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Tony Golsby-Smith

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Inscape & the Glory of God

Gerard Manley Hopkins only lived a short life and he never published a single poem during his lifetime. However, this intense and brilliant Jesuit priest revolutionised forever how poetry was written and laid the foundations for twentieth-century poetry. He is arguably the greatest religious poet of all time, and yet some psychiatrists also believe that nobody wrote about depression with such penetrating insight as he did. He was a true manic genius. The theory of ‘inscape’ underpinned lots of his poetic philosophy and inspired such greats as Tolkien. In this talk, Tony will open up the wondrous world of Hopkins for us.

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February

14

Christian Ways of Knowing: where does the Scripture fit?

Brad Jersak

Our 2020 theme is: "Knowing and Mystery: The gospel's offer of hope to a postmodern world." We have always been comfortable with ambiguity, so we thought this year it would be timely to make this explicit. We believe it is very important, especially now in today’s troubled world. The postmodern era has rejected the transcendent and found itself struggling to find meaning. The knee jerk reaction is to get back to fundamentals to find meaning, but it is not found there either. So all of our topics will have something to say about 'how we know as humans and believers.'

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