Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Is Secular Religion a Contradiction in Terms?

Is Secular Religion a Contradiction in Terms?

It is hard to believe we are well into January already ...

St Andrew's Study Trust has chosen for its theme this year:

Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart

and the programme kicks off with what I am sure will be a very interesting and lively conversation between Winton Higgins and Professor Sir Lloyd Geering (steered by Noel Cheer) on the subject:

Is Secular Religion a Contradiction in Terms?

Friday 15 February, 2013 • 6:30pm to 8:30pm • St Andrew’s on The Terrace

The idea that secularity is the scourge of religion drives high-volume book sales by militant and not-so-militant atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Alain de Boton. However, Christian commentators on secularity such as Charles Taylor and Gianni Vattimo have a more insightful and suggestive tale to tell, and Buddhists such as Stephen Batchelor and Winton Higgins are attempting to align the Buddha’s teaching with the intensifying secularity in today’s western culture and thought.

Are current accounts of Buddhist and Christian secularity pointing to the seeds of secularity having been planted in these traditions, and can this give a new lease of life to both religions in late-modern conditions? Winton Higgins and Lloyd Geering will be discussing ideas such as this, and more.

The idea that secularity is the scourge of religion drives high-volume book sales by militant and not-so-militant atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Alain de Boton. However, Christian commentators on secularity such as Charles Taylor, Gianni Vattimo and Lloyd Geering have a more insightful and suggestive tale to tell, and Buddhists such as Stephen Batchelor and Winton Higgins are attempting to align the Buddha’s teaching with the intensifying secularity in today’s western culture and thought.
Are current accounts of Buddhist and Christian secularity pointing to the seeds of secularity having been planted in these traditions, and can this give a new lease of life to both religions in late-modern conditions? Winton Higgins and Lloyd Geering will be discussing questions such as this, and more.

Attached is a flier if you are able to display it or pass it on.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Game Review: Until Dawn - Pick Your Own Horrible Adventure

Supermassive Games’ Until Dawn sees a group of dumb sexy teenagers take a trip to a spooky mansion atop a mountain. It is, obviously, a horror game. However, the game is so ridiculous it turns out to be more of a comedy. More>>

John McBeth: Our World Cup All Blacks

Forty or fifty years ago nobody really had any idea of what the selectors had in mind. There were often several trials, which sometimes featured over 150 players, possibly an inter island match or a final trial, then we listened to the announcement of the team on radio. The players weren't flown into the capital for a parliamentary function... More>>

ALSO:

Game Review: Midsomer Murders Meets First Year Philosophy

Developed by The Chinese Room, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture sees the player exploring what appears to be a recently abandoned idyllic English village trying to figure out where everybody's gone. Spoiler: they've gone to the rapture. (On a serious note, this review contains plot spoilers.) More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Clear Science

It was really after his move to Wellington, to Victoria University, that it became apparent that Sir Paul Cllaghan was much more than an eminent physicist... More>>

ALSO:

Francis Cook: Weekend SportzMania! All Blacks! Netball!

Sports were on all weekend. I normally don’t write about sports but with Richie McCaw tipped to be the next Prime Minister, and Colin Craig arguing sports are almost as important as politics, I thought “what better time to start!” More>>

ALSO:

Beervana: Aussie Pav Beer Declared Taste Of NZ

In a surprising upset, an Australian beer modelled on the pavlova, created by Brisbane brewery Newstead Brewing, the 250 Beers blog and Scratch Bar, has been announced the winner at the Beervana craft beer festival ‘Flag Brew’ competition, which challenged media and brewing teams to capture the distinctive taste of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news