Dr Charles Ringma will speak about Paul Tyson’s new book, De-fragmenting Modernity and why its message is important.
From the back cover:
“We live in a strangely fragmented lifeworld. On the one hand, abstract constructions of our own imagination – such as money, information, and mathematical models – are treated as important objective facts. On the other hand, our understanding of the concrete realities of meaning and value in which our daily lives are actually embedded – love, significance, purpose, wonder – are treated as arbitrary and optional subjective beliefs. This is because, to us, only quantitative and instrumentally useful things are considered accessible to the domain of knowledge. Our lifeworld is designed to disintegrate knowledge from belief, quality from quantity, and ‘mere’ reality from the mystery of being. This book explores two questions: why should we, and how can we, reintegrate being, knowing and believing?”
Dr Paul Tyson is the Director of the Emmanuel Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society and has written a number of books on the relationship between the lifeworld of modernity and a Christian understanding of reality.