Spirituality in a Materialistic World

A Presentation by Fr David Moore

Thursday, July 6, 2017 7.30-9.30pm
The Quaker House, 10 Hampson Street
Kelvin Grove (park on Prospect Terrace)
Members and Concession: $10, Non-members $15

It seems that though people are reticent to identify with 'religion', most apparently are happy to identify with 'spirituality'.  Yet all of us live in a materialistic world.  What sense does 'spirituality' make in such a milieu?

In its scientific sense, ‘materialistic’ means that there is nothing apart from matter. Everything else – including consciousness, spirituality, religion, psyche, and so on – is considered to be non-measurable, and therefore non-existent.  This means that whether people ‘believe’ in religious systems or consider themselves empathetic to ‘spirituality’, the assumptions of both are incompatible with all the fundamental underpinnings of modern Western consciousness, and in particular Western economics and technology.

The consequence of this is living a kind of split existence which denies the reality of the non-material meaning systems that most people continue to employ in order to make sense of everyday life.

In this presentation I will reflect on four 20th century concepts which may offer some fruitful dialogue towards healing the split:

  •  CG Jung’s Archetypes, 
  • Rupert Sheldrake’s Morphogenetic Fields,
  • Max Born’s Quantum Field, 
  • Teilhard de Chardin’s Omega Point.

 

Fr David Moore initially studied chemistry and worked as an industrial chemist, then completed communication studies and education degrees, working as a secondary teacher of media studies, prior to theological studies and ordination as an Anglican priest. He has served in parishes in the dioceses of Perth, Christchurch NZ, and Melbourne.