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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.

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