THEOLOGY | Understanding Modernity

Joseph Clair talks with Paul Lorenzini about key cultural movements in post-enlightenment history.

Joseph Clair talks with Paul Lorenzini about some of the key cultural movements in post-enlightenment history. They discuss romanticism, materialism, and Christianity, and the tension that found its climax in the 1960s. They also touch on the value of understanding the historical context of contemporary thought and the powerful way that the Gospel of Jesus meets the true spiritual needs of all people.

Dr. Paul Lorenzini is a nuclear engineer, writer, and philosopher. A student of Francis Schaeffer, Paul focuses on following philosophical thought through the centuries since the enlightenment.

Learn more about Paul here.

Our host, Joseph Clair, serves as the executive dean of the Cultural Enterprise at George Fox University, which encompasses the humanities, theology, education, and professional studies. He is also an associate professor of theology and culture. Before joining the George Fox faculty in 2013, he earned his PhD in the religion, ethics and politics program at Princeton University while also working as an assistant in instruction. Prior to Princeton, Clair earned an MPhil at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. He also holds master’s degrees from Fordham and Duke University, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College.

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