The word matrix can bring to mind science fiction images of living in a web of illusion, but my intent here is quite the opposite, not fiction, but reality.
Inescapably, we all live in and share a common context that defines our world. Certain facts of life are given, must be recognized, must be accepted, and with which we must contend. The universe. Quanta. Secularism. Evolution. Relativism. As we all seek to make sense out of life, we need to relate to this modern matrix of the factually given. Whoever we are, secular humanist or believer in a transcendental reality, denial of the matrix is not a viable alternative. Denial of the factual context within which we exist is not a permitted option.
For myself, I do believe in a higher reality, and I find that transcendent dimension in and through a man called Jesus of Nazareth. As a result, in addition to describing the matrix, much of what follows is my attempt to understand how the modern matrix impacts and interacts with this belief. So much of Christian theology buries its head in the sand, refusing to explore how an ever-changing context impacts its understanding of human life and God. It’s time for us to get our heads out of the sand and look around, embracing the challenge to think anew about the world around us.