“Progress, Secularization, and Hope”: A Geneva Lecture by Kevin Flatt

Kevin Flatt

The Geneva Society invites everyone to attend this free public lecture by Dr. Kevin Flatt.

DATE: Thursday 26 March 2015

TIME: 7:30-9:00pm

ABSTRACT: Many of the ways people talk about politics, social issues, and even religion involve hidden assumptions about the human story being a story of progress. But is there really progress in human history? And if so, does it inherently lead to the decline of religion, as many secularization theorists and the New Atheists assert? This lecture will propose a Christian view of progress and use it to critique theories of secularization, concluding with implications for the mission of the church in today’s world.

SPEAKER: Dr. Kevin Flatt is Associate Professor of History at Redeemer University College, and Chair of the Department of History and International Studies. He also serves as the Director of Redeemer’s Office of Faculty Research, where he recently played a leading role in the creation of the Centre for Christian Scholarship.

Much of Kevin’s research to date has focused on the history and sociology of Protestantism in Canada. His book After Evangelicalism: The Sixties and the United Church of Canada was published in 2013 by McGill-Queen’s University Press. He is currently in the early stages of a book project on the history of secularization.

Kevin’s work has been featured in the National Post, CBC Radio, Sun TV, Comment magazine, and various local media outlets, and he is a columnist for Faith Today, Canada’s national evangelical magazine.

He holds a PhD in history from McMaster University, an MA in history from Western University, and a BA in economics from the University of Waterloo. He lives in his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario, with his wife Alicia.

LOCATION: Auditorium, Northwest Building, Trinity Western University. This is building #21 at this campus map; pay parking is available nearby.

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“Reading the Bible for All of Life”: A Geneva Lecture by Craig Bartholomew

H. Evan Runner was famous for saying “all of life is religion”. Abraham Kuyper famously said, “There is not a square inch of the entire creation of which Christ does not say ‘That is mine!’” Both these thinkers recognized that we are called to serve Christ in every dimension of life as he has made it. One would expect, therefore, God’s Word to address all of life. Alas, far too often we do not experience this creation-wide vision in our reading of Scripture, whether private or communal. In this lecture Prof. Craig Bartholomew will explore how to go about reading the Bible so as to hear God’s address for all of life.

Craig Bartholomew

Craig Bartholomew

Prof. Bartholomew is the H. Evan Runner Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University College as well as professor of religion and theology. He is also the principal of The Paideia Centre for Public Theology. With Mike Goheen (Geneva Chair from 2005-12), he is author of the 2013 book Christian Philosophy: A systematic and narrative introduction as well as The Drama of Scripture: Finding our place in the Biblical story (2004).

The lecture is free and open to the public. [A low-quality recording is available here.]

Trinity Western University
Neufeld Science Centre: Block Hall
Thursday 30 January 2014
7:30-9:00pm

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Note: Neufeld Science Centre is building #09 on this campus map. Parking passes for the evening can be purchased (using cash or credit card) just past the Welcome Centre (#02 on the map), and we have been told that you may use the staff parking lot next to Neufeld, in addition to the regular visitor parking lot near buildings #10/11/12.

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