The Christopher Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture is an incorporated association founded to encourage lay Christian engagement with contemporary philosophical and cultural issues. The Society takes its name from Christopher Dawson, the great English historian of the 20th century who throughout his work saw the world of spiritual belief “as the dynamic element in history and as a real world-transforming power.” It is the hope of the founders that in some small way the Dawson Society may uphold and continue the work of its namesake.
The Dawson Society is based in Perth, Western Australia and hosts regular lectures and other cultural events. You can read more about the Dawson Society at http://dawsonsociety.com.au/about/
Healing the Wounds of Sexual Abuse in the Church - Dr Theresa Burke
This presentation will examine the impact of sexual abuse on the individual, the impact of trauma, and how we as a Church - all of us - can begin to help restore to victims their full dignity in Christ. It will also describe Grief to Grace, a new sensory-based model for healing sexual abuse that follows the Sorrowful Mysteries."
Catholic Public Life in Hard Times; An Augustinian Response - Renee Kohler-Ryan
What is a Catholic person to do in the face of so much turmoil in public life? Should we retreat, or should we respond by entering more fully into the public square? St. Augustine of Hippo was perpetually preoccupied with such questions. This presentation will explore some of what he has to say, and some of what we can learn from him, about maintaining a spiritual life while becoming involved in matters of public concern.
"Dreaming with Demons; Understanding the Vice of Sloth" - Matt Tan
We often associate sloth with laziness, but is it possible for a culture to be productive and still be slothful? Dr Matthew Tan explores how Sloth is arguably the most pervasive of the deadly sins first by understanding it by its original name, the vice of Acedia. Taking its cue from the writings of the desert father, Evagrius of Pontus, the talk will take a deep dive into what the vices do to the life of monastic virtue, and how acedia acts as a spiritual opiate whose affects are more than just spiritual.
"I Sleep But My Heart Wakes" - Dr Philippa Martyr
Dreams form the flipside of human consciousness: they are perennially fascinating and unpredictable. They have shaped history, art, culture, science, and religion in countless ways. Christianity accepts them as sometimes divinely inspired, but early psychology saw them as ‘the royal road to the unconscious’, or as a primordial soup of symbolism. So what are dreams? Why do we have them? Do Christians dream of Biblical sheep? And what attention – if any – should we pay to them?
Who Is my Neighbour? Refugees and Dignity of the Human Person’ - Anthony Krohn
Anthony Krohn has practised in administrative law since 1990, as a solicitor from 1990 to 1997, and as a barrister from 1997 to the present. He has appeared in many refugee and migration cases in the Federal Circuit Court, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of Nauru. His migration and refugee practice has also taken him to the High Court of Australia - in its original and also its appellate jurisdictions - and to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
The Duty to Disagree: Recovering the Art of Moral Disagreement - Scott Stephens
This Speaker's Forum featured a presentation of a paper entitled “The Duty to Disagree: Recovering the Art of Moral Disagreement" by Scott Stephens, editor of the ABC Religion & Ethics blog, and co-host of the Radio National show 'The Minefield' with Waleed Aly.