Is Reality Knowable?

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Friday, April 9th from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. We will be discussing with Norm Klassen the Dr. Keith Cassidy Lecture given by him entitled “Is Reality Knowable?”

In this talk, Norm reflects on a standard literary and artistic assumption, that appearance and reality can be distinguished. The reality, at least from a Catholic perspective, is more complicated than that. That’s because reality is bound up with the presence and sustaining power of God: the entire created order is shot through with his sacramental presence. The talk can also be come at from another angle, as a guide to engaging contemporary culture. The lecture revolves around three points, given at the outset:
I. Behind the appearances of contemporary culture is a vast, seemingly forgotten reality, a hinterland of Christian thought and imagination; to change the image, half of the body of contemporary culture seems to have been blown away.
II. In that hinterland is the powerful Christian answer to the question, Is reality knowable?
III. Christians should be wary of applying the popular trope of appearance vs reality to a diagnosis of contemporary intellectual culture. That’s because reality is more mysterious than we generally allow.

Given the current shutdown, we will be holding an online meeting over zoom.

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