Book Launch: Rationality Is… The Essence of Literary Theory (Video)

At our meeting on Friday, June 10th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm we discussed excerpts from the recently published book Rationality Is… The Essence of Literary Theory by our very own Norm Klassen. You can purchase the book here. Congratulations Norm! Below you can watch a recording of the meeting posted on Norm’s YouTube channel:

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Rationality Is… The Essence of Literary Theory

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, June 10th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing excerpts from the soon to be published book “Rationality Is… The Essence of Literary Theory” by our very own Norm Klassen.

We will be meeting at Newman House (329 Gordon Street, Guelph, parking off of Dean Avenue) with a BBQ to follow (meat, veggie and fish burgers on the menu).

The following is taken from the Preface to the book:
I believe that many people, upon first encountering it, understand well enough theory’s critique and are justifiably uncomfortable with its implications. I suspect many come to interpret their misgivings as their own confusion or misunderstanding. This book encourages their acceptance of the substance of mainstream theory’s critique, but not its abandonment of rationality in the Western tradition.

It will be hybrid meeting. If you are joining us in person, please note that masks are optional when not distancing in doors during the meeting.

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What is Music? On the Form and Performance of Beauty

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, May 13th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “What is Music? On the Form and Performance of Beauty” by Paul Tyson from Faith and Culture (Volume 48.2).

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Corporeal Memory: The Concrete Things of History as Living Reminders

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, April 8th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Corporeal Memory: The Concrete Things of History as Living Reminders” by Josef Pieper from Faith and Culture (Volume 48.2).

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The Priority of Peace and the Problem of Power

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, March 11th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “The Priority of Peace and the Problem of Power” by Andrew Willard Jones from Faith and Culture (Volume 48.2).

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Henry Edward Manning: Reflections on some of his theological concerns

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, February 11th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Henry Edward Manning: Reflections on some of his theological concerns” by our very own Peter Erb, who will be joining us.

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Joseph Ratzinger’s Trinitarian Theology of Culture

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, January 14th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Joseph Ratzinger’s Trinitarian Theology of Culture” by Tracey Rowland from the Summer 2021 Edition (Volume 48.2) of Communio entitled “Faith and Culture”. The PDF can be downloaded from here.

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Dialogue with Professor David L. Schindler on Conscience, Moral Theology, and Modernity

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, December 10th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “Dialogue with Professor David L. Schindler on Conscience, Moral Theology, and Modernity” by Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler as well as “Conscience, Moral Theology, and Modernity: A Reply to Professors Salzman and Lawler” by David L. Schindler from the Winter 2020 (Volume 47.4) issue of Communio entitled “Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Karol Wojtyła”.

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I Can Only Be Understood From Within: Introducing The English Critical Edition of the Works of JPII

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, November 12th, from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing “I Can Only Be Understood From Within: Introducing The English Critical Edition of the Works of JPII” by Antonio López from the Winter 2020 (Volume 47.4) issue of Communio entitled “Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Karol Wojtyła”.

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The Bishop’s Dilemma: From Surveillance Capitalism to Digital Distributism

I invite you to join us for our study day on October 16th from 9:30am to 12:30pm. We will be discussing “The Bishop’s Dilemma: From Surveillance Capitalism to Digital Distributism” by Mark Maguire and Charles Fernandes.

We plan to hold an outdoor hybrid meeting at the Newman Centre Guelph, 325 Gordon Street, Guelph. If weather does not permit meeting outdoors, we will meet in Newman House. Please bring a mask.

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