Teaching moments

Cultural critic

For a generation of students at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago, Langdon Gilkey reflected with wisdom and grace on contemporary events in light of Christian faith, and he reflected on Christian faith in light of contemporary events. His death in November left the theological world the poorer.

To his sharp awareness of how religious symbols and myths serve as deep structuring principles, Langdon added a confidence that the central perspectives of Christian faith have still-untapped reserves that can illumine the present situation. He was profoundly concerned with the challenges to Christian faith posed by scientific and technological prowess and also by the apparent disintegration of modern culture.


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