4 June 2024

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm

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The Placement of Jest in Youth Ministry: A Kierkegaardian Enquiry

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With the youth of today being immersed in meme culture, the debate concerning the place of irony and humour within religious life needs to be revisited. Is there such a place? Are Christian youth able to remain faithful to Christ while participating in meme culture (a culture which, broadly speaking, rejects the category of the sacred)? This lecture answers such questions affirmatively, proposing a discipleship strategy for Christian youth ministry based on Søren Kierkegaard's theological dialectic of jest and earnestness. 

Join us from 5:30pm for a light supper in the College dining room prior to the lecture starting at 6:15pm. 


About the Speakers


Ernie Laskaris

Ernie Laskaris, a graduate of Melbourne School of Theology, has recently submitted his PhD thesis to the University of Queensland, having spent the past three years conducting a Kierkegaardian study on contemporary youth culture. He also serves as a pastor of a local church in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.

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