Faith and Postmodernism in the Pub

Last night I gave a talk at the young adults event Theology at the Pub in Melbourne, which was more or less a repeat of a talk I had given in May at Guinness and God in Canberra.  The talk was called ‘Faith in a Postmodern World: Insights from Benedict XVI’.  The talk looks at modernity, Jean-Francois Lyotard’s critique of modernity’s concept of knowledge, and some of Benedict XVI’s seminal ideas about the narrative structure of faith, beauty and the encounter with the God of love.

I was trying to offer a logic for faith in a world that remains suspicious of claims to knowledge that lie beyond the scientific method.

My analysis of Lyotard owes a lot to James K. A. Smith’s clever book, Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism: Taking Derrida, Lyotard and Foucault to Church. Thanks to everyone who came out for the talks, and thanks especially to Daniel who allowed me to quote part of our email conversation about atheism in the talk.  Here’s the video of the Canberra talk (with thanks to CatholicLIFE and ACU):

Posted on July 3, 2012, in Culture, Evangelisation, Video and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I just read your ‘looking into Atheism’ post and found it to be most interesting.
    If you’d care to view inside this old Atheist, though I was a True Believer MANY more years than I’ve been an Atheist, (A, sometimes, benefit of MANY YEARS is many years) here are a couple of my YouTube films.

    Here’s one that shows why Dawkins, and other Atheist Priests, don’t dig moi @ all.
    NOTE: Atheism is dump at video end, too.

    SOGS,
    Tor

  2. Conservation of “ed”

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