"If I cannot listen to the subtle manifestation of rich reality in my environment, I will necessarily try to impose my wilful codes on others. If I am not open to reality and do not obey the voice of reality, a terrible distortion takes place. Sooner or later I will turn the whole relationship around: Instead of listening to reality in people and events, I become convinced that reality in people and events should listen to me."

[Adrian van Kaam, The Art of Existential Counseling, Dimension Books, 1966, 80.]

Course: The Rise of the Virtual World - The Book of Revelation Today

JRobert Tilley 2
Wednesday 16, 23, 30 Sept
We all live in an increasingly unreal world where matter has become immaterial and talk is of the post-human where humans, animals, and inorganic life are to be treated as one and the same. It is a world labelled ‘Surveillance Capitalism’ but it is more than this;

it is a world in which both the military and intelligence agencies speak of hybrid warfare in which creating a culture of chaos is a major part of the agenda. What once seemed like the nightmares of conspiracy theorists are now a regular feature even in the main stream press. And in the margins of outlying cyber space more and more people post comments likening the state of things to what is described in the Book of Revelation. In this short course we will discuss contemporary culture and Revelation and how they intersect.

Dr Robert Tilley did his Doctorate at the University of Sydney with a thesis entitled Reading the Sacred Text. His thesis set out to rethink the nature of ‘creation as a text of God’ (natural theology) by way of an engagement with Scripture (revealed theology) and did this by way of late and postmodern discussions on the nature of textuality. He has lectured widely on a variety of topics, endeavouring to show how Scripture, theology, philosophy, and the arts all interrelate. He has lectured in Biblical Studies at the Catholic Institute of Sydney for close to ten years now, and for a longer period of time has been a regular lecturer in Biblical Studies, the arts and theology at the Aquinas Academy. He has also lectured at UNDA Sydney and tutored in Biblical Studies at the University of Sydney.

Presenter: Dr Robert Tilley
Where: Aquinas Academy, Level 5, 141 Harrington St, Sydney
When: Two Wednesday mornings, 10am – 12noon, 16, 23 & 30 September, 2020
Cost: $120 per person

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