Reading The New Yorker on the Way to New York

Friday, January 25, 2008 - 8:18 am

Reading The New Yorker on the Way to New York

I am a “faithful” reader of The New Yorker – for all the kinds of writing and reporting they do. They’ve also by the way had some brilliant pieces on religion in recent years, as the whole field of journalism catches up with this subject, its importance in human life, and the intellectual and spiritual content that has been missed by traditional journalism for too long. But this kind of list still puzzles and throws me – an announcement of a New Yorker conference on “the near future”, with:

“theorists, designers, economists, philosophers, ethicists, animators, inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, scientists, artists, politicians, engineers, financiers.”

Where are the theologians? Why this assumption that philosophers and ethicists can hold their own in pressing, intellectual conversation – and have relevant and essential insight to add to the mix – and not religious thinkers?
On a lighter note, I love this spiritually profound and true cartoon.

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