“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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