Thursday 21 September 2017

Material Spirituality with Neal DeRoo

How can we think of ourselves as leading “spiritual lives” in the 21st century? What do we mean when we talk about meaning? Can we separate “religion” and “spirituality”? How do liturgies shape us? Are liturgies limited to church services? Are we only able to express our spirituality in the context of religious communities?

On September 29th, the Institute for Christian Studies will host philosopher Neal DeRoo to talk about questions like these through his work on phenomenology and contemporary philosophy. Weaving together insights from Edmund Husserl, Gilles Deleuze, Michel Henry, Merleau-Ponty, and Herman Dooyeweerd, DeRoo suggests a paradigm for thinking about our embodied expressions of spirituality, expressions that DeRoo argues are not exclusively religious but part of every domain of life.

The morning will begin with a presentation by DeRoo entitled “Material Spirituality: Religion and Phenomenal Expression,” followed by an interview and a Q&A session open to those attending.

The event will be held in the ICS classroom, at 229 College Street, from 10:30-12:30 on Friday, September 29.