The eminent historian, Edwin Judge, takes us back to the mind of the Roman Empire as they faced the burgeoning growth of Christianity. Furthermore, he recreates the self-identity and characteristics that defined early Christianity - including that this new thing was not a 'religion' in the minds of either the Christians or the Romans. This jewel of a talk/interview merits a couple of hearings as it is packed with the depths and profundity of Edwin's lifelong journey.
In his last talk, Tony explained how Descartes narrowed our picture of reality, and of humanity. In this talk, he moves to the positive and expounds an amplified definition of both reality and humanity. He will ground this in the debate between Aquinas and Duns Scotus, and then move on to the modern mind and the battle of what it means to be human in the world of cognitive science and artificial intelligence. Is our mind just a machine or is it a soul? Will we one day be able to teach machines to think? if that is so, where is our uniqueness? He will explain how the Incarnation stands like a light on the hill that amplifies what it means to be human, and it locates that vision in history’s ultimate research project – the life, times and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.
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to take God out of the religious box
In a real sense there is no end to this exploration as we are pursuing what the great theologian Jonathan Edwards called ‘the infinite enlargement’.