Paul Tyson

Paul Tyson is Director of the Emmanuel Centre for the Study of Science, Religion and Society, a senior research fellow for the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and honorary research fellow at the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry at the University of Queensland, Australia. His research interests span across the social sciences, philosophy, and theology with a particular interest in Christian metaphysics and geneologies of secular modernity. He is the author of De-fragmenting Modernity: Reintegrating Knowledge with Wisdom, Belief with Truth, and Reality with Being (Wipf & Stock, 2017), Returning to Reality: Christian Platonism for Our Times (Cascade, 2014), and Faith's Knowledge: Explorations into the Theory and Application of Theological Epistemology (Pickwick, 2013)

Areopagus Lecture 4

Paul Tyson: Escaping the Silver Chair

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Philosopher Paul Tyson’s talk, entitled “Escaping the Silver Chair: Renewed Minds and Our Vision of Reality,” explores 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. $4.


Volume 139

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Guests on Volume 139: W. Bradford Littlejohn, on post-Reformation debates about the meaning of freedom; Simon Oliver, on how the doctrine of creation ex nihilo is a doctrine about God (and not just the origin of the universe); Matthew Levering, on the necessity of God’s wisdom in the doctrine of creation; Esther Lightcap Meek, on Michael Polanyi’s case that making contact with reality is a process of discovery; Paul Tyson, on resisting our modern assumptions about knowledge in favor of knowledge that is grounded in wonder; and David Fagerberg, on acquiring a liturgical posture in everyday life.