Faith and Other Grand Narratives

  • Reinhold KramerEmail author


Declining religiosity marks a postmodern departure from the past, and recent grand narratives of science or of environmentalism haven’t filled the gap, thereby putting at risk some of the goods that faith communities nurture. This doesn’t mean, Kramer argues, that we have done away with grand narratives. Among the two-thirds of Americans and Canadians who are neither atheists nor strong believers, Kramer analyses two very limited responses to the decline of faith narratives—ego-based narratives and small narratives limited to a circumscribed group—as well as three broader responses—selective adherence, pluralist adaptation, and humanism. Humanism, the attempt to renew moral values on a non-religious basis, has become a central de facto grand narrative. The chapter includes a case study of humanist chaplain Bart Campolo.

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  1. 1.English and Creative WritingBrandon UniversityBrandonCanada

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