During the Age of the Enlightenment, developments in mass printing allowed for the dissemination of new scientific knowledge, enriching the capacity to learn. Instead of extracting truth from authoritative sources such as the Gospel, importance was now placed on discovery through observation, aiming to understand the universe. This new science introduced a notion of truth as certain, objective and precise, incompatible with the medieval concept of spiritual reality and the ambiguity of the teachings of Jesus.
However, a twenty-first century understanding of the human condition has shown that this modernist idea of objectivity is no longer credible, and that there are limits of human capacity to discover absolute truth. This realisation leaves us free to rethink our notion of truth in a way that is compatible with the things that Jesus said and did, and equally compatible with what we now know to be our access to truth given the limits of our human condition.
Jesus after Modernity seeks to construct a model of truth compatible with the nature of humanity and the spirituality of the teachings and actions of Jesus. Addressing the need for a realistic notion of truth, Danaher aims to bring insight into the integrity of Jesus’s message within a twenty-first century context, which celebrates ambiguity and allows for both logic and contradiction.