The Revolution of Religion


“The contribution of religion – and for Dawson in particular Christianity – is not merely the addition of a religious element to the culture, but rather a prising open of this closed, self-absorbed world, so that human society is invested with a new spiritual purpose and vitality that is capable of transcending the conflicting interests of individual, class and race.”

In this presentation entitled “The Revolution of Religion: The Dangerous Ideas of Christopher Dawson”, Karl Schmude explores Christopher Dawson’s thoughts on the revolutionary nature of religion – particularly Christianity – as contrasted to modern secularism.


This presentation was part of The Christopher Dawson Centre for Cultural Studies’ 2015 Colloquium on the theme “Ideas Dangerous to Atheism”, hosted in Hobart, Australia.

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