Religious Thought in Today’s World

     In May 2018, the Temenos Academy joined the Saint Damien Community in Leuven, Belgium, for a weekend on Religious Thought in Today’s World. The conference brought together interdisciplinary approaches from theology and philosophy to reflect on the place of religious thought in an increasingly secular world. From mysticism to ethics, sacred poetry to metaphysics, the overarching aim of the conference was to present a vision that affirms the unique contribution of sacred thought to the world.

     The Keynote lectures were:


 Prof. William Desmond; Superiority beyond Interiority: Augustinian Thoughts on Default Atheism and the Intimate Universal

Prof. John Alonso Dick; Made in America Christian Fundamentalism

Dr. Joseph Milne; Society and the Desire for the Good

Valentin Gerlier; Language, Wonder and Adoration

     Moderated panel sessions, given by students of the Saint Damien Community and the Temenos Academy took place during each afternoon:


Panel discussions

Metaphysics of Tradition – Jonathan Culbreath

Normalising Maori Spirituality in New Zealand – Jack Goldingham Newson

Re-Grounding the Modern Soul in Poetry – Adele Guyton

Fear and Wonder: Narrative and Religious Mediations – James Gayaldo

Film Seeking Undersanding: Can Film Elicit Religious Experience – Sebastian Temlett

‘What is it that I love when I love my God?’ (conf. 10.6): Love of God, Love of Self, and the Saeculum in Augustine and Bernard – Pablo Irizar

Mother of Love: Deification as Motherhood in the Writing of Hadewijch – Lydia Shahan

The Bérullian Jesuit: Henri de Lubac – Rick Perry

What is Prophecy? – Alex Ferrant

Can Husserl find Truth in Today’s World? – Eli Hage

Lonergan’s Fidelity to Aquinas’ Metaphysics: A Comparison of Lonergans’s Notion of ‘Body’ and Aquinas’ Notion of ‘Essence.’ – Kyle Norris


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