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Modernism, Christianity and Apocalypse

            Event Date: 18-20 July 2012 Hotel Solstrand Solstrandveien 200, Postboks 54, 5201 Os, Norway Modernism, Christianity, and Apocalypse A conference organised by the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Bergen, Norway; funded by the Bergen Research Foundation through the ‘Modernism and Christianity’ research project. The modernist imperative ‘Make it new!’ posits a …

Tahir Kamran – The Christian Minority in the Pakistani Punjab

        Royal Holloway University of London Department of History and The University of Leeds School of History Event Date: 9 and 10 September 2010  Royal Asiatic Society 14 Stephenson Way, London NW1 Tahir Kamran – The Christian Minority in the Pakistani Punjab This study examines the status of the Christians in the post-colonial Pakistani Punjab. With religious …

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Atheism in Christianity: “Only an atheist can be a good Christian; only a Christian can be a good atheist”

17 October 2009 – In the long unavailable Atheism in Christianity, Ernst Bloch provides an original historical examination of Christianity in an attempt to find its social roots. He pursues a detailed study of the Bible and its long standing fascination for “ordinary and unimportant” people. In the Bible stories’ promise of utopia and their antagonism to authority, Bloch locates the appeal to the oppressed—the desire “to transcend without transcendence.” Through a lyrical yet close and nuanced analysis he explores the tensions within the text that promote atheism, against the authoritarian metaphysical theism imposed on it by priest interpreters. At the Bible’s heart he finds a heretical core and claims, paradoxically, that a good Christian must necessarily be an atheist. Speakers: Jane Shaw, Peter Thompson, Ben Morgan, Eric Kaufmann, George Pitcher