I have only a small flickering light to guide me in the darkness of a thick forest. Up comes a theologian and blows it out." So complained 18th-century French philosopher Denis Diderot. It is true that much that passes for theology fails to illumine the path, and it does not help to claim that nontheological reasoning is often equally opaque. Thankfully, a few lights shine brightly.
In the first century St. Paul believed that God’s divinity was everywhere manifest and nowhere fully heeded. Contemporary believers do well to ask whether God’s extraordinary actions are unacknowledged in the 21st century. Max Stackhouse believes that they often are.