He says he is a humanist but is not sure that is enough.
I’m very open to the argument that Christianity is the best available totalizing narrative and that its putative replacements have been a string of pseudo-secular religions with deleterious consequences.
He is right. Those who think they have surpassed what they consider primitive moralities may be "profoundly self-deceived.” Alasdair MacIntyre, Three Rival Versions of Moral Enquiry: Encyclopedia, Geneaology, and Tradition ( University of Notre Dame Press, 1990), 27-28.
"There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits." J. R. R. Tolkien, "On Fairy-Stories," in Tree and Leaf (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965), 71-72.
I really like both Klein and Coates. In this conversation, they reflect on the reaction to George Floyd's death. Neither are Christians but the whole conversation is about how MLK was right and a longing for a realistic vision of a world of non-violence, compassion, and justice.
This is excellent. Here is a sincere policy wonk reasoning his way toward recognizing the genius of Martin Luther King Jr. and the world's desperate need for a different understanding of government. (Whispers: This is also what Jesus taught all about in terms of "kingdom").