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Aug 2016
Can Secular Morality Tame Religious Violence?

According to University of Notre Dame philosopher Gary Gutting, the answer is a qualified ‘yes.’ Gutting has an interesting piece on religion and violence in the New York Times philosophy blog, The Stone, in which he uses the recent murder of a French priest by Islamic militants as the starting point for comparing Christianity and Islam with respect to religiously motivated violence. Gutting notes that there have been periods and places in history where Islam has been more tolerant of religious dissent than Christianity, and vice versa. However, citing 2013 Pew Centre......

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29
Jul 2016
Free Public Lecture – Julianne Funk – "Alternative Religious Responses to Ethnic Conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Faith-Based Peace and Reconciliation"

Religion is often accused of intolerance towards other religions and, consequently, religious diversity in a society is assumed to be a cause for crisis, instability, and even armed violence. Yet religious faith also serves as a basis of shared values and a motivator for reconciliation and mutual understanding for many believers. Using examples from post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, Julianne Funk (University of Zurich), will explore this dynamic according to her qualitative empirical research and a set of faith- based peacebuilding methods. Given current public opinion about Islam, this research is notable in......

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12
Jul 2016
**Reminder** — Free Lecture — Dr. Paul Martens: "Neo-Anabaptism is Dead; Long Live Neo-Anabaptism"

Dr. Paul Martens, Associate Professor of Religion (Ethics) at Baylor University, will give a free public lecture at the Menno Simons Centre, Vancouver, BC, entitled “Neo-Anabaptism is Dead; Long Live Neo-Anabaptism.” Paul has co-edited several collections of John Howard Yoder’s writings and published The Heterodox Yoder (2012). His primary area of interest is the intersection of religion and morality and, to that end, he has also written on a range of topics including Kierkegaard’s ethics, nonviolence and natural law, Metallica’s moral universe, and Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince. Location: Menno Simons Centre, 4000......

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04
Jul 2016
Zombie Ideas

One theme that we’ll be exploring in different ways through the Humanitas Centre is the process of integrating information from a variety of sources into one’s view and experience of the world. For example, how does knowledge from science, philosophy, history, theology, etc., fit together? What are the best practices for handling tensions or disagreements when one source seems to conflict with another? Steven Poole’s Guardian article “Why Bad Ideas Refuse to Die” addresses an aspect of this process through the concept of “zombie ideas.” Many ideas have been brilliantly upgraded or......

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29
Jun 2016
Free Lecture — Dr. Paul Martens: "Neo-Anabaptism is Dead; Long Live Neo-Anabaptism"

Dr. Paul Martens, Associate Professor of Religion (Ethics) at Baylor University, will give a free public lecture at the Menno Simons Centre, Vancouver, BC, entitled “Neo-Anabaptism is Dead; Long Live Neo-Anabaptism.” Paul has co-edited several collections of John Howard Yoder’s writings and published The Heterodox Yoder (2012). His primary area of interest is the intersection of religion and morality and, to that end, he has also written on a range of topics including Kierkegaard’s ethics, nonviolence and natural law, Metallica’s moral universe, and Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince. Location: Menno Simons Centre, 4000......

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27
Jun 2016

Our conversation today is with blogger and writer, Benjamin Corey. Ben’s popular blog, “Formerly Fundie,” is part of the progressive Christian channel on patheos.com. Ben self-identifies as an Anabaptist, and he brings that perspective to critique many of the social and theological norms which are part of the mainstream, cultural, and largely American Evangelicalism. During our conversation, Ben talked about a number of things, including his move out of fundamentalism, how to read the Bible as a post-Evangelical, and what it’s meant for him to take the life of Jesus seriously as......

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03
Mar 2015
Rudy Wiebe - Faith and Death

TWU’s Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning (A-MCFL) presents an evening with award-winning Canadian and Mennonite author Rudy Wiebe. Faith and Death: an Evening with Rudy Wiebe, will be held Tuesday March 3, and will engage themes of faith, death, and writing. “The public lecture continues our connection to our constituency,” said Myron A. Penner, Ph.D., Director of the A-MCFL and Associate Professor of Philosophy. “It brings people to campus and demonstrates that TWU is a place where issues and ideas are explored with excellence.” The lecture is connected to Wiebe’s latest novel, Come......

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12
Nov 2014
Humanitas Centre launch

LANGLEY, B.C. Trinity Western University (TWU) is now home to something new – the first university based research centre to study the integration of faith and learning from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective. More than a hundred guests gathered on the Langley, B.C., campus on Oct. 24, 2014, to celebrate the creation of the Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning. The centre, more than three years in the planning, was the dream of the Mennonite Faith and Learning Society, formed to foster teaching and research on Anabaptist and Mennonite history, practice and values. The first director......

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24
Oct 2014
Faith and Learning for the Intellectually Disenfranchised

Friday, October 24, 2014 marked the launch of Trinity Western University’s Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning (A-MCFL). An initiative of the Mennonite Faith and Learning Society (MFLS), a non-profit society that promotes Mennonite studies in higher education through the establishment of chairs and research centres at Canadian universities, the Centre will be a strong point of connection between the University and the Lower Mainland’s strong, vibrant Anabaptist-Mennonite faith community. “The Anabaptist Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning will have a high impact on TWU students and Mennonite students,” said Director and Associate Professor......

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