Religion the root of consumerism and society values

May 21, 2015

Prof Brad Gregory is Murdoch's international theologian for 2015.The importance of religion to modern day society and values will be discussed in a lecture series at Murdoch University in May.

Murdoch University’s International Theologian for 2015, Professor Brad Gregory, will discuss his research in what makes a human and how we understand humans in Western culture.

Professor Gregory has investigated the history of Western society and has uncovered the unintended and unexpected by-product of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century.

“By questioning the validity of the views and power of the Catholic Church, the Protestant Reformation created a society where the hyperpluralism of beliefs, the absence of a substantive common good and the triumph of capitalism could flourish,” Professor Gregory said.

Professor Gregory will discuss how although religion is thought by many to be a marginal force in society, it is still exerting considerable influence.

From medieval disembodied souls, to creatures prone to evil, to mere mechanistic physical beings, Professor Gregory will present a lecture series entitled Embodied Souls and their rivals: Human Nature since the Reformation.

The series of three lectures will be held in the Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University, at 6:30pm on 21, 27 May and 3 June.

For more information about the lecture or contacting Prof Gregory, please contact Professor Rowan Strong, / 08 9369 6470.


Brad S. Gregory is Professor of History and Dorothy G. Griffin Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame (USA), where he has taught since 2003.  Professor Gregory specialises in the history of Christianity in Europe during the Reformation era and on the long-term influence of the Reformation era on the modern world. He has given invited lectures at many of the most prestigious universities around the world.

Professor Brad Gregory has devoted years of research to understanding the historical development of western society. He found the key to its characteristics in the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. The result of this research is his recent book, The Unintended Reformation (2012).

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