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Do We Really Live in a Secular Age?

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Hillcrest Community Centre

4575 Clancy Loranger Way

Vancouver, BC V5Y 2M4

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do we really live in a secular age

ARPICO and Prof. Edward Slingerland present...

DO WE REALLY LIVE IN A SECULAR AGE?

The so-called “myth of secularization” held that, with standards of living and education levels rising around the world, traditional religious beliefs and affiliations would eventually fade away. More and more people, it was thought, would join the West in its state of living without supernatural commitments or ancient superstitions, guided solely by rationality, empirical evidence and enlightened self-interest. This myth appears to be mistaken on at least two fronts. To begin with, religiosity has by no means faded away. In some regions of the world levels of religiosity have risen dramatically, and in many places strongly fundamentalist regimes have replaced secular ones. Religious-based violence seems to be alive and well. At a deeper level, it is questionable whether or not it is possible for human beings to live as purely secular moderns. Prof. Slingerland’s talk will focus on this deeper level, discussing a variety of historical, philosophical and psychological evidence suggesting that human beings cannot function outside a framework of metaphysical commitments that function to support both moral judgments and a broader sense of purpose or meaning. His purpose is not to deny the uniqueness or desirability of modern secular liberalism, merely to arrive at a more nuanced understanding of what it means to live in a secular age.

Prof. Edward Slingerland is Distinguished University Scholar and Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. His research specialties and teaching interests include Warring States (5th-3rd c. B.C.E.) Chinese thought, religious studies, cognitive linguistics, ethics, and the relationship between the humanities and the natural sciences. His latest monograph is entitled, Mind and Body in Early China: Beyond Orientalism and the Myth of Holism (OUP, forthcoming).



Event Doors Open at 6:30 pm.

Event starts at 7:00 pm.

Q&A and complimentary refreshments follow the speaker segment.



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  • All ARPICO events are 100% staffed by volunteer organizers and helpers, however, room rental, stationery, and guest refreshments are costs incurred and underwritten by members of ARPICO. Therefore to be fair, all audience participants are asked to donate to the best of their ability at the door to "help" defray costs of the event.

Everyone is welcome. See you there!



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Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event? No, you do not. Your name will be on our Registration List at the Check-in Desk.



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Can I update my registration information? Yes. If you have any questions, contact us at info@arpico.ca



What are my transport/parking options?

  • Bus/Train: The closest Skytrain station is King Edward Station on the Canada Line. From there take the 33 bus southbound and get off at Midlothian Ave FS Clancy Loranger Way. It is a 2 minute walk from there.
  • Parking: There is parking at the community centre. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the Google Maps view of the parking around the Community Centre and Nat Bailey stadium.
  • hillcrest parking map



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