From 7:30 pm until 9:30 pm
At Lancaster University Chaplaincy
Lancaster University Chaplaincy Lancaster University, LA1 4YW Lancaster, Lancashire
Lancaster University Chaplaincy / +44 1524 594071
Oxford Dictionaries has declared “post-truth” to be its international word of the year. Defined by the dictionary as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief”, editors said that use of the term “post-truth” had increased by around 2,000% in 2016 compared to last year. The spike in usage, it said, is “in the context of the EU referendum in the United Kingdom and the presidential election in the United States”. The rise of the word has also coincided with a claimed widening of voices in the national and international political landscape.
We would expect people to approach this topic in different ways, maybe some reflecting on the impact of the current political climate on their own personal faith, or on faith in general, or on faith’s impact in contributing to the climate, or many others. Any perspective is welcome, and it may be the meaning of the topic for us may only fully unfold as we engage in discussion on the night.