Date(s) - 17/03/2015
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre


Institutional meltdown, booming spirituality: living in a contradictory age.

Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.”  (H. Hesse).

A Talk by Dr Desmond Ryan, Edinburgh University.

Desmond RyanDesmond Ryan will suggest that we are living through the most intense discontinuity in history.  Three fundamental areas of change will receive focused attention: religion, technology, and the family.  He will argue that only if we understand the impact of these changes can we understand why ours is an age of institutional meltdown and booming spirituality.

Dr Desmond Ryan is an Honorary Fellow in the School of Health in Social Science, Edinburgh University.  A career social science researcher always focused on lived experience, he has spent 45 years examining educational, religious, health and social care institutions, in Scotland, England, Italy, Spain, Cuba and Argentina. Trained originally as a historian, he believes that the greatest transitions are the least noticed, and that today’s transition is both hard to discern and impossible to escape because it is impacting everything.

Come and hear him speak here on Tuesday, 17th March at 7.30pm


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