Video Conversation #3: The challenges to religion posed by fundamentalism...
This is the third 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 religious and political fundamentalism
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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].
Animation Clip of La Familia Sagrada, Barcelona from YouTube channel of the La Familia Sagrada Foundation: [youtu.be/RcDmloG3tXU].
President George W. Bush footage in the opening sequence sourced from 911archives: [youtu.be/XbqCquDl4k4].
Michael Voris footage in the opening sequence sourced from Church Militant TV: [youtu.be/CVV5H2_JC7k].
Brian Coyne, Editor 09 Dec 2013
What are your thoughts on this commentary?
Blue Mountains Dreaming is packed full of information about Aboriginal life in the Blue Mountains written by different authors from various angles. It is well presented with maps, drawings and photographs of Aboriginal sites and the Blue Mountains environment. The text is written sensitively and in plain English but with a level of factual information and references that makes the book of interest to professional researchers (e.g. archaeologists, prehistorians, historians), as well as to Aboriginal people, students at all levels, and the interested public. A book at a reasonable price and well worth getting. Val Attenbrow, Australian Archaeology. Number 40, 1995