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The Story that Centers

Ravi Zacharias has a good reflection on the state of meaning and coherence in contemporary culture.  Here is the first paragraph of his brief commentary which is entitled The Story that Centers

There is a vacuum at the heart of our culture. Saul Bellow argued in his 1976 Noble Laureate lecture: "The intelligent public is waiting to hear from art what it does not hear from theology, philosophy, and social theory and what it cannot hear from pure science: a broader, fuller, more coherent, more comprehensive account of what we human beings are, who we are, and what this life is for. If writers do not come into the center, it will not be because the center is pre-empted; it is not." Very simply stated, there is no center to hold things together. Or to put it differently, there is no over-arching story to life by which all the particulars can be interpreted. The pursuit of knowledge without knowing who we are or why we exist, combined with a war on our imaginations by our entertainment industry, leaves us at the mercy of power with no morality. May I illustrate this?

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