Public Lecture: Jimmy Kyriacou (1 March 2017, 19h00)
A SPIRITUALITY OF EMERGENCE:
At the Crossroads of Religion and Science
According to St Thomas Aquinas “Sacred writings are bound into two volumes: that of creation and that of Holy Scripture.” The mystic Meister Eckhart exclaimed “Every Creature is a Book about God. Apprehend God in all things, for God is in all things. Every creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. If I spent enough time with the tiniest creature – even a caterpillar – I would never have to prepare a sermon, so full of God is every creature.” In more recent times Teilhard de Chardin saw spirit in nature and in evolution. Teilhard’s thought integrated matter and spirit as well as science and religion. The divine was part of an evolutionary process of increasing complexity that was increasingly conscious of itself. Everything was evolving toward the supreme consciousness of God which he called the Omega Point.
‘Emergence’ is the concept used in many domains from physics to biology to neuroscience. Basically, it means the increasing levels of complexity that give rise to radically novel and often unexpected properties. In this presentation, I will argue that ‘emergence’ can be understood not only metaphysically, scientifically and psychologically, but also spiritually.
Wednesday, 1 March 2017, 19:00
St Augustine Auditorium
53 Ley Road, Victory Park, JHB
*** Free of charge, although a cash donation to St Augustine would be appreciated
Jimmy Kyriacou is a former Advocate of the Supreme Court of South Africa, whose life was powerfully impacted by his discovery of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming – a branch of cognitive psychology) in 1987. Wanting to contribute more significantly to empowering people to realise their full potential, he made the shift from the practice of law, to management consulting and training, in 1991. Jimmy has read and studied widely in numerous fields. In addition to his Legal degrees, he holds an Honours degree in Philosophy, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from a leading international university. He is a long-time practitioner of meditation and other forms of contemporary spirituality. He was awarded a MPhil degree in Spirituality from St Augustine College in 2013 and has recently completed a second MPhil degree in Philosophy, both with distinction. He is currently working on a proposal for a PhD in Contemplative Neuroscience. He is currently teaching the 2nd year philosophy course at St Augustine College.