We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, He draws us to Himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Friday, December 5, 2014

2014 Bishop's Distinguished Lecture wrap up: Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor gave this year's lecture to a 300+ crowd on the campus of the University of Victoria.

Dr. Christine Jones, President of Redeemer Pacific (Catholic) College, gave a brief but thorough response to Dr. Taylor's lecture.

Questions for Dr. Taylor were vetted and introduced during a brief post-lecture Q&A managed by the Chaplain, Fr. Dean Henderson.

In addition to the Bishop's Lecture (Secular Futures), Dr. Taylor gave presentations for the Victoria (Law) Colloquium (Some Crises of Democracy) and the University of Victoria French Department (Le Rapport du Québec au fait Français au Canada).

During the pre-lecture dinner conversation, an exciting new development in the life of Redeemer Pacific College was announced. With due respect for President Jones, readers will have to wait for the details until the official announcement is made by Dr. Jones and the Archbishop of Vancouver.

Fr. Dean Henderson (Chaplain) & Dr. Taylor

Eager Student

L to R: Dr. Jones, Bishop Gordon, Dr. Taylor and wife Aube,
Linda and Jim Tully, Fr. Dean, Mary Anne Waldron (Law/2013 Lecture),
Dr. Jens Zimmerman, Dr. Mike Roney (CERN/OPAL),
Wendell Clanton (Advisory Board, Chair) and Leah Wilcock (Lecture Manager)



Dr. Christine Jones, President, Redeemer Pacific College

The Bishop's Distinguished Lecture is an initiative of the University of Victoria and Camosun College Catholic Chaplain and the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, BC.

For additional information on this prestigious forum, visit the Lecture site: CLICK HEREhttp://bishopslecture.webs.com/

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Dr. Matthew Rose of the Berkeley Institute has written a thought provoking critique of Charles Taylor's thought in a recent article at First Things: http://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/12/tayloring-christianity


In that critique, Dr. Rose points to Dr. Taylor's dependence on Hegel's philosophy. Dr. Rose's article concludes:
Like all Hegelians, Taylor is an apologist for the present, a theologian of the secular status quo.

Alasdair MacIntyre also diagnosed our culture as fatigued by the mutual antagonisms of rival traditions. MacIntyre, however, maintained a chastened confidence in the power of human reason to guide us toward the perfected understanding that is the end of all inquiry. Our confusions and disagreements, he wrote in his Gifford Lectures, “can be a prologue not only to rational debate, but to that kind of debate from which one party can emerge as ­undoubtedly rationally superior.”

MacIntyre combated the prejudice, uncritically affirmed by Taylor, that secular modernity is a historical dispensation from which there is no intellectual escape. He called his work a “radical renovation” of classical traditions of thought. Its most important consequence has been a growing confidence that the work of human reason can be undertaken in a context broader than that of modernity.

We would do well to listen to Taylor, but apprentice ourselves to MacIntyre. For Christians in a post-Christian culture will need to think in terms of the most expansive of all temporal horizons—a time, bounded by the beginning and the end of God’s holy purposes, that Augustine, writing at the end of another ­epoch, called the saeculum.

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