Fall 2019 Conference: Ca$h Rules Everything Around Me
September 18-19, 2019
Conference program to come.
It is common to think that money rules in our society today, but is this true for you: does cash rule everything around you, or does it rule you, too? This conference will ask you to think seriously about money and the role it plays in your life, your happiness, and how you go through university.
Dr. Neal DeRoo
Dr. Gerda Kits
Dr. Leah Martin-Visscher
Dr. Arlette Zinck
There will be an evening lecture, "Idols at IKEA: The Gospel of Consumerism," for members of the public on Wednesday, September 18 at 7 p.m. in N102 with Dr. DeRoo, and a dinner event for alumni and area clergy from 5:30 p.m. 6:45 p.m. Please register here.
Idols at IKEA: The Gospel of Consumerism
Is it possible to be a Christian and consumerist at the same time? What about a Christian and a Muslim at the same time? For most Christians, the first option is possible (perhaps even necessary, in our culture), while the second is not possible: Islam and Christianity are competing religions so to choose one is necessarily to not choose the other, while consumerism is more social than religious so it doesn’t necessarily conflict with Christianity.
In this talk, Dr. Neal DeRoo will ask us to rethink consumerism as a spiritual problem, not just a social one. Highlighting the "gospel" that is at work in consumerism, he will try to show that the messages inherent in consumerism are distortions of the gospel of Jesus, and so do not fit with Christianity particularly well. He will end by highlighting two areas where this rival gospel has affected how we live our lives: first, how we buy things; and second, how we think about church.
Dr. Neal DeRoo
Neal DeRoo, professor of philosophy at The King’s University in Edmonton, is Canada Research Chair in Phenomenology and Philosophy of Religion. He is the author of many publications on religion and contemporary European philosophy, including Futurity in Phenomenology (2013). He was the Founding Editor of In All Things, an online hub for thinking through the implications of the lordship of Christ in all aspects of life. He has also served in executive positions and on the board of the Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service, the Institute for Christian Studies, Christian Scholar’s Review, and the Canadian Journal for Scholarship and the Christian Faith, among others. He lives with his wife and two kids in the woods east of Sherwood Park.