WC Smith: Towards a World Theology

This is the book by WC Smith that has inspired me now for many years.


This book is difficult to obtain. I have two second-hand copies, one to keep for myself and one to lend out to anyone interested.

The following essay has material related to the topic, though it’s not complete, not a full exposition of what Smith was thinking of:

WC Smith – Comparative Religion (12k words)

Here is a YouTube lecture on Tillich and WC Smith:

The bit on Smith starts 3 mins in.

There is a nasty “verdict” on Smith’s world theology in the form of a photo of a drunken Obama with the cynical caption “Good luck with that plan buddy”. The photo comes up at 9:07 and fades out at 9:11, a rather inauspicious moment?

photo here

It’s also curious that Obama was chosen here. He offered hope to many people that he could heal the world, being essentially both a Muslim (by birth and early upbringing) and a Christian (by conversion) as well as being the son of a black man and a white woman. A seemingly perfect coincidentia oppositorum (or union of opposites). And really, it did not work out so well.


Update, 8 Feb 2019:

I have written and self-published a booklet titled Offering a New World Theology. It aims to be a simple, readable, and colourful response to Smith’s call.


Offering a New World Theology

Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07L9J4D7J/


Lin Yutang: The Importance of Living

Lin Yutang (1895–1976) was a Chinese writer, translator, linguist, inventor and philosopher.

“The Importance of Loafing” is chapter 7 of the book titled “The Importance of Living”. Various versions can be downloaded from here:

An illustrated pdf version of this chapter is available here:
lin-yutang-loafing-illustrated (10Mb)




David Tacey

This post collects links relating to writings of Australian author David Tacey.

BLB – Beyond Literal Belief

Introduction and first chapter of Beyond Literal BeliefBLBsamplechapter

Amazon link to Religion as Metaphor: Beyond Literal Belief: Amazon link BLB

Tacey talking about BLB at the book launch in 2015: book launch BLB (2 mins)

Full video of book launch: full book launch BLB (41 mins, Tacey speaks from 20 mins in)

The Spirituality Revolution


Full book: David Tacey-The Spirituality Revolution- The Emergence of Contemporary Spirituality (2004)



Interview by Paul Bishop:
1 David Tacey part one GODS & BELIEF (6 mins)
2 David Tacey part two SPIRITUALITY (4 mins)
3 David Tacey part three DEATH BY LANDSCAPE (6 mins)
4 David Tacey part four DENIAL & SUFFERING (6 mins)
5 David Tacey part five ART & SACRIFICE (6 mins)
6 David Taceypart six RESPONSIBILITY & CREATIVITY (6 mins)
7 David Tacey part seven LEARNING FROM FIRE (2 mins)
8 David Tacey part eight LOVE & THE AUSTRALIAN CHARACTER (5 mins)
9 David Tacey part nine THE TERROR OF ART (6 mins)

 JMS 2015: Dialogue between David Tacey and Laurence Freeman (1 hour, commences with discussion of “self”)