The Centre for the Study of Western Tradition at Campion College Australia cordially invites all to attend the launch of “Returning to Reality: Christian Platonism for Our Times” (Eugene: Cascade Books 2014).
The Book will be Launched by Dr. Ben Myers, Lecturer in Theology at the United Theological College and blogger at “Faith and Theology”
Could it be that we have lost touch with some basic human realities in our day of high-tech efficiency, frenetic competition, and ceaseless consumption? Have we turned from the moral, the spiritual, and even the physical realities that make our lives meaningful? These are metaphysical questions–questions about the nature of reality–but they are not abstract questions. These are very down to earth questions that concern power and the collective frameworks of belief and action governing our daily lives.
As Western culture’s Christian Platonist understanding of reality was replaced by modern pragmatic realism, we turned not just from one outlook on reality to another, but away from reality itself. This book seeks to show that if we can recover this ancient Christian outlook on reality, reframed for our day, then we will be able to recover a way of life that is in harmony with human and divine truth.
Paul Tyson is an academic with a passion. He wants us to think hard and long about overcoming dualistic thinking and not to buy into the sacred-secular divide. He thus advocates a personal faith with public implications and longs to see us enter ways of knowing that combine transcendent truth and a passion for justice.
– Charles Ringma, Professor Emeritus, Regent College, Vancouver
Paul Tyson is an Honorary Assistant Professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. His first book, “Faith’s Knowledge”, was published by Pickwick Publications in 2013.