Modern Age Theology for the Seeker

In secularizing societies, being part of one specific religious, philosophical, or spiritual worldview is no longer taken for granted. Membership in many religious denominations is decreasing. People may not be willing to commit to one singular worldview, because they are not willing to limit themselves to one specific tradition, do not consider these traditions to be authoritative for their personal religious view, or because they do not want to commit themselves to a denomination. Yet, this does not necessarily imply an absence of interest in these traditions or in religion, philosophy, and spirituality at large.

Surprisingly, little systematic reflection has been done on this attitude of seeking. How can seeking be done in a coherent way? What reasons are there to adopt that attitude? Which ideas are implied by seeking, and which ideas or religious views are incoherent with that attitude?

It seems that what is needed is a theology for the seeker that systematically reflects on the coherence and implications of the seeker’s view and practices. This should be a theology that helps seekers to shape their search in a coherent and meaningful way, a theology that helps seekers to understand what they are doing and how they can do better and be more effective, especially if they are gathering or worshiping together. Such a theology is to be understood very broadly and does not necessarily include theist views only. The religious reflection of seekers may also consider non-theist worldviews and science, and therefore, a theology for the seeker should include those as well.


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