The influence of the 1960s in our contemporary culture is still very much apparent. For some, the 1960s in civil rights and anti-war protests gave birth to wholly positive forms of civil engagement and cultural discourse. Others see the legacy of 1968 solely as a disastrous sexual revolution accompanied by the harmful deterioration of moral values. 1968 is also a significant year in the Catholic Church’s dialogue with the modern world, with the promulgation of and widespread dissent from Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, which he addressed to ‘all men and women of good will.’
This conference will examine how the priorities and concerns popularly expressed in the 1960s continue to shape the assumptions that underpin contemporary culture. The movements of the 1960s should not be commended or condemned unthinkingly. The organisers of this conference have sought out papers that seek to critically examine how the tradition of Christian thought might meet with the concerns, values, and ideas adopted, and enacted in the pivotal year of 1968.