Contemplating Crisis, Collapse, and Calling

In January 2022 I gave a colloquium at The King’s University, Edmonton, on my sabbatical and reflections on the current situation of global crises and civilizational collapse.

Abstract:

To what is the spirit calling us in a time of multiple converging global crises and ongoing systems and societal collapse? Over the past decade and especially during COVID, the question raises itself with greater insistence and intensity. I share some of my own journey in response to the question of calling; how it’s affecting choices within my career as scholar and led my sabbatical into an “institute for contemplative ecology”. I provide some reflections on crisis and collapse and conclude with implications of our times for the role of the Christian university.

Axial Age

In March 2018, I joined an Author meets Critics Session to discuss Eugene Halton’s new book “From the Axial Age to the Moral Revolution”.

This “Author meets Critics” Book symposium on Eugene Halton’s “From the Axial Age to the Moral Revolution…” was organized by the Karl Jaspers Society of North America in conjunction with the 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, 92nd Annual Meeting, held in San Diego, California, March 28-31, 2018.

Coronavirus and Mental Illness: A Reflection on the Stigmata of the Earth

Lecture on COVID-19 pandemic & Mental Illness delivered at The King’s University

The present moment is being defined by the COVID-19 global pandemic: social distancing, self-isolation, and a global lockdown, in the midst of rising numbers of the infected and the dying. To use Biblical language, the coronavirus is one of the “signs of our times”. This lecture proposes an interpretation of the coronavirus on multiple levels: world historically, as one of many symptoms of the global climate crisis; prophetically, as one of the stigmata appearing on the body of the crucified Earth; spiritually, as a call to transform our mental illness into resurrected life.

Community in Evolutionary Psychology

Contemplating Fear

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