Anthony Kronman’s upcoming book, Confessions of a Born-Again Pagan, looks to be an important subject for our times. David Brooks recently wrote about the important tome in his most recent column: The Beauty of Big Books. In his column, Brooks notes the former Yale Law School Dean’s journey toward understanding our modern world. â€œSince I first began to think about such things in even a modestly self-conscious way,â€ Brooks writes, quoting Kronman, â€œI have been haunted by the thought that destiny has placed me in a world with a unique historical identity and been anxious to know what this is.â€ Brooks is certainly correct in saying it’s a big book too. The volume comes in at more than 1,100 pages. Nonetheless I’m looking forward to reading it.
Here is the book’s description from the publisher: “We live in an age of disenchantment. The number of self-professed â€œatheistsâ€ continues to grow. Yet many still feel an intense spiritual longing for a connection to what Aristotle called the â€œeternal and divine.â€ For those who do, but demand a God that is compatible with their modern ideals, a new theology is required. This is what Anthony Kronman offers here, in a book that leads its readers away from the inscrutable Creator of the Abrahamic religions toward a God whose inexhaustible and everlasting presence is that of the world itself. Kronman defends an ancient conception of God, deepened and transformed by Christian beliefâ€”the born-again paganism on which modern science, art, and politics all vitally depend. Brilliantly surveying centuries of Western thoughtâ€”from Plato to Augustine, Aquinas, and Kant, from Spinoza to Nietzsche, Darwin, and Freudâ€”Kronman recovers and reclaims the God we need today.”