Charles Taylor and the Modern Search for Identity


In the modern quest for identity, there is no better place to turn than premiere Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor. In this video, Dr. Gordon Carkner, campus chaplain with graduate students and faculty at UBC Vancouver, discusses moral frameworks and offers fresh language and solutions for the modern identity crisis of Millennials. Spirituality-Morality-Identity are interwoven in this exploration of a mature (thick) identity.

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A Rapprochement Between Faith & Reason


"What should we believe about faith and reason whatever our starting point or prejudgments? It is perhaps a life-long quest to understand the nuances of this faith-reason, knowledge-religion relationship. Nothing is more important for balance in our lives and our thinking inside and outside the university."

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The Forum Lecture Series at UBC


The upcoming, online lecture series from UBC Graduate and Faculty Christian Forum for the 2022-2023 school year. 

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Engaging the University

An intro video to Graduate Christian Union at University of British Columbia.


Rescuing the Lost Language of Meaning

Some elements in modern culture have worked to repress/restrict our language usage--in particular what Charles Taylor calls the 'meta-biological', the language of significance. Restricted language means necessarily limited awareness/thinking capacity. This webinar is not about a lost civilization discovered by an anthropologist, but similar in some ways.

 


Sent & Sending: Gord & Ute Carkner

A closer look at Gord & Ute's campus ministry at UBC. 


Is there Rational Evidence for the Resurrection?

Some allege that the resurrection of Jesus was a hoax. We must decide whether there is a more plausible alternative than an actual physical, bodily resurrection. Much hangs on the answer.


Science & Scientism

Dr. Ard Louis, Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford, speaks on "Science and Scientism" in this online webinar. Dr. Paul Rowe, from Trinity Western University, speaks on "The Appeal of Caesar: the Future of Christians Living in the Authoritarian Context of the Middle East. 

An online Lecture from UBC Graduate and Faculty Christian Forum on April 6, 2022. 


Re-thinking our Myth of the Secular

Many people seem to be hungry for fresh perspectives on the current Western cultural ethos. Dr. Gordon E. Carkner argues that we need to urgently rethink our view of the 'secular'.

In this video, he reveals something quite astonishing in the work of eminent Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor.

 


Transcendent Goodness & Human Hospitality 

What are the theological and philosophical roots or drivers of hospitality? From his research on the self in late modernity, Dr. Carkner delves into this question.


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