Monday 21st May 2018
Western liberalism has entered a crisis unprecedented in the post-war era, according to a broad range of contemporary observers. What is the nature of this crisis, and how should Christians respond to it? Catholic writers in the United States have proposed a number of 'options': a 'Benedict Option' of retreat and rebuilding; an 'Esther Option' of infiltrating the administrative state and turning it to Christian purposes; and a 'Gregorian Option' of reviving a liberalism friendlier to religious ways of life.
To succeed, all of these options will ultimately require a significant religious revival. Yet none of them attend to the interior nature of the phenomenon upon which any such revival depends: conversion. Drawing on the work of the great 17th century polymath and Christian apologist Blaise Pascal, we will argue that Christians must remember how to meet their contemporaries where they are, entering sympathetically into the aspirations and disappointments characteristic of modern life so as to encourage an honest reckoning with the facts of our nature that Christianity addresses with unique power.
Date: 21 May
Venue: Blackfriars Hall, St. Giles, Oxford
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