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The New Matrix

How the World We Live In Impacts Our Thinking About Self and God


The New Matrix – Digital Version
How the World We Live In Impacts Our Thinking About Self and God

By Carl Krieg, Ph.D.

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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.


Dr. Carl Krieg received his BA from Dartmouth College, MDiv from Union Theological Seminary in NYC, and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School. He is the author of What to Believe? the Questions of Christian Faith,   The Void and the Vision and  The New Matrix: How the World We Live In Impacts Our Thinking About Self and God. As professor and pastor, Dr. Krieg has taught innumerable classes and led many discussion groups. He lives with his wife Margaret in Norwich, VT.

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