'The hidden spring' of spirituality is the second feature of human life which, I suggest, functions as the echo of a voice; as a signpost pointing away from the bleak landscape of modern secularism and toward the possibility we humans are made for more than this.
The first feature which Wright characterized as an echo was the internal craving for justice. The second is the thirst for spirituality. He sees this thirst as another signpost of God's stirrings inside of us. He says that today, many of us are travelers in the desert in search of an oasis of spiritual refreshment.
Instead of writing a long treatment of this topic, I thought I'd ask you all a few questions:
What does it mean to call this "hidden spring" an "echo of a voice"? If you haven't read the book, that's fine. Just share what the words "echo of a voice" feel like to you. Is that a powerful image? A weak one? If God speaks, is it sufficient that the voice we hear is an echo?
Why is secular humanism seen as a "bleak landscape"? I have to be honest here. I find it a tad "weighting the scales in his favor" to characterize modern secularism as a bleak landscape without sharing why he says so. For me, modern secularism is also responsible for the rise of Christian faith in our country. The fact that religion is not married to the state and can continue to be a prophetic voice in our system of politics and social mores is in direct relationship to the fact that secular culture and modernism saw fit to protect religion from the control of government, to keep it in its own sphere. In Europe where religion remained connected to the state, there is a much greater dropping away of faith. Some have suggested it is due to the fact that religion and government (when they both exert political power) can be seen as tools of oppression. Protest means resisting both. When religious faith is separate from government, it can be a refuge and a source of critique.
Do you see any other benefits to the rise of secularism or do you agree with Wright's characterization of it being a "bleak landscape"?
Is spiritual hunger a universal human characteristic? Do you agree or disagree with Wright's idea?