Commonplace

“I don’t think you really can go back to the religion of your childhood. Life changes us too utterly, or at least it should. At the same time, I’m not sure we can ever completely escape the forms and language in which we first felt something transcendent. There’s a theologian named George Lindbeck who says you can no more be religious in general than you can speak language in general. You have to have some sort of form in which to feel your way toward… God, let’s call it God. I was raised Christian, so for me that’s my language, those are my forms. I can’t change it, though my understanding of Christianity is very different from anything I grew up with.”

—Christian Wiman, in interview

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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