by Joshua Harris on October 11, 2012
Father Martin Schlag explains a Catholic perspective on Christian Humanism
About video: Jens takes a few minutes to explain what he means by Christian Humanism
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How can we reconcile religion's universal claims on human beings with the need for harmonious co-existence?
Canada Research Chair Jens Zimmermann is tackling this question in his research by examining the philosophical, theological and cultural assumptions that are shaping recent "re-articulations" of Christianity within a global multi-faith and religious context. In the process, he is providing us with a better understanding of the conflicting tendencies in Western society: On the one hand, there is a resurgence of religion that is defining our humanity, spirituality and social ethic. And, on the other hand, there is a fear of religious fundamentalism and its destructive, dehumanizing tendencies.
Zimmermann's study cuts across the disciplines of philosophy, theology and cultural theory. Besides his academic research at Trinity Western University, Zimmermann is also developing links with scholars in Germany, France, the United States and elsewhere in Canada, who will participate in a series of colloquia, which he is planning as part of his work as the Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion and Culture.
See Jens' CV here