An epic of metamodern spirituality, this book-length poem tackles issues related to the fraught quest for meaning in the contemporary world. Casting in mythic terms the existential confusion caused by (post)modern secularization, it narrates the fall of Heaven and the death of God in the 20th century.
However, the "liberated" City that arises from Heaven’s rubble all too quickly devolves into nihilism, consumerism, ugliness, and wide-scale environmental devastation. Was sacredness what had kept us from such a state? Is it alone what can save us now? What spirituality is possible after the death of God? The quest to answer these questions will lead the speaker into the underworld and back as he attempts to resurrect some new kind of Sacred for the metamodern world.
The period known as Postmodernism is over. With it goes the pervasive cynicism, apathy, and nihilism that defined so much of American culture during the latter 20th century. Now, a new sensibility—called “Metamodernism” by an emerging consensus—has occasioned the return of various ideas long denigrated under Postmodernism, but also transformed by it. This Metamodern sensibility is characterized by a thorough reimagination of transcendence, and the exploration of new modes of depth and dimensionality for meeting the challenge of the contemporary meaning crisis.
Such is the argument presented in this short but incisive text, as it tracks the development of this new period from the decline of Postmodernism to today. In addition, this analysis is supplemented by two accompanying essays that explore the Metamodern reconstruction of meaning through artistic mythmaking, with examples from contemporary art and literature.
Anti-Kierkegaard and Anti-Nietzsche
A triptych of essays. "The Midwife" aims to provide lessons in a novel field called “sacred obstetrics,” or the midwifery of God. Its main postulate is that God must be reborn into the world as an antidote to a pervasive cultural nihilism. The "Postscript" takes up a number of issues explored by Anti-Kierkegaard in “The Midwife,” such as irony, indirect communication, reflection, and the pia fraus. On the other side of the coin, in "The Euthanist," anti-Nietzsche explores the landscape of a fully immanent spirituality after the murder of transcendence.
Sadie Alwyn Moon
The modern world is in turmoil. The decline of the old religious myths has generated profound psychological instability for many people, with nothing yet to take their place. The resulting “meaning crisis” lies at the heart of so much of our cultural tumult, and will continue to unravel society until we find a way to affectively reintegrate a sense of mythic meaning and common purpose back into our lives.
Personal myth offers us a constructive way forward. Since Carl Jung first explored the idea in the mid-20th century, numerous psychologists and comparative mythologists have advanced the concept in fruitful ways. This book attempts to develop it even further—to show how the process of personal mythmaking can not only return a sense of meaning to our individual lives but also form the basis of genuinely edifying spiritual community. The task of reimagining the sacred calls each of us to do our part—a project every bit as bold as the building of the great cathedrals. What will you build with your life?
This monograph explores the historical processes by which the ancient Near Eastern combat myth—a story of battle between a mighty storm god and a draconic sea monster—became one of early Christianity's key frameworks for interpreting and articulating the significance of Jesus of Nazareth's life and death.
Beginning with a survey of extant texts from Mesopotamia to Anatolia, the myth's defining themes, motifs, and structure are established. With these, a clear trajectory is then traced from ancient Israelite myth and cult, through the Prophets, to Jewish apocalypticism and, finally, early Christianity. This analysis provides the context for the remainder of the study: an exegesis of the Gospel of Mark, wherein the role of the combat myth is, for the first time, comprehensively assessed. This investigation shows Mark employing a combat myth typology as the chief thematic and structural basis for his gospel. Jesus is the apocalyptic warrior—and Satan, the cosmic Leviathan.