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4 October, 2017

Colloquium 2018 – A World Without Christianity

On Friday and Saturday 29 and 30 June 2018 the CDC will host its fourth annual colloquium in Hobart, Tasmania. What would a Post-Christian world look like if John Lennon’s atheistic hope became a reality?

Imagine there’s no heaven –
It’s easy if you try;
No hell below us,
Above us only sky.

Imagine all the people living for today.

 Imagine there’s no countries,
It isn’t hard to do.
Nothing to kill or die for,
And no religion too.

Imagine all the people living life in peace.

Is it easy to imagine? Is religion a hindrance to peace – or quite the opposite? Would our world be a better place stripped of all religion, but particularly of Christianity? Would we be the poorer or the richer for that? What, if anything, would or could take Christianity’s place? What is the case for retaining and recognising religion as a vital asset, part of our social capital? Do we, after all, have any choice in the matter? We invite submissions from persons interested in addressing the topic.

500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION

The Dawson Centre was established under the patronage of the Catholic Church but is proud to count among its supporters many from the Protestant or Reformed Tradition of Christianity.   If you live in the Hobart area, I hope that you will try to get to our final big event of the year on 31 October (details below). Campbell Markham and Peirce Baehr are both excellent speakers. It will be a fascinating evening.

With best wishes to all,

David

UPCOMING EVENTS

SPECIAL DOUBLE FEATURE FOR THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE REFORMATION:

  1. Revd Campbell Markham

Who was Martin Luther?

Looking back on the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

  1. Peirce Baehr

The Bible and Culture

How the Bible has shaped Civilisation

Hobart, Town Hall Meeting Room (of Elizabeth Street car park)

Tuesday 31 October

6.00 pm

SUMMER SCHOOL IN LATIN

Intensive reading course in Medieval and Ecclesiastical Latin. This will be the 25th annual Hobart Latin Summer School! It is now taught under the auspices of the Dawson Centre. Some prior knowledge of Latin is a prerequisite. Readings from some of the great and influential literature, poetry and prose, from antiquity to the dawn of the modern world.

Hobart

22-26 January 2018

9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily

SUMMER SCHOOL IN NEW TESTAMENT GREEK

In association with the Verbum Domini Institute, this is an intensive course in the koine Greek of the New Testament, a continuation of last summer’s course that is also suitable for virtual beginners who are willing to undertake some preliminary work on the Greek alphabet. We shall read passages from the Gospels and from Christian literature of the apostolic age.

Hobart, 35 Tower Road, New Town

29 January to 2 February 2018

9.00 am to 3.00 pm daily

 Please contact me directly – dccdain@gmail.com – for further information about either of these two courses.

THE BACK END OF THE NEWS

Pieces you may not see in the mainstream media

Animal Farm Revisited – reflections on Orwell’s classic predictions: ‘revolutions are ultimately about power not idealogy.’

A timely warning to Knuckle-Draggers: you are stupid if you vote No!

The Empire of Mood over Mind – ‘half-educated people think in slogans…what passes as the teaching of critical thinking in schools today is mostly the teaching of prejudices.’

COLLOQUIUM 2017 – All presentations are now available as audio files at: https://soundcloud.com/archdiocese-of-hobart/sets/dawson-colloquium-2017.

NEW BOOK RELEASED

Dangerous Ideas, the proceedings of our 2015 and 2016 Colloquia, are now available in a single volume at: http://www.connorcourt.com/catalog1/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=7&products_id=426#.WXCMYhV95hE