March 9, 2015

Dr Matthew Tan embarks on a theology of running away

by Tom Gourlay
Dr Matthew Tan delivers his talk at The Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture Speakers’ Forum. PHOTO: Jamie O’Brien, The record

Dr Matthew Tan delivers his talk at The Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture Speakers’ Forum. PHOTO: Jamie O’Brien, The Record

Article by Marco Ceccarelli, The Record

 

One may wonder what U2’s famous song Where the streets have no name could possibly have in common with the Book of Exodus, or what connection could be made between rock/metal band Evanescence’ s Anywhere and St John of the Cross’ Dark Night of the Soul.

Further curiosity is aroused when car and holiday advertisements and Hollywood films such as Leaving Las Vegas are said to have some form of theological significance.

Yet these were precisely the themes discussed by Sydney theologian Matthew Tan at the recent Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture Speakers’ Forum, held on Tuesday, 24 February at Rosie O’Grady’s, Northbridge, Perth.

In his talk, entitled Take Me With You: A Theology of Running Away, Dr Tan drew comparisons between narratives of escape within the postmodern city and the Bible, arguing that the much glamorised idea of escaping from the stifling city environment retains profound theological meaning….

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