Soviet Dissidents, the Church,
and Our Transhumanist Moment
Thursday, April 22nd
The Davenant Fellows Lectures
AN ONLINE LECTURE WITH Q&A
Writers such as Jordan Peterson and Rod Dreher have popularized the comparison of our society to that which immediately preceded the the USSR. In place of "hard totalitarianism", we supposedly live under "soft totalitarianism". Many have therefore begun looking to believers who survived under this oppressive regime for guidance. Names such as Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Vaclav Havel, and Vaclav Benda are becoming common currency among some Western Protestants. These men and others left behind a great legacy, not least of all in their writings.
Yet we are in danger of an engagement with these dissidents which is only skin deep. Their inspiring example is at risk of being little more than an aesthetic. If we are to truly learn from them, we must engage them not simply as exemplary saints, but as profound intellectuals in their own right. We must cry "ad fontes!" and return to the sources for ourselves - to the texts of penetrating insight, formed in the intellectual crucible of Soviet totalitarianism.
In this lecture, Colin Redemer will seek to engage in depth with the thought of these Christian dissidents, providing a basis for attendees to go away and grapple with their work first-hand. In doing so, we can begin to truly think like them for ourselves.
Attendees will then have the chance to participate in an extended Q&A time.
Vice President of The Davenant Institute
Adjunct Associate Professor at St. Mary's College of California
THE DAVENANT INSTITUTE
The Davenant Institute seeks to retrieve the riches of classical Protestantism in order to renew and build up the contemporary church.