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Other seminars you get access to, include:

  • Embracing the Absurd | Atheism isn’t Enough

  • Beyond Belief | Christianity and Ideology Critique

  • The Alien from Inner Space | Sin and Prometheus

  • On Love | The Unwanted Gift of Nothing

  • Embracing Failure | On Not Getting what you Want

  • The Tech of Pyrotheology | Transformance Art

  • The Tech of Pyrotheology | Decentering Practices

  • Freedom from Meaning | Drive, Grace, the Absurd

  • The Last Guru | On Fantasy and Transference

  • Escaping the Sitcom | On Brent and Gargoyles

  • Catching Light | Lewis and the Sublime

  • God After God | The Certainty of Doubt

  • Joined by Lack | The Ontic and the Metaphysical

  • Confronting the Holy | Whole or Hole

  • Losing the Lost Object | On Conversion

  • On Envy and Jealousy | Girard and Christology

  • Deranged Animal | Desire, Drive and The Thing

  • The Meaning in Life | Drive and the Transcendental

  • Alienation Times Two | Traversing the Fantasy

  • God Forsaking God | Conversion, Forgiveness, Joy

  • Who is No. 1 | Peterson, PC and the Unconscious

  • Is God Dead | The Event of Radical Theology

  • Mapping Pyrotheology | Returning to the Start

WAKE | The Livestream

For the first time, I will be attempting to livestream the main talks from this years WAKE festival. I say “attempt” because something might go wrong. However, I will also be recording a video and audio only version, that I’ll be uploading within 48 hours of each talk. All times are in GMT.

To access these you just need to be signed up to the Inferno level on Patreon. Around six weeks after the event, I’ll be giving access to everyone who is signed up to the Blaze level. And six months after that I will be making them more freely available.


Dates and times

Pyrotheology 101 | Peter Rollins | 29th Apr | 10:30am

This is a chance to get a basic introduction to Peter’s work. While other people will be off on a tour of the city, you can get the chance to sit with Peter and talk about the basics of pyrotheology. The material will be old hat to those who have been following him for a while, but great for people who are just kicking off.

God of the Gap | Peter rollins | 29th Apr | 2:30pm

In the 17th century, Blaise Pascal introduced the term ‘God-shaped hole’ to describe a fundamental sense of lack that defines the existential predicament of human beings. Whether this is manifest subjectively (in a person’s experience) or objectively (in their symptoms), the religious orientation can be described as aimed at ridding us of this experience. Some religions view this lack as an illusion to be dissipated, while others see it as a real gap to be filled. Positions which are alive and well in various secular guises. In this talk, Peter will argue that Pascal did name something fundamental in his expression ‘God-shaped hole’ (something with significance beyond the merely human), and that a religionless conversion involves radically confronting this hole, affirming it, and finding a place within it.

NO SATISFACTION | TODD MCGOWAN | 29th apr | 4pm

We tend to think of conversion in terms of knowledge. We see the light, become enlightened, and thus begin to think differently. But my contention is that conversion involves not a shift in our knowledge but a transformation of how we satisfy ourselves. More specifically, it occurs at the moments when we recognize that we already have what we were pursuing. It is this recognition that makes a shift in our mode of satisfaction possible and that can facilitate as assertion of our freedom.

IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT | PETER ROLLINS | 30th apr | 10:30am

In this talk, Peter will be looking at Pyrotheology as a theory and technology of fundamental transformation. He’ll be digging deep into what it means to undergo the death of God objectively, subjectively and unconsciously, before exploring what is born in the aftermath of this event. This talk will be exploring what it means to undergo a fundamental shift in the way that we desire, a shift that enables us to live in the world without being of the world.

CONVERSION DISORDER | JAMIESON WEBSTER | 30th apr | 12pm

Conversion disorder names a condition in which our bodies manifest a symptom (such as blindness, fatigue, or paralysis) that cannot be explained in medical terms. In psychoanalysis, the symptom can be thought of as a prophet in the wilderness of our psychic lives, naming a fundamental deadlock in our lives, that calls for a radical change. The analyst listens to this communication and helps us bear witness to this message and respond to it. Those with ears to hear discover a desire to change the way we desire, to disorder and reorder our lives. In this talk, Webster will explore the shifting meanings of conversion and reflect upon how we listen to the complex speech of our body. 

I MUST DIE IN YOU | PETER ROLLINS | 1st may | 10:30am

In this talk, Peter will be outlining how Conversion can be concretely understood within the frame of Pyrotheology and the role of a collective in inviting that fundamental reconfiguration of our desire.

EVERYTHING I LEARNED ABOUT THE BIBLE, I LEARNED FROM PROSTITUTES | BARRY TAYLOR | 1st may | 12pm

Wake favorite, Barry Taylor, will be giving us an autobiographical talk on his own ongoing experience of being ‘born again’, a journey that has taken him touring with AC/DC, to being part of a religious revival in Russia, doing music for porn movies, a sexual brush with the Children of God and the discovery of Death of God theology. Barry could well be the most interesting man in the world.