As part of preparation for teaching a module on 'Faith and Contemporary Culture' I’ve been thinking about the myriad number of assumptions inherent within our Western ‘way of life’. By 'assumption' I mean an expectation of normalcy: something that has nothing remarkable or unusual about it and is therefore not even consciously thought about. So I started to jot down assumptions of daily western life. It’s a simple exercise, yet it quickly becomes clear that our location within the West carries a truckload of assumptions that do not apply in most of the world. Continue reading
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