November 15, 2011 Dr. Miceal Ledwith – “The Life and Work of Dr. Miceal Ledwith, L.Ph., L.D., D.D., LL.D.”

 

 

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micealNovember 15, 2011: “In Discussion” Guest Dr. Miceal Ledwith was ordained a Catholic priest in 1967, was a professor of theology for sixteen years, and for the ten years following that, a College President. His research interests had always lain in the fundamental areas of religious belief, seeking answers to the “Four Great Questions” as he liked to call them: “Who am I? Where do I come from? What should I do? and where am I going?” After the fall of the Soviet Union when communications improved between Western Europe and the former Soviet bloc countries, Dr. Ledwith discovered that more than 70% of the population in central and Eastern Europe had no allegiance to any form of religious organization whatsoever. At the same time he noted a distinguished American sociologist had described Europe as “a church catastrophe,” while the Herald Tribune called it “the most godless quarter on earth.” Dr. Ledwith’s researches confirmed his earlier suspicions: that the lack of appeal which organized religion had for so many people was rooted in a far more serious and complex issue – an actual distaste for organized religion as opposed to a distaste for spirituality. He was surprised to find that so many people found God attractive, but the churches that regarded themselves as God’s instruments they found to be largely irrelevant. This was because they sensed organized religion had more interest in safe and predictable rituals, combined with hard and fast teachings rather than in promoting the discovery of God by the individual. He found that most people who had drifted away from religion did not seem to be holding anything serious against it; they simply believed that religion had nothing worthwhile to say to them anymore. In short he saw that religion was coming to enjoy the sinister peace of those whom the world had found irrelevant.

 

  1. May 3rd, 2010

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