Is Nothing Sacred? A Secular Philosophy of Incarnation


St Tredwell's House Papa Westray Orkney KW17 2BU, UK


Christian thinkers have recently expressed concern about the “silencing” or marginalisation of religion in public life, have affirmed the desirability of dialogue between the world of faith and the world of reason but have raised doubts about the feasibility of a moral language that refers to unconditional moral claims or human rights or the intrinsic dignity of human beings if it is not grounded in a transcendent or supernatural source of value. The present paper is an attempt to open a conversation about these themes from the point of view of a non-theistic humanism inspired by a notion of incarnation.