October 8, 2015

Hobbits as agents of evangelisation – Dr Sweeney speaks at Dawson Society

by Tom Gourlay

By Dr Marco Ceccarelli In the latest instalment of the Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture Speakers’ Forum, Dr Conor Sweeny, from Melbourne’s John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, led his audience on an unusual yet intriguing journey …

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September 25, 2014

Congratulations Prof. Rowland

by Tom Gourlay

We at the Dawson Society were thrilled by the announcement of Professor Tracey Rowland’s appointment to the International Theological Commission. The Commission, established by Blessed Pope Paul VI in 1969 for the purpose of “assisting the Holy See, and in particular …

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November 11, 2013

Religion & Politics: Volatile Mix or Perfect Partnership?

by Tom Gourlay

In polite conversation there are two topics, they say, that one should never bring up. One is religion, the other is Politics. In public debate, and no more so than in the political arena, it is often argued that somehow …

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October 18, 2013

Beauty will save the world?

by Tom Gourlay

The Dawson Society was recently honoured to host Professor Tracey Rowland, Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne. Professor Rowland flew across the country to give a public lecture titled “What did Dostoyevsky mean when …

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September 24, 2013

The Commercialisation of Culture (part three)

by Daniel Matthys

In my previous posts (part one and part two) I looked at the historical development of the contemporary entertainment industry. In this final post I shall trace in more detail some of the consequences of the commercialisation of culture and also …

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September 3, 2013

Religion: The Key of History – Why you should read Dawson

by Tom Gourlay

“Religion is the key of history.  We cannot understand the inner form of a society unless we understand its religion.  We cannot understand its cultural achievements unless we understand the religious beliefs that lie behind them.  In all ages the …

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