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date: 21 January 2019

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This chapter seeks to explore three ways in which a sacramental understanding of the world might help theologians, and the church more generally, respond to changes in the wider intellectual climate. First, there is the collapse of the traditional arguments for God’s existence; secondly, the move away from dualism and any strong notion of the mind already inhabiting the same immaterial world as God; finally, there is the cultural conditioning of all thought, including in the life of Jesus. In all three cases it is suggested that a sacramental approach could provide an effective linking of this world and God’s, for example in the second case by substituting for a soul already in an immaterial world metaphor and sacrament as bridging concepts that can take us well beyond where we now are.

Keywords: arguments for God’s existence, cultural conditioning, dualism, T. S. Eliot, Eucharist, Farrer, Ruskin, sacramentality

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