Fall 2018 Areopagus Lecture

“Escaping the Silver Chair: Renewed Minds and Our Vision of Reality”

Dr. Paul Tyson’s lecture explored how the Christian responsibility “to repent” involves more than expressing feelings of regret for moral wrong-doing and the desire to reform. Rather, the New Testament call to “repentance,” the English rendition of the Greek word metanoia, is inseparable from radically reenvisioning what is “really real.” St. Paul’s admonition that we be “transformed by the renewing of our minds” — in other words, metanoia — invokes a process that demands the recognition and rejection of various false enchantments of this world. With the help of C. S. Lewis’s story The Silver Chair, however, we realize that identifying and then escaping the ways in which we are bewitched is no easy task.

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Paul Tyson

Dr. Paul Tyson is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests span across theology, philosophy and sociology. At present he is a principal researcher and a Project Co-Coordinator for the “After Science and Religion” project, run through IASH. This project stems from Peter Harrison’s 2015 book The Territories of Religion and Science (an interview with Peter Harrison was featured on Volume 131 of the Journal) and seeks to re-think what both science and religion could look like as we move forward. The other three leading researchers in this project are Peter Harrison (IASH, University of Queensland), John Milbank (Theology, University of Nottingham) and Tom McLeish (Physics/Natural Philosophy, York).

Dr. Tyson is the author of Returning to Reality (2014) and De-fragmenting Modernity: Reintegrating Knowledge with Wisdom, Belief with Truth, and Reality with Being (2017), about which Dr. Tyson was featured on Volume 139 of the Journal. If you would like to listen to this interview, Volume 139 can be purchased individually as a digital download.