Video Conversation #2: The challenges to religion posed by rationalism, atheism & science...
This is the second of our video conversations recorded in conjunction with the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School, Lawson, NSW, on 17th November 2013. The focus of the panellists in this conversation are the challenges facing the institutional Church and traditional expressions of religion coming from what we're learning from the sciences, and the challenges posed by the neo-atheists and rationalists who reject ideas about the numinous, the spiritual or God.
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We will publish these videoed "conversation starters" each Monday for the next six weeks with the exception of Christmas week. The first conversation today is a general introduction that helps introduce the entire series. In the following two weeks the panellists discuss in further detail some of their observations from their own research and books as to why such large numbers of people seem to have lost interest in institutionalised religion. The final three conversations, to be published after Christmas, will focus on the changing spiritual landscape. These authors would seem to share the common perception that while participation is declining interest in the spiritual or numinous side of life is very much alive. Their conversation in the final three programs focuses on how the spiritual landscape is changing in more positive ways.
Conversation #1 introduced the panellists and we repeat below further background information on this page. We have also opened up a moderated discussion at the bottom of this page you can contribute your responses to the discussion. Hopefully there will also be contributions in our own more restricted forum for registered members.
Background Information about the Facilitator & Panellists...
Credits and Thank Yous...
The Conversations were recorded at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School at Lawson in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, on Sunday, 17th November 2013. We extend our thanks to Michael Cowley, Principal, and the staff and community at Our Lady of the Nativity Primary School for the use of their facilities.
We extend our thanks to Stephen Crittenden and the panellists: Eugene Stockton, David Tacey, Peter Todd and Kevin Treston. The books of these authors are available from Amazon, Fishpond and The Book Depository through the Catholica Spiritual Marketplace [LINK]
Producer, Director, Editor: Brian Coyne
With thanks to the Committee of the Blue Mountain Education & Research Trust: Eugene Stockton (founder), David Maguire (chair), Len Blahut, Brian Coyne, Anne Fitzgerald, Tony Griffin, Chris McGillion, Terry O'Donnell, Laurie Woods, Allan Walsh.
For assistance with catering and general assistance on the day of filming: Michael Cowley, Liz O'Callaghan, Carol & Len Blahut, Amanda McKenna, Allan Walsh.
Music by Amanda McKenna: "Breath of Creator" (composer & singer); "Theologica" (composer & performer).
People footage for opening titles sourced from Vadim I. Filimonov [youtu.be/6iuNSa4lJoA].
Original Footage from the Hubble Space Telescope [www.spacetelescope.org] sourced from David Schombert's tribute video to the space telescope: [youtu.be/Un5SEJ8MyPc].
Clip from the Al Jazeera interview with Richard Dawkins sourced from the Al Jazerra YouTube Channel: [youtu.be/U0Xn60Zw03A].
Brian Coyne, Editor 09 Dec 2013
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Landmarks is an exploration of an Australian spirituality. Drawing on the cultural influences now in our land, it offers a graded, comprehensive presentation of gospel teachings, with an Australian diction and imagery. The reader may find in it fresh insights into traditional spiritual themes. Each theme is introduced in terms of an 'Australian setting', focusing on one particular aspect of the Australian experience. The body of each chapter analyses that experience, exploring the parallels with its biblical counterpart. The bible is used, not as a book about God or a store of normative texts, but as the story of a people, who are our spiritual ancestors. The attempt is made to insert ourselves into that story, with all its ups and downs, to identify our own experience in its unfolding, and through it to catch the vision of God which the past projects onto our present and future.