chapter  8
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The mystery of the world

This chapter discusses a post-modern reading of religion that contrasts strongly with the tradition of anti-realistic a/theology, one that views post-modernity not as an affirmation of the power and authority of human creativity but rather as the recovery of a fundamental openness to the mystery of the world. Both modernity and post-modernity tend to be dismissive of the significance of the past for our understanding of the present. Modernity achieves this through a myth of historical progress in which the present supersedes, and consequently negates, the past. As post-modernity exposes the futility of attempts to construct an ultimate meta-narrative through which the universe is constrained by restrictive frames of reference based on fallible human understanding, so creation is able once more to reveal something of its primordial aura of mystery.