Theology of Running Away


Have you ever seen an ad that made you feel like being anywhere but here? Have you ever thought what that might have to do with the Christian life?

In this presentation, Dr. Matthew Tan looks at popular media to help us explore the deep linkages that pop culture’s trope of escape has with the Christian tradition. He will also identify the serious divergences that pop culture’s version of escape has with the Christian, and explore how true escape is necessary, and possible, in Jesus Christ.


This talk is produced by the Dawson Society for Philosophy and Culture of Perth, Western Australia. For more information and for similar lectures, visit the Dawson Society website or the Dawson Society Facebook page.

About Author

Dr Matthew Tan is the Felice and Margredel Zaccari Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy at Campion College. He recently served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Catholic Studies department and Centre for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago in the United States. His book "Justice, Unity and the Hidden Christ" was published in 2014 and is available at

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