CPC³ Lectures

Theology, Tradition, and our Times

CPC³ Lectures

Theology | Tradition | ... and Our Times

November. 30, 2022 - Dr. Andrew Kaethler - The Church and Human Flourishing
Dr. Andrew Kaethler

"The Church and Human Flourishing" by Dr. Andrew Kaethler November 30, 2022

Dr. Andrew Kaethler grew up in the Lower Mainland. He received a B.A. in Christianity and Culture from TWU as well as an M.A. in Religion, Culture, and Ethics. Following his MA, Andrew spent a year running (actually sanding, spraying, and brushing) his own painting company before his wife fortunately encouraged him to pursue teaching. Surprisingly, this led Andrew and his family to Eastern Europe, Lithuania to be precise. Here at LCC International University, Andrew taught philosophy, theology, and cross-listed English/theology courses for four years and during this time discovered his love and passion for teaching. After four years and two additional children he moved to St Andrews, Scotland, where he spent four years working on a Ph.D. in systematic theology at the University of St Andrews. Although he did not golf in Scotland, he did participate in the consumption of haggis, drank a few drams of whiskey, and danced at the odd Ceilidh. It was in Scotland, the land of the fiery reformer John Knox, that Andrew and his family were received into the Catholic Church, a ‘conversion’ process that began at TWU almost twenty years earlier.

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Dr. Paul Kingsbury - Paradoxical Spaces of Belief in Paranormal Investigation Cultures
Poster for lecture with Dr. Henderson and image of St. Jerome behind

"Paradoxical Spaces of Belief in Paranormal Investigation Cultures" by Dr. Paul KingsburyOctober 26, 2022

Lecture (Short) Description:
Dr. Paul Kingsbury examines UFO conferences, ghost investigations, and Sasquatch expeditions to consider how these have proliferated. He explores how the paranormal investigators’ enduring and unaware beliefs in God or the “big Other” are manifest in their social behaviours and rituals. What does this all mean in relation to Christian faith?
Lecture (Long) Description:
Despite the formation of a Western secular society, researchers have observed a surge in the beliefs and practices associated with the paranormal. Central to these new paranormal cultures is the increase in popularity of paranormal investigation organizations that study anomalous phenomena. My lecture examines the psychoanalytic geographies of UFO conferences, ghost investigations, and Sasquatch expeditions to consider how these spaces have proliferated not because of the oft-proclaimed death of God, but because, following Jacques Lacan, “God is unconscious.” Given Lacan’s anti-psychological assertion that the “unconscious is outside,” I explore how the paranormal investigators’ enduring and unaware beliefs in God or the “big Other” are materially externalized in their socio-spatial practices and rituals. Specifically, I illustrate how these spaces of belief are animated by a series of Lacanian paradoxes: enjoyment as an injunction, fantasy as a support of reality, recovering an object of desire that was never lost, love as giving something we don’t have, and non-dupery as the shortest path to error. I conclude by reflecting on how paranormal investigations are quite ordinary insofar as the above paradoxes permeate everyday life and are predicated on a faith in mystery rather than a mystery of faith.
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