if you’re wondering, is not very long). I thought it might be of interest here because of where it fetches up — the ethics of agape — and because it ties together a set of interesting ideas in a really interesting way.

Also, I thought I’d link to it because Eagleton’s book (if Miller’s review is accurate) is a good example of how to offer a non-religious argument for public policy that’s consistent with one’s own religious beliefs.* This is something I’ve harped on occasionally, here’bouts, as being important in Christian ethics, so I though it might be useful to link to an example.

I’ll be interested to hear what the Houseflies think.

* It should be noted, as Miller does, that Eagleton is no longer religious. Nonetheless, he is talking about an idea — agape — that is still rooted in his Catholic upbringing, which he still values.