: to cry out loudly and without restraint under strong impulse (as pain, grief, or amusement).
The 21st century person faces an existential crisis.
For 150 years the Darwinist narrative that human life is a product of a mindless, unguided process – a fortuitous cosmic accident – with no ultimate meaning, value or purpose, has been disseminated in western culture through our universities, schools, media, entertainment, state, medical and judicial systems.
Thus while our scientific age has lead to exponential increase in knowledge about how the universe functions – from telescopic insight into distant galaxies to the microscopic complexity of the human cell – our so-called ‘Enlightened’ era (humanity liberated from the constraints of a transcendent Creator and his moral law) has left humankind alone, in an indifferent universe, without answers to why there is a universe to begin with.
Despite the evolutionary narrative that, in a universe produced by Chance, there is no meaning to life, we are yet powerless against the gravitational pull for meaning, an irrepressible necessity to understand: Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the meaning of it all? Why is there both beauty and barbarity in life? And if we’re simply determined by our genes or environment for survival why should we even care about virtue, truth and self-sacrifical love?
Beginning from the premise that ‘ideas have consequences’, Howl is a blog addressing the existential crisis of this age through the pursuit of a renaissance in biblical thinking and application to every area of life and culture. Read more Hear the Howl: The Existential Cry of this Age
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