Iain Provan: Whassup? Reading Culture: The War of Myths and the Mission of the Church

Date(s) - October 22, 2013
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Regent College Chapel

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The Bookstore is pleased to present an evening public lecture with Regent faculty member Iain Provan to celebrate the release of his new book, Convenient Myths: The Axial Age, Dark Green Religion, and the World that Never Was. A book signing will follow the talk.


The contemporary world has been shaped by two important and potent myths. Karl Jaspers’ construct of the “axial age” envisions the common past (800–200 BC), the time when Western society was born and world religions spontaneously and independently appeared out of a seemingly shared value set. Conversely, the myth of the “dark green golden age” as narrated by David Suzuki and others asserts that the axial age, and the otherworldliness that accompanied the emergence of organized religion, ripped society from a previously deep communion with nature. Both myths contend that to maintain balance we must return to the idealized past. In Convenient Myths, Iain Provan illuminates the influence of these two deeply entrenched and questionable myths, warns of their potential dangers, and forebodingly maps the implications of a world founded on such myths.


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