Now available: The Great Divide and the Salvation Paradox, by David P. Griffith

Now available from Pickwick Publications (Wipf & Stock): The Great Divide and the Salvation Paradox, by David P. Griffith (April 2022; 350pp+).

[Purchase: Pickwick Publications | Amazon]

Description:

The church in its first centuries split on whether Christ saved everyone or a few, Universalism versus Exclusivism. In the sixth century, the church settled the issue seemingly and held that Universalism was heresy. This book reviews this history as well as what provoked it–Scripture, on its face, gives two contradictory accounts of salvation’s extent: everyonea is ultimately saved and everyone is not. In contrast to both Exclusivism and Universalism, the book takes Scripture’s two accounts of salvation’s extent as true–that is, as a paradox. This is the approach the church has taken with other scriptural paradoxes. Saying one God is three, or one Son is both God and man, appeared to be contradictory too, but, to embrace Scripture entirely, these were seen as paradoxical. The Trinity modeled how one can be three, and the hypostatic union modeled how one can be two. For the paradox of salvation’s extent, the answer lies in the individual’s divisibility in the afterlife, one can be two. That is, in ultimate salvation, each individual can be both saved and unsaved.

Praise for The Great Divide and the Salvation Paradox:

“This subtle, learned, and intriguing analysis not only invites us to ponder anew some of the ultimate mysteries of the Christian revelation, but to see how the concept of paradox can encompass a wide range of apparently contradictory scriptural truths in order to underscore God’s gracious salvation in Christ. Those who follow David Griffith’s reasoning in this highly accomplished study will be enlightened and enrichened.” — D. Densil Morgan, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Lampeter, emeritus

“Griffith’s innovative take on the Christian paradox of exclusive or universal salvation is to find the paradox applied to every individual. A person’s eternal life and character are divisible and thus subject to both divine acceptance and judgment. This is a fascinating exercise in constructive theology and in defining a person in relationship to the eternal God.” — J. Andrew Dearman, Fuller Theological Seminary

“‘Who then can be saved?’ The question reverberates through Christian history from New Testament times. Taking Scripture seriously and employing a whole host of ancient as well as modern sources, David Griffith offers a fresh and original approach to the Bible’s apparent advocacy of both a universal and an exclusive salvation. Erudite, stimulating, and lucid, the discussion is both constructive and provocative. Careful reading will yield insights into theological anthropology as well as Christian soteriology.” —Robert Pope, Westminster College, Cambridge

“This is a novel book with a fascinating argument. As Griffith indicates, the stalemate in Christianity between universal and limited salvation seems to be an intractable issue without resolution. However, Griffith has provided an original way forward that deserves recognition and careful consideration. A timely piece and a tour de force.” — Michael Burdett, University of Nottingham

 

[Purchase: Pickwick Publications | Amazon]

 

Share

Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with Cyril O’Regan

Dr Philip Gonzales, St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, spoke to Prof. Cyril O’Regan (University of Notre Dame) ahead of the upcoming Future of Christian Thinking conference at St Patrick’s, Maynooth this April.

Share

Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with David Bentley Hart

Dr Philip Gonzales, St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, spoke to Dr. David Bentley Hart ahead of the upcoming Future of Christian Thinking conference at St Patrick’s, Maynooth this April.

Share

Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with John Milbank

Dr Philip Gonzales, St Patrick’s Pontifical University, Maynooth, spoke to Professor John Milbank, Theologian and Professor Emeritus at the University of Nottingham, ahead of the upcoming Future of Christian Thinking conference at St Patrick’s, Maynooth this April.

Share

Upcoming Postgraduate Courses by Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy

Two courses organized by the Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy and certified by the Pontifical University of Salamanca:

“We are proud to announce that the Pontifical University of Salamanca (UPSA) certifies this postgraduate course offering 5 ECTS (credits) which can be transferred to any European or American university. It is true that we must comply with our financial obligations with this university, but I would like to let you know that students with a recommendation can be offered a scholarship. We sincerely consider that money cannot be an impediment to study with us.”

Course descriptions:

CONTRIBUTIONS to POSTLIBERAL THEOLOGY: A NEW BEGINNING

As Pope Saint John Paul II claimed, the decisive character of all cultures is the way it is related to the greatest mystery, the mystery of God. The renewal of culture therefore implies a radical reconsideration of this fundamental relationship in all the dimensions of human existence.

This course would like to contribute to the discussion that began some sixteen years ago in Granada at the “Meetings for a New Beginning,” where Archbishop Javier Martínez Fernández brought together American Protestant theologians of various denominations, English Anglican theologians belonging to the Radical Orthodoxy movement, and Catholic theologians from America and Europe.

In times when faith is often reduced to a “personal matter,” people who still think that the Church represents hope for society, need to “reclaim the world by situating its concerns and activities within a theological framework” (Radical Orthodoxy manifesto). Thus, we invite you to listen to lectures that illuminate theology’s vital link to the natural and social sciences, politics, aesthetics, poetry, economy, and metaphysics. Our team of excellent professors will critically analyze the contemporary liberal view on certain key issues by demonstrating how revelation’s concrete implications and the Church’s rich heritage are as inspiring to us as ever when we seek to radically rethink current problems and renew our own lives.

  • Course Flyer
  • Full course table of contents, with subjects taught by John Milbank, D. Stephen Long, David Alcalde Morales, Kelly Johnson, William Cavanaugh, Charlie Collier, Conor Cunningham, Therese Lysaught, Ildefonso Fernández-Fígares Vicioso, Alessandro Rovati, Alison Milbank, William Hackett, Beáta Tóth, Robert Wozniak, Alessandra Gerolin

 

WOJTYŁA and REALISTIC PHENOMENOLOGY

The aim of this course is to offer a clear and well-articulated line of reasoning in support of the relevance of John Paul II’s thought and testimony for Catholic Culture as well as for contemporary philosophy. The first part of this series of lectures, which are presented by an international team of experts in Wojtyła’s oeuvre, illuminates the realist phenomenological tradition by focusing on the sources of Wojtyła’s philosophy. A short introduction to Reinach, Stein, Conrad-Martius, and Scheler will help us to gain a broader perspective of the philosophical discussion in which Wojtyła was participating. As John Paul II, he would go on to introduce realist phenomenology into Church history by implementing its results and method into his own cultural and pastoral agenda. The second part of this course is dedicated to critically evaluating the amazingly rich legacy of John Paul II by concentrating on key issues like personalism, poetry, politics, the philosophy of religion, and more. To demonstrate the continuing influence of his philosophical and theological ideas, a special lecture is devoted to analyzing the continuity between the papacies of Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Francis. The introduction and conclusion of this overview course is presented by Prof. Dr. Rocco Buttiglione, one of the top Wojtyła specialists and author of the now-classic volumes Il pensiero di Karol Wojtyła (1982) and Karol Wojtyła: The Thought of the Man Who Became Pope John Paul II (1997).

  • Course Flyer
  • Full course table of contents, with subjects taught by Rocco Buttiglione, Mariano Crespo, Bulcsú Hoppál, Anna Varga-Jani, Emilio Fernando Morales de la Barrera, Miłosz Hołda, Jeffrey Wilson, Władysław Zuziak, Michał Łuczewski, John Crosby, Alfred Wierzbicki, Rodrigo Guerra López, Balázs Mezei, Joseph Papa

Program Director: Prof. Dr. Beáta Tóth

Coordinator: Dr. phil. hab. Mátyás Szalay

  • Academic quality
    Course taught by experts on the subject of international reputation
  • Personalized follow-up
    We offer theoretical training as well as personalized support with a tutor to answer questions and provide follow-up in the learning process.
  • Official recognition
    Course organized by the Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy and certified by the Pontifical University of Salamanca, offering 5 ECTS credits
  • Online modality
    15 classes taught through google Meet that allows you to connect from wherever you are.
  • Price
    220 €
    Academic Excellence Schoarships
  • Contact
    guerra@institutoifes.es
Share

Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic Online Seminar (7 Feb 2022)

Cyril O’Regan on Apocalyptic and Metaphysics

MONDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2022, 15:00-17:00 GMT (10:00-12:00 EST)

Professor Cyril O’Regan’s work has been persistently occupied with the “spaces of apocalyptic” in modern theology. In this paper O’Regan explores the relationship between (Pauline inflected) apocalyptic theology and metaphysics. What are the potential promises and perils of bringing these two themes together?

Professor Judith Wolfe (University of St Andrews) and Dr Ry Siggelkow (University of St Thomas) will offer responses and lead in the conversation.

For more information, visit: https://theologyandapocalyptic.wordpress.com

Share

Available now: Outside the Gates, by W. C. Hackett

Now available: Outside the Gates, by W. C. Hackett.

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Description:

The gates of Drancy Internment Camp in the northeast suburbs of Paris served as a holding pen for thousands of Jews during the German occupation of France in World War II. Jean Wahl, philosophy professor, poet, bachelor at the top of Parisian society before his arrest, was among those very few who escaped.

In this searing historical novel by W. C. Hackett, the story is told in Wahl’s own voice, from the moment he passed beyond the gates of the camp to his harrowing flight for the Free Zone in the south. Based on extensive archival research, Outside the Gates binds by spell in a work of vast interior proportions, bringing the reader face to face with the defining mortal questions Jean Wahl himself faces recollecting his year of trial.

Praise for Outside the Gates:

“What happens when the angst of existentialism meets the agony of existence in a time of secular fundamentalist tyranny? William Hackett’s thought-provoking novella, set against the backdrop of Nazi-occupied France during World War II, offers penetrating answers to this perennially relevant question.” — JOSEPH PEARCE, author of Benedict XVI: Defender of the Faith

“In a rich and intricate debut, Hackett combines the terrifying urgency of a WWII prisoner’s escape with deep psychological and spiritual insight. The struggle of Jean Wahl will serve as a mirror into the reader’s own complex humanity.” — ELEANOR BOURG NICHOLSON, author of A Bloody Habit and Brother Wolf

Outside the Gates can only be described as a philosophical thriller. You can’t put down Hackett’s fast-paced story, based on true events, of Jean Wahl’s harrowing escape from Nazi-occupied France. And you can’t help but pick it up a second time, to meditate more slowly with Hackett’s Wahl on the mysteries of life and death, of good and evil. This novel crackles with spiritual intensity. It is a transcendent debut in the fullest sense of the word.” — STEVEN KNEPPER, Virginia Military Institute

“Riveting and ruminative by turns, Hackett’s novella immerses us in those most extraordinary moments of Jean Wahl’s life, as the body and the soul of this celebrated French philosopher elude his Nazi captors. Every tense look can be felt in this hair-raising suspense novel, yet Hackett also raises our minds to what it means to live. Here we have one literary philosopher’s remarkable tribute to another, and extraordinary white-knuckled spiritual reading for everyone else.” — ROBERT WYLLIE, Ashland University

W. C. HACKETT is a philosopher and writer living in rural Indiana. His theoretical exercises include Philosophy in Word and Name: Myth, Wisdom, Apocalypse and Quiet Powers of the Possible: Interviews in Contemporary French Phenomenology. He has also translated works from French to English, including Jean Wahl’s Human Existence and Transcendence. He works at a Benedictine monastery. Learn more about the stories he tells by finding him online.

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Share

The Future of Christian Thinking (Maynooth Conference)

Today, perhaps more than ever before, Christian thought faces unprecedented challenges; ranging from a denial of metaphysics, to previously unforeseen ethico-moral questions arising from contemporary science and ever-advancing technologies, to a full-blown economizing of the political, to name just some of the most obvious.Couple this with the fact that amongst Christian thinkers there is no real consensus on the meaning, definition and end of Christian thinking and the future of Christian thinking looks hazy, unclear and tenuous.The theme of this conference seeks to think from out of these unprecedented challenges while, simultaneously, straining to look into a nebulous and unforeseen future.In order to do this, a vast array of many of the foremost thinkers engaged with Christian thought and beyond have been invited to speak on these issues.These thinkers are representative of many different schools, approaches and styles of Christian thought, across confessional divides.The vast array of thinkers invited is itself a testimony of the polyphonic vitality of Christian thought today and, together, the ever-pressing question of the future of Christian thinking will be pondered from within an intellectually polyphonic and ecumenical conversation and perspective.Speakers include:Rowan Williams, Eleonore Stump, DB Hart, Robert George, John Milbank, Cyril O’Regan, William Desmond, Thomas Joseph White, DC Schindler, Francesca Aran Murphy, Conor Cunningham, Judith Wolfe, Patrick Lee, Rudi te Velde, Therese-Anne Druart, Philipp Rosemann, Mette Lebech, Caitlin Smith Gilson, Gyula Klima, John Knasas, Philip John Paul Gonzales, Gaven Kerr https://pharmacieenlignefr.com/viagra-generique-en-ligne.htmlFind out more by clicking here or the image above.

Share

Now available in Veritas: The End of the Law?, by David W. Opderbeck

Now available in the Veritas series: The End of the Law?: Law, Theology, and Neuroscience, by David W. Opderbeck.

Purchase: Wipf & Stock | Amazon

Book description:

Does neuroscience show that all our ideas about law and ethics are false? David Opderbeck answers this question with a broad and deep survey of the relationship between theology, science, and ethics. He proposes that Christian theology, which narrates the humanity and divinity of Christ, in conversation with the new Aristotelianism in the philosophy of science, provides a path through secular and religious fundamentalisms alike.

Praise for The End of the Law?:

“This excellent book shows in a highly lucid fashion how contemporary neuro-scientism trades upon a notion of legality to which it has no right, in order to deny the very ground of the possibility of law, which is the law-making capacity of spiritual creatures that participates in the eternal law of God. No previous book has so successfully shown how scientific positivism trades on the incoherence of legal positivism much more than the other way round. It seriously illuminates the vicious biopolitics of our time and indicates the way beyond.” — John Milbank, author of Theology and Social Theory

“Opderbeck’s is an argument of great originality and profundity. Modern attempts to reduce the human capacity for law and lawfulness—our capacity, that is, for transcending mere material necessity and evolutionary imperatives, as well as for failing before a standard at once within and beyond our nature—are ultimately as contradictory as all other forms of dogmatic naturalism. Opderbeck bracingly contends that this curious condition instead testifies to our relationship with and participation in a God of boundless love, and that its true and ‘natural’ explanation is found in Christology.” — David Bentley Hart, author of The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss

“If human moral agency is an illusion, perhaps law is merely a tool for the manipulation of human behavior. This is the perspective defended by reductionistic ‘neurolaw,’ drawing on recent developments in neuroscience. In this extraordinarily wide-ranging and vigorously argued book, legal theorist and theologian David Opderbeck shows how reductive neurolaw is self-defeating and how the emergentism and non-reductive physicalism embraced by many contemporary theologians continue to employ a problematically physicalist notion of causality. Building instead on the new Aristotelianism in the philosophy of science, with its non-reductive understanding of the relationship between brain states and human decisions, Opderbeck defends an approach that recovers formal and final causes, pointing unapologetically to love as the reason and end of creation, and to the law of love as a constituent element of human nature. Only if the order of creation flows from the order of love that is the law of God’s own being, he contends, is it possible to recover an adequately non-reductive account of how accountable human persons exist within the context of physical laws of nature. A vital contribution to an important cluster of debates.” — Jennifer A. Herdt, Yale Divinity School

“One of the major concerns raised by recent neurolaw has to do with the legal consequences of skepticism about human agency raised by the neurosciences. This has important legal, philosophical, and theological implications. David Opderbeck is well placed to tackle these issues as both a lawyer and theologian. He has written an accessible and erudite study that tackles the historical dimension to the current debate as well as providing incisive criticism and a constructive theological response. This is an important interdisciplinary contribution to a pressing contemporary discussion with which lawyers, philosophers, and theologians working in this area will have to engage.” — Oliver D. Crisp, University of St Andrews

“This is an erudite, closely reasoned, well-written, and wide-ranging study of the real and imagined problems for traditional Christian thought raised by the development of materialistic, biological, and now neurological theories about human nature and the possibility of an objective law to be discerned and obeyed by rational intelligences. Professor Opderbeck shows how a simply neurological account of our thoughts, motives and actions does more than contradict the Christian story: it is at odds with our ordinary self-understanding, with the possibility of a humane civil order, and with the scientific and scholarly enterprise itself: if all that we think, desire, and do is merely the effect of material events determined by the behavior of physical particles and the long effects of natural selection, there is no sense in supposing that we are capable of learning any objective truth, or amending our thoughts and actions in the light of an objective moral law. Only if we can in some way come to transcend our own physical nature can we hope even to learn what that nature is, and the Christian story at least offers a rational account of how that might occur. Scientists and theologians alike have a lot to learn from Professor Opderbeck.” — Stephen R. L. Clark, University of Liverpool

“‘Follow the science’ is the saving message of pandemic times. And for good reason. But how do we follow the science while keeping our souls intact? Better yet, how do we follow science into goodness, truth, and beauty? Legal theorist and theologian David Opderbeck offers a way. Refusing the reductionist terms on offer, he presses toward a wonderfully bodied account of how our moral habits of speech, rather than flattening out as so much epiphenomenal noise, tell us about the sorts of creatures we are and the kind of world we live in. Especially useful is his Thomistic revision of neo-Aristotelian powers and properties to frame what evolutionary theory comes to regarding our most cherished commitments. Learned, sharp, disciplined, and absolutely needed.” — Jonathan Tran, Baylor University

Purchase: Wipf & Stock | Amazon

Share

2021 Firth Lectures: Prof Celia Deane-Drummond

Humans and Animals:
Boundary Questions and Why they are Significant for theology and Ethics

from Prof. Celia Deane-Drummond
Senior reach Fellow in Theology, Campion Hall, Oxford
Director of the Laudato Si’ Research Institute

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to attend the Firth Lectures this year on 8 and 9 April 2021 hosted by the University of Nottingham’s Theology and Religious Studies Department. The Firth Lectures are delivered biennially to the public on some aspect of the Christian faith in relation to contemporary problems. Past lecturers have included The Most Reverend Rowan Williams, Professor Charles Taylor and Professor Terry Eagleton.

It is with great honour that we welcome Prof Celia Deane-Drummond (Oxford) to be this year’s Firth Lecturer. Her lectures will be on the topic of ‘Humans and Animals: Boundary Questions and Why They are Significant for Theology and Ethics. These lectures have been pre-recorded and are available to view on the Firth Lecture website. We will be holding live Q&A sessions via MS Teams on both of her lectures at the following times:

  • Live Q&A for Lecture 1 ‘Theology and the Evolution of Violence: Are we Wired for War or Peace?’: Thursday 8th April 6pm-6.30pm. To join the Q&A get your ticket on Eventbrite by following this link.
  • Live Q&A for Lecture 2 ‘Humans are Animals but Are Animals Persons? Implications for Theological Ethics.’: Friday 9th April 6pm-6.30pm.  To join the Q&A get your ticket on Eventbrite by following this link.

Abstracts of each lecture and further information can be found on the Firth Lecture website. Please do join us for these exciting and important lectures.

You may download the flyer here.

Share

Funding Opportunities in Philosophical Theology (St Andrews)

Interactions between Christian thinkers and continental philosophy often have a critical focus, whether on the intellectual debt continental philosophers owe to the Christian tradition, or on the ways secular philosophers critique classical theological accounts of ultimate reality. The newly-funded Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology project at the University of St Andrews focuses on the joint potential of theology and continental philosophy for discovery and growth, using the intellectual resources continental philosophy makes available to open new horizons in philosophical theology.

Widening Horizons is offering twelve grants for research projects that advance this constructive aim. Applications may be for

  • small projects of up to £60,000 (including c. £8,000 fixed costs); or
  • large projects of up to £160,000 (including c. £23,000 fixed costs).

Projects should start between 1st October 2021 and 1st March 2022, and end between 30th September 2023 and 28th February 2024. Most activities may be concentrated within a shorter period if desired.

The call for proposals for these projects is now open until 31 May 2021 (17:00 BST). Application details and further information can be found at: https://philosophical-theology.wp.st-andrews.ac.uk/.

Share

The Future of Christian Metaphysics

The Future of Christian Metaphysics

An international Zoom conference hosted by St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

Thursday 29th April
1:40p – 6:00pm

With Guest Speakers:

  • Philip John Paul Gonzales
  • Jennifer Newsome Martin
  • John Betz
  • Lorella Congiunti
  • Tim Pawl

With responses from:

  • Caitlin Smith Gilson
  • D.C. Schindler
  • Gaven Kerr
  • Andrew Meszaros

 

To register for this even, please visit this link at eventbrite.ie.

Next year, in April 2022, St Patrick’s College are hosting an Internation Conference on, “The Future of Christian Thinking.” Full details of this conference can be found here.

 

Share

KALOS: Anchorhold: Corresponding with Revelations of Divine Love, by Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer

Newly available in the KALOS series: Anchorhold: Corresponding with Revelations of Divine Love, by Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer (Cascade Books; January 2021; 208pp+).

Purchase: Wipf & Stock

Book description:

This is a book of letters, letters to Julian of Norwich concerning her Revelations of Divine Love. It is an attempt to search for my life by giving myself heart and soul to the teaching of a text and it is about the possibilities of transformation that ensue. Julian makes extreme claims about the love of God revealed in the body of Christ on the cross. She claims that in love the human self can truly flourish and in the end that “all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” I need to know if these claims are true. Thus, I write letters, ask questions, and look for answers as to how to indwell the vision given to Julian, while engaging the limits of my personhood and the modern paradigms that constrain my thoughts. I bring my whole being to the correspondence, I am changed, and I do find my life.

Praise for Anchorhold:

“Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer has offered something truly rare and life-giving: a present and living conversation with the ghost of a familiar friend. In these pages the thought and presence of Dame Julian of Norwich come to life afresh through the gentle power of Pinto Gfroerer’s subtle and beautiful writing. This is not a work of theological scholarship. It is much more, it is an urgent and vital work of the human spirit. A must-read.” — Aaron Riches, author of Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ

“‘Your work is open’ writes Kirsten Pinto Gfroerer in one of the letters to Julian that form this astonishing work. And as the crucified Christ in Julian’s Revelations invites us into his wounds, so Julian’s text becomes a permeable site to which the reader is invited to be nourished and sustained in dark times. This is a brilliantly insightful theological reflection in which Julian’s rich writings are set against the author’s own experiences and often highly original reinterpretations.” — Alison Grant Milbank, University of Nottingham

Purchase: Wipf & Stock

Share

Now available: The Foundations of Nature by Michael Dominic Taylor

Now available in the Veritas series: The Foundations of Nature: Metaphysics of Gift for an Integral Ecological Ethic, by Michael Dominic Taylor, with a foreword by Larry Chapp (Cascade/Wipf & Stock; 282 pp+; December 2020).

Purchase: Wipf & Stock | Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Book description:

Will the ecological crises of our time be resolved using the same form of thought that has brought them about? Are technological prowess and political power the proper tools to address them? Is there not a deeper connection between our ecological crises and our human, social, political, economic, and ethical crises? This book argues that the popular approaches to ecological, bioethical, and other human crises are not working because they fail to examine the problem in its full depth. This depth escapes us because we have abandoned true metaphysical reflection on the whole and substituted it unknowingly for a series of inadequate alternatives. Both the technocratic paradigm that views all of nature mechanistically and its antagonists—the eco-philosophies that argue for the realities of intrinsic value, relationality, and beauty—carry partial truths but are insufficient. This book presents a more radical alternative, rooted in the classical tradition yet fresh and vibrant. The metaphysics of gift, based in the giftedness of existence shared by all, offers a deeper and more satisfying vision of all things that can transform our relationship with nature and touches every aspect of human life: social, political, economic, technical, and ethical.

Praise for TheFoundations of Nature:

“Taylor has performed three services in one in this work. First he offers us a comprehensive exposition of the best that trinitarian metaphysics has offered in the past century, secondly he has done this with a great deal of literary panache, and thirdly he has shown how a metaphysics of gift is required to underpin bioethical practices which will actually foster freedom and respect human dignity. This work belongs to a new generation of bioethics that goes beyond and beneath the tired old protocols that acknowledge nothing higher than technology.”
Tracey Rowland, St. John Paul II Chair of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Australia; 2020 Ratzinger Prize Laureate

“Taylor’s use of ‘integral ecology’ reasserts the fact that ‘nature’ comprehends the entire created universe and, for this reason, includes both human bioethics and ecological ethics in the same worldview that gazes upon the manifold gift of existence. . . . The book’s clarity and precision make it an invaluable contribution to the future of ethical debate, especially regarding the environment, technology, and medicine.”
Pablo Martínez de Anguita, Professor of Forestry and Rural Development, Rey Juan Carlos University, Madrid

“Dr. Michael Taylor’s work offers a profound Christian vision of the real. He seeks honestly to gaze on the whole in all of its depth through the aid of figures such as Ferdinand Ulrich, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Pope Benedict XVI among others. At the interface of metaphysics and trinitarian theology, this book ranges from the mystical into the ecological and back again.”
Aaron Riches, author of Ecce Homo: On the Divine Unity of Christ

“Taylor’s book takes a matter that concerns all of us at some level, namely, the meaning of nature, and opens it up to depths far beyond the limits modern ecology often sets for itself. It not only lets a new light into the field, but it does so in a way that allows us to avoid all the usual tired reductions. Those seeking orientation in this field will benefit greatly from his wise insights.”
D. C. Schindler, Professor of Metaphysics and Anthropology, Pontifical John Paul II Institute at The Catholic University of America

Purchase: Wipf & Stock | Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Share

Religions special issue CFP: Literature and Eco-theology

Message from the Guest Editor

Dear Colleagues,

Systematic and philosophical theologians within the Christian tradition are increasingly having recourse to literary texts with which to do creative theological work, while the religious turn in critical and cultural theory has given new impetus to the interdisciplinary field of literature and theology, with increased attention to the religious ideas engaged through literary tropes, genres and modes. While there are a number of journals and books devoted to this intersection, apart from occasional articles or studies of individual writers, little so far has been produced about the manner in which ecological religious thinking is performed and debated in poetry, drama or fiction. This Special Issue is an attempt to explore this neglected area and invites contributions on any aspect of the topic from any period. While the academic field of religion and literature has been primarily concentrated within Christianity, we invite submissions from any religious tradition.

Prof. Alison Milbank
Department of Theology and Religious Studies,
University of Nottingham,
University Park,
Nottingham
NR7 2RD, UK
alison.milbank@nottingham.ac.uk

Deadline for manuscript submissions:
31 May 2021

Download the official CFP here [PDF].

Share

Dr. Alexei Bodrov Festschrift: Theology of Freedom: Religious and Anthropological Foundations of Freedom in a Global Context

Now available, a Festschrift Honouring the 60th Birthday of Dr. Alexei BodrovIrina Yazykova: Theology of Freedom. Religious and Anthropological Foundations of Freedom in a Global Context, edited by Irina Yazykova.

The problem of freedom has been a central theme of Christian theology from the very beginning. The interrelation of internal (e.g. freedom from sin, Jn 8:31-36) and external freedom, often neglected by the church; liberation theology emphasising social sin; freedom of God and man; the ontology of freedom: these and other questions continue to concern many theologians, philosophers, and thinkers. This book contains articles by leading contemporary authors – Jürgen Moltmann, Gerald O’Collins, George Pattison, Innokenty Pavlov, Ivana Noble, Conor Cunningham, Svetlana Konacheva, and others – who reflect on the philosophical and theological foundations of freedom, dignity and human rights, historical and contemporary aspects of the theology of freedom in a global context. This book is a Festschrift honouring the 60th birthday of Dr. Alexei Bodrov, founder and rector of St. Andrew’s Biblical Theological Institute. All authors sent their articles specifically for this volume.

Table of contents

Philosophical-Theological Foundations

  • Jürgen Moltmann, Dimensions of Human Freedom in the Presence of God
  • Gerald O’Collins, The Freedom of Easter Faith
  • Paul S. Fiddes, Creation in Freedom and Love
  • Ivana Noble, Transfiguration and Freedom in the Theology of Light
  • Светлана Коначева, Само-бытие, небытие и свобода: онтология свободы Пауля Тиллиха и постмодерная теология
  • George Pattison, Existential Freedom: Sartre or Berdyaev?
  • Conor Cunningham, HOMO EX MACHINA: The Nightmare Dreams
  • Michael Kirwan, Ecclesiastical Action: Bernd Alois Zimmermann’s Last Words on Evil and Freedom
  • Олег Давыдов, Благо и выбор: что первично?
  • Pavlo Smytsnyuk, Theology of Freedom: Can a Frightened Church Heal a Frightened World?
  • Romilo Knežević, Outside of God: A Theanthropic Scrutiny of Nietzsche’s Concept of Chaos and Berdyaev’s Notion of the Ungrund
  • Франсуа Эве, Богословие свободы
  • Frederick Lauritzen, The Byzantine Ontology of Freedom from Plotinus (6,8) to Maximus the Confessor (Opusculum 7)
  • Giandomenico Boffi, Divine Creation and Freedom of Mathematical Models
  • Александр Закуренко, Свобода и точка

Ecumenical and Global Issues

  • Dagmar Heller, Baptism and Reconciliation
  • Massimo Faggioli, The Sex Abuse Crisis in the Catholic Church and the Global Context of Challenges to Religious Freedom
  • David A. Hoekema, What Does Freedom Mean in the Ethics of Development?
  • Dietrich Werner, Freedom for Diaconia – Social Witness and Christian Care in Church History and in the Ecumenical Movement – Potentials for a German-Russian Diaconia Learning and Exchange Process
  • Christian Krieger, Religion Engaging with Liberalism
  • Adalberto Mainardi, The Riddle of Freedom. The Task of Theology in a Postmodern Context

Human Dignity and Rights

  • Стефано Каприо, Свобода и потребность в истине у Августина и Фомы
  • Aristotle Papanikolaou, The Unfreedom of War and the Freedom of Virtue
  • Hans Thoolen, Human Rights a Basis for a Peaceful Coexistence of Religions?
  • Елена Степанова, Богословие свободы Льва Толстого
  • Hans Ulrich Gerber, Freedom, Justice and Faith. Impulses from Three Francophone, Thinkers over Three Centuries
  • Edward J. Mahoney, Radical Freedom. Saint Paul and the Modern Autonomous Subject
  • Антон Тихомиров, Сложность, слабость, свобода. Политическая проповедь: основные принципы и их применение в российском контексте
  • Antoine Fleyfel, Christians of the Middle East and Liberalism
  • Hugh Wybrew, Christ Has Set Us Free
  • Антуан Аржаковский, Необходима реформа православного богословия
  • Augustinos Bairachtaris, Jesus as Liberator: Towards the Spiritual Modification of the Church in Latin America

Past and Present

  • Edward Kessler, Religion and the Nation State: Standing at the Crossroads
  • Вячеслав Океанский, Жанна Океанская, «Il dit de l’Eglise est tres liberal…»: экклезиологический космизм А.С.Хомякова
  • Иннокентий Павлов, «Свидетельство Флавия» об Иисусе. Опыт историко-критического рассмотрения
  • Ирина Языкова, Свобода и канон в иконе: есть ли противоречие

Full table of contents also available here.

In order to purchase, please write directly to Vladimyr Andreev here: bookman.andreev@gmail.com.

Share

New in the Veritas series by Caitlin Smith Gilson: Subordinated Ethics

Now available in the Veritas series from Cascade Books (Wipf & Stock):

Subordinated Ethics: Natural Law and Moral Miscellany in Aquinas and Dostoyevsky, by Caitlin Smith Gilson, with a foreword by Eric Austin Lee.

Purchase: Cascade Books | Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Book description:

With Dostoyevsky’s Idiot and Aquinas’ Dumb Ox as guides, this book seeks to recover the elemental mystery of the natural law, a law revealed only in wonder. If ethics is to guide us along the way, it must recover its subordination; description must precede prescription. If ethics is to invite us along the way, it cannot lead, either as politburo, or even as public orthodoxy. It cannot be smugly symbolic but must be by way of signage, of directionality, of the open realization that ethical meaning is en route, pointing the way because it is within the way, as only sign, not symbol, can point to the sacramental terminus. The courtesies of dogma and tradition are the road signs and guideposts along the longior via, not themselves the termini. We seek the dialogic heart of the natural law through two seemingly contradictory voices and approaches: St. Thomas Aquinas and his famous five ways, and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s holy idiot, Prince Myshkin. It is precisely the apparent miscellany of these selected voices that provide us with a connatural invitation into the natural law as subordinated, as descriptive guide, not as prescriptive leader.

Endorsements & Reviews:

“Drawing on an astonishingly diverse array of sources, Caitlin Smith Gilson retrieves the life-giving reality of morality by recalling its mediating subordination to what remains first and ever greater: the mystery of being and the presence of God.”
D. C. Schindler, author of Love and the Postmodern Predicament

“Caitlin Gilson is very much at the heart of the personalist revolution, one that not only philosophizes about persons but out of persons. The fixities that had long encumbered traditional formulations are made to live again and we see that their source had always derived from what Dostoevsky referred to as ‘living life.’ Subordinated Ethics is a tour de force that illumines the interiority of the ethical life while connecting it with an enlargement of the perspective of existential metaphysics in St. Thomas.”
David J. Walsh, Catholic University of America

Subordinated Ethics is yet another testament to the ever-surprising mind of its author, characterized equally by an alpine clarity of thought and a sublimely poetic sensibility. Smith Gilson interprets Aquinas’ Five Ways and Dostoevsky’s Idiot together with such deftness, urgency, and joyful effulgence that neither can be read the same way again. The book is an astonishing paean to polyphony, play, contingency, wonder, beauty, virtue, and love in the purity and mystery of its givenness.”
Jennifer Newsome Martin, University of Notre Dame

Purchase: Cascade Books | Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Share

Essays in Honor of Rémi Brague – DEADLINE JANUARY 1ST

Essays in Honor of Rémi Brague

“[…] Since I am a philosopher by trade, I belong to that race of people who are a bit obtuse, and for whom one must really ‘just spell out’ even the clearest things – Being, the Good, the City, Man, and some other supposedly self-evident notions. I will begin, therefore, by asking myself that thick-witted question, the Socratic question – “just what is this we are talking about” – when we speak of Europe”.

In this way the eminent French philosopher Rémi Brague wrote at the beginning of his famous work Europe. La voie romaine about thirty years ago, a book destined to become a classic and to be translated into over fifteen languages. And Europe is still a debated topic today. With the occasion of this Festschrift we have precisely chosen to place Europe at the centre of the reflection, what it means today, with its positive aspects and its criticisms. Although this remains the main theme, we also accept reflections on different aspects of his thinking. This is because the production of Brague originates itself always from a living reality, which questions the man today. The French philosopher poses himself as a calm interlocutor to whom all details are dear.

In this issue we are therefore committed to collecting writings of scholars who have encountered the thought of Brague. Therefore, we accept essays either proposing an analysis of his thought or of a single aspect starting from his production, or a re- elaboration or a criticism.

The essay can be written in Italian, English, French or Spanish, it must contain a short abstract in English, and have a minimum length of 4,000 maximum 8,000. words.

Deadline: January 1st, 2021.

Please send your paper in .odt or .doc to:

elisa.grimi@gmail.com

To have a look to the whole production please visit the official website:

www.remibrague.com.

Share

New from Angelico Press: The Meaning of Idealism, by Pavel Florensky

Newly available from Angelico Press, The Meaning of Idealism: The Metaphysics of Genus and Countenance, by Pavel Florensky, translated by Boris Jakim (September 18, 2020; 108 pp+).

Purchase: Angelico Press

Book description:

Pavel Florensky’s treatment of Platonism in the present work is one of the most important studies on this subject ever written. The great scholar of antiquity, Aleksei Losev, called The Meaning of Idealism the most profound work on Platonism and Idealism produced in the 20th century. It is a journey: from Plato and Aristotle to Neoplatonism, from Neoplatonism to Medieval theories of being and knowing, from these theories to Orthodox spirituality, from Orthodox spirituality to Vedic mysticism, from Vedic mysticism to astrology, from astrology to modern science—including relativity, the mathematical theory of invariants, and the multidimensional universe. In the course of this journey Florensky corroborates his theories with etymological discussions and analyses of modern art, including the works of Rodin and Picasso.

Arguably the greatest Russian theologian of the early 20th century, PAVEL FLORENSKY (1882–1937) also did original work in such fields as liturgical aesthetics, iconographic theory, the philosophy of names, theoretical mathematics, and even electrical engineering. He became a Russian Orthodox priest in 1911, while remaining deeply involved with the cultural, artistic, and scientific developments of his time. Arrested by the Soviets in 1928, he returned to his scholarly activities until 1933, when he was sentenced to ten years of labor in Siberia. There he continued his scientific work and ministered to his fellow prisoners until his death four years later.

Purchase: Angelico Press

Download promotional flyer here.

Share

Books by Professor Tom McLeish

By Professor Tom McLeish: The Poetry and Music of Science: Comparing Creativity in Science and Art (Oxford University Press; May 2019; 384pp).

Purchase: OUP | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Book description:

What human qualities are needed to make scientific discoveries, and which to make great art? Many would point to ‘imagination’ and ‘creativity’ in the second case but not the first. This book challenges the assumption that doing science is in any sense less creative than art, music or fictional writing and poetry, and treads a historical and contemporary path through common territories of the creative process.

Hearing the stories that scientists and artists tell about their projects reveals commonalities: the desire for a goal, the experience of frustration and failure, the incubation of the problem, moments of sudden insight, and the experience of the beautiful or sublime.

Themes weaving the practice of science and art together include: visual thinking and metaphor, the transcendence of music and mathematics, the contemporary rise of the English novel and experimental science, and the role of aesthetics and desire in the creative process.

Reviews:

“[McLeish] proves himself [an] extreme interdisciplinarian … Thanks to its poetic nature and compelling signposts for discussion, I suspect McLeish’s book would have aphrodisiac qualities for the right audience… No matter what your field, you will come away from the book sold, as I am, on the need to prioritise time for creative gestation.” (Rivka Isaacson, Times Higher Edcuation Supplement)

“McLeish takes his reader on a journey through classical, medieval, romantic and modern art and science, exploring similarities in the creative processes that drove the greatest painters, writers and scientists towards their accomplishments… There are a number of vivid descriptions of seminal pieces of physics that showcase McLeish’s talent for communicating science… interwoven with equally lavish introductions of many works of art and personal experiences of artists.” (David Abergel, Nature Physics)

“McLeish chases the echoes between scientific and artistic creativity in this intriguing scholarly treatise.” (Nature)

“McLeish moves the discussion of science and religion on rather profoundly. Enough has been written about how theology might relate to science in general, abstractly conceived. Far better to think theologically about particular scientific examples, set out with a historical and human back story. That is exactly what we have here.” (Andrew Davison, Church Times)

“Poetry and science are both rooted in the imagination … At first sight I could not see the connection. But then I made the mistake of allowing myself to think about it. McLeish’s … theme is laid out very thoroughly. Give yourself a couple of quiet days to master it.” (Quentin de la Bedoyere, Catholic Herald)

“In this brilliant, lyrical and encyclopaedic study of the roots of creativity … [McLeish] challenges the two cultures thesis […] by showing how imaginative processes are just as essential and indeed seminal in the sciences as in the arts.” (David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer)

“This kind of book is rarer than it should be, and all the more valuable. It dares to take seriously and probe deeply the interplay of the arts and the sciences. In place of the tired notion of Two Cultures, Tom McLeish reveals – passionately, and with great scholarship – the many meaningful points of contact between the sciences and music, literature and visual art. May this start a new and rich conversation!” (Philip Ball, Science Writer)

“Where do creative ideas come from? There is an answer, and it is the same in art as in science. There is a hidden wellspring inside the human mind from which they arise continuously. Tom McLeish provides meticulous evidence by interrogating the greatest minds. The result is a brilliant kaleidoscopic view of the history of imagination.” (Uta Frith FBA FRS, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience)

“Anyone who believes that imagination, inspiration and creativity are the preserve of the arts should read this beautifully crafted ode to the enterprise of scientific discovery.” (Jim Al-Khalili OBE FRS, Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Surrey)

 

Also by Tom McLeish:

Faith and Wisdom in Science (Oxford University Press, 19 May 2014; 302pp+).

Purchase: OUP | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Book description:

“Can you Count the Clouds?” asks the voice of God from the whirlwind in the stunningly beautiful catalogue of nature-questions from the Old Testament Book of Job. Tom McLeish takes a scientist’s reading of this ancient text as a centrepiece to make the case for science as a deeply human and ancient activity, embedded in some of the oldest stories told about human desire to understand the natural world. Drawing on stories from the modern science of chaos and uncertainty alongside medieval, patristic, classical and Biblical sources, NYGoodHealth Faith and Wisdom in Science challenges much of the current ‘science and religion’ debate as operating with the wrong assumptions and in the wrong space. Its narrative approach develops a natural critique of the cultural separation of sciences and humanities, suggesting an approach to science, or in its more ancient form natural philosophy – the ‘love of wisdom of natural things’ – that can draw on theological and cultural roots. Following the theme of pain in human confrontation with nature, it develops a ‘Theology of Science’, recognising that both scientific and theological worldviews must be ‘of’ each other, not holding separate domains. Science finds its place within an old story of participative reconciliation with a nature, of which we start ignorant and fearful, but learn to perceive and work with in wisdom. Surprisingly, science becomes a deeply religious activity. There are urgent lessons for education, the political process of decision-making on science and technology, our relationship with the global environment, and the way that both religious and secular communities alike celebrate and govern science.

Reviews:

“This fine book differs radically from the numerous other works that tackle the frequently baffling debate between science and religion … McLeish’s masterly summary and exegesis is a delight, providing an incisive commentary on this beautiful but neglected Scripture … The book will be welcomed by readers already familiar with the science-religion debates; but it is especially recommended for those still to engage in this crucial area.” (Peter Clough, The Reader CE Magazine)

“Rich and discursive … it has a lot to offer.” (The Guardian)

“McLeish’s desire for science to be re-assimilated into the interconnected whole of human activity is clear. Only from such a position will our work as scientists be understood and truly appreciated.” (Physics World)

“A densely argued and erudite book.” (Network Review)

“This is the best book I have read all year, and the best I would expect to read for a long time to come. It is a superbly crafted exploration of the relationship between science and faith … The book flows smoothly from one difficult topic to another, erudite but not showy, scholarly but not dense, bold but not brash.” (Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith)

“Tom McLeish’s engaging passion for science is matched by his unique ability to help the reader locate science in a complex and enriching relationship with ancient texts and stories, contemporary culture and the big questions of human existence.” (David Wilkinson, Durham University)

“Writing as a distinguished physical scientist and committed Christian, he injects new life into an old debate by advancing a “theology of science”, which gives to scientific endeavour a special significance in the larger narrative of humanity’s experience of pain and hopes for the healing of a broken world. There is verve and vision in his writing, as moving as it is instructive.” (John Hedley Brooke)

“It is refreshing and remarkable that a distinguished scientist has written such an eloquent and wide-ranging book.” (Sir Martin Rees)

Soon available from Oxford University Press, Soft Matter: A Very Short Introduction, by Tom McLeish (22 October 2020; 176pp). It is currently available for pre-order both via OUP and Amazon.

Purchase: OUP | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com

Book description:

Soft Matter science is concerned with soft materials such as polymers, colloids, liquid crystals, and foams, and has emerged as a rich interdisciplinary field over the last 30 years. Drawing on physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, soft matter links fundamental scientific ideas to everyday phenomena.

This Very Short Introduction delves into the field of soft matter, looking beneath the appearances of matter into its inner structure. Tom McLeish shows how Brownian Motion – the random local motion of molecules that gives rise to ‘heat’ – is an underlying principle of soft matter. From hair conditioner to honey, he discusses how the shared physical properties and characteristics of these materials influence the way they behave, and their industrial applications.

Tom McLeish, FRS is Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of York. His research has contributed to the new fields of ‘soft matter physics’ and ‘biological physics’, working with chemists, engineers, and biologists to connect molecular structure with emergent properties. His research interests also include the framing of science, society, and science policy, and is the author of Faith and Wisdom in Science (OUP, 2014). He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at Durham University from 2008-2014, and is both the current chair of the Royal Society’s Education Committee and a trustee of the John Templeton Foundation. He was the first winner of the Institute of Physics Edwards Prize (2017) for his work on soft matter.

Share

Welcome to CENTRE of THEOLOGY and PHILOSOPHY

(Show Centre’s Description)

‘Every doctrine which does not reach the one thing necessary, every separated philosophy, will remain deceived by false appearances. It will be a doctrine, it will not be Philosophy’, (Maurice Blondel, 1861-1949)

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy is a research-led institution organised at the interstices of theology and philosophy. It is founded on the conviction that these two disciplines cannot be adequately understood or further developed, save with reference to each other. This is true in historical terms, since we cannot comprehend our Western cultural legacy, unless we acknowledge the interaction of the Hebraic and Hellenic traditions. It is also true conceptually, since reasoning is not fully separable from faith and hope, or conceptual reflection from revelatory disclosure. The reverse also holds, in either buy levitra in uk case.

The Centre is concerned with:

  • The historical interaction between theology and philosophy.
  • The current relation between the two disciplines
  • Attempts to overcome the analytic/ Continental divide in philosophy
  • The question of the status of ‘metaphysics’. Is the term used equivocally? Is it now at an end? Or have 20th Century attempts to have a post-metaphysical philosophy themselves come to an end?
  • The construction of a rich Catholic humanism

The Theology Department of the University of Nottingham, within which the COTP is situated, was awarded the top 5* A grade in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2001). Nottingham was one of only two theology Departments who submitted all its staff and was rated 5* A.

For all enquiries, please email Conor Cunningham:

To return to the Nottingham Theology Department:
www.nottingham.ac.uk/theology

Share

Humanities Building, home of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Centre of Theology and Philosophy

Recent Posts

Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with Cyril O’Regan
March 27, 2022
Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with David Bentley Hart
March 14, 2022
Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with John Milbank
February 18, 2022
Upcoming Postgraduate Courses by Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy
February 16, 2022
Explorations in Theology and Apocalyptic Online Seminar (7 Feb 2022)
January 12, 2022
Available now: Outside the Gates, by W. C. Hackett
January 5, 2022
The Future of Christian Thinking (Maynooth Conference)
December 14, 2021
Now available in Veritas: The End of the Law?, by David W. Opderbeck
November 23, 2021
2021 Firth Lectures: Prof Celia Deane-Drummond
April 6, 2021
Funding Opportunities in Philosophical Theology (St Andrews)
March 30, 2021

(Sculpture by Sara Cunningham-Bell)

Follow the Department of Theology & Religious Studies on Facebook & Youtube, and the CoTP on Twitter:

Recent Publications

Loading publications ...
http://www.health-canada-pharmacy.com | http://quotecorner.com/online-pharmacy.html | http://www.besttramadolonlinestore.com