I'm a little reluctant to do this, but since I've started with the Intro, why not put up Chapter one of Wandering in the Wilderness, entitled "The Shift from Outer to Inner".
This chapter relies quite a bit on Owen Barfield's, I think, great book Saving the Appearances. I met and had a chance to talk with Barfield from time to time when he was at SUNY Stony Brook at the invitation of TJJ Altizer in the 70s. I sat in on some of his lectures. He had a horrible stammer and was hard to follow sometimes, but there was a greatness about him.
Although I'm sure, especially in the contemporary intellectual environment, his 'metahistory is a grand narrative that will seem to many tendentious, it was something that when I first read Saving the Appearances struck me as solving so many problems on so many levels. He offers, in my view, the most compelling explanation about why history has developed in the pattern that has led to Modern suppression of the sacred. He also lays the foundation for the narrative that I believe best offers Christians a way to think about the future and to move forward into it. I treat it not as "Truth", but as a useful heuristic that points us toward a way to retrieve meaning in history. I seem his project as similar to Teilhard's.
He was a lifelong friend of the better-known C.S. Lewis, and although he was a lawyer by profession, he wrote several books in philosophy, etymology, and literary criticism. The historian John Lukacs calls him one of the most important thinkers of the 20th century, and I agree. I think he's one of those eccentric thinkers, who, though he is out of sync with the zeitgeist, is perhaps in touch with something deeper and more compelling. Time will tell. I wrote this before reading Charles Taylor's book on secularism. I'd probably rewrite it now to incorporate aspects of his work, or supplement this chapter with another based on Taylor's work. So for what it's worth, after the jump: