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The 2017 Pluscarden Pentecost Lectures: Gnosis and the Theocrats From Mars

The 2017 Pluscarden Pentecost Lectures: Gnosis and the Theocrats From Mars

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/06/2017
15:00 - 17:00

Location
Pluscarden Abbey

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The 2017 Pluscarden Pentecost Lectures

Secularity versus Secularisation

Four talks by Dr Francesca Murphy

Wednesday 7th June at 15:00

Dr Murphy plans to read a theological novel in 14 chapters, three or four short chapters per lecture. She does not want to give too much away or it will spoil the story.  In brief, the world has been invaded by theocrats from Mars.  Gnosis and Pistis (Knowledge and Faith), the hero and heroine of the novel, are trying to get rid of them. Will they succeed?

 

Lecture 3 – Secularity versus Secularisation: 

    • CHAPTER EIGHT: AN ABSENCE OF VOLITION
      • The Robots from Mars have no free will but they are exceptionally philanthropic.
    • CHAPTER NINE: SECULARITY VERSUS SECULARIZATION
      • How secularity makes belief in God and religion possible.
    • CHAPTER TEN: THE TROJAN HORSE:  COMEDY REGAINED
      • A glimpse of comedy enables some human beings to envisage life before the Robotic conquest.
    • CHAPTER ELEVEN: ESCAPE TO THE HOLY LAND
      • Resistance to the Robots’ Promethean secularism is not dead, but it is largely futile.

 

There will be no charge for these lectures and all are welcome to attend, either for the whole series or for individual lectures. For more information on the whole series download the 2017 Leaflet.

The lectures will take place as usual in St Scholastica’s Retreat, the white single storey building a short distance outside the main gate.

We can offer hospitality at the Abbey for a limited number of both men and women. Early booking is advised. There are also many places to stay in the Elgin area: contact the local tourist office: 01343 542666.

To register for the talks, make further enquiries, or book accommodation, please write to: Pentecost Lectures, Pluscarden Abbey, ELGIN, Moray IV30 8UA enclosing a SAE; fax 01343 890258; or email guestmaster@pluscardenabbey.org