It is not often that I read a book that makes me sit up and say, “Wow.” Especially to read a book by an academic who is a philosopher and theologian. But that is what happened when I read John Caputo’s book yesterday, On Religion: Thinking in Action. It gripped me like nothing I’ve come across recently.
This week around Australia the ABC has been hosting conversations about Rebooting your life, and of course throughout human history one of the central elements in any form of reboot has been religion, from meditation to pilgrimage, from confession to conversion, the Religious Way has been the dominant way, until perhaps a hundred years ago and the innovations of Dr’s Adler, Jung and Freud.
The Orthodox Christian church and the various ways in which Russia has been governed were deeply intertwined. The tzars, from 1400 on, claimed a divine right to rule and were crowned in cathedrals. They built new churches, usually dedicated to the Virgin Mary, when great battles were won, such as that against Napoleon and the French invaders in 181