Theology events in Manchester

ntc_backgroundFrom Stephen John Wright:

Our summer research programme is kicking off here at Nazarene Theological College. If you are in the Manchester area, you might want to consider dropping by one of our research events:

13th of June: One Day Theology Conference
Keynote: Paul Avis “Communion and Mission: an agenda for the church”

I’ll be presenting the first paper of the day, “Speaking of the Living God: The language of divine encounter”. In this paper I’ll be featuring my first sketches of a Wesleyan doctrine of God. I’ll be strolling through passages of Dionysius, Aquinas, Wesley, Williams, Tanner and others to argue that theological language is underwritten by divine presence or encounter—even if experienced as absence—and is aimed at transformation.

Details of other papers are here.

13th of June: Book launches
In the afternoon we’ll be launching three books:

16th June: Manchester Wesley Research Centre annual lecture
This year’s lecturer is my retiring forerunner, David Rainey. He will be delivering a paper on John Wesley’s natural philosophy: “Beauty in Creation”.
Event details here.

17th June: MWRC Colloquium
Paper descriptions here. (Comes with a free lunch!)

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Philosophies of Christianity: New Ways in Philosophy of Religion

Philosophies of Christianity:
New Ways in Philosophy of Religion

Research Conference Organized by Pázmány Péter Catholic University

June 26-27, 2015
Budapest
Szentkirályi u. 28.
John Paul II Hall

NEW WAYS IN PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION CONFVERENCE

Click on the image above or here to download the flyer for this event [PDF].

 

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Conference: Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice

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Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith and Social Justice

4-5 September 2015, Hosted by the Von Hügel Institute, St. Edmund’s College, University of Cambridge

Sponsored by the Von Hügel Institute and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota (USA)

Venue: Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, CB3 0DF

Conference theme: Patents are monopoly ownerships for commercial exploitation and can also apply to living matter, from genes to plants and seeds, microorganisms to animals.

  • Should control of living matter be in the hands of private corporations?
  • Are patents on seeds defensible in developing countries?
  • Should information on the human genome be privatised?
  • Who should decide when a patent should be forbidden on grounds of immorality?

This unique interdisciplinary conference will address these and other related ethical questions, and features top Vatican officials, academics, lawyers, industry professionals, theologians and representatives of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Speakers include:

  • H.E. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio to the United Nations in Geneva
  • The Hon Mr Justice Richard Arnold, Judge of the High Court of England and Wales
  • Mons. Osvaldo Neves de Almeida, Vatican Head of Intellectual Property
  • Stephen Colecchi, Director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
  • Dr Michael Kock, Head of Global IP, Syngenta
  • Prof David Albert Jones, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford
  • …and many more (for the full list, see our website)

Who should attend? Lawyers and patent attorneys,* theologians, bioethicists, social and political scientists, environmentalists, life scientists and students of law, religion and social justice.

*This event is accredited with 11 hours CPD by the Law Society and the Bar Standards Board

Registration, Fees and Accommodation:

Standard fee: £250 (inc. refreshments, lunches and gala dinner) | student: £160 (gala dinner not included)

***Early bird rates (£30 saving) are available until 25 May 2015***

Overnight accommodation for those needing it is available on Thursday and Friday nights at Murray Edwards College.

BOOK HERE: http://www.vhi.st-edmunds.cam.ac.uk/patents-conference-2015

The conference flyer may be downloaded here for distribution [PDF].

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The Dances of Albion: A Poetic Topography, by John Milbank

From John Milbank, The Dances of Albion: A Poetic Topography (Shearsman Books; March 2015).

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Publication description:

Since I come from all over the island of Britain, it is to me my locality in the world, as much as it is my nation. Of the perplexing variety of this region, I try to make sense. Throughout the island I experience landscapes that tend to evaporate, mingling with myths that loom into a persistent reality. The resulting psychogeographies are for me many, though also problematically linked and integrated. This poetic sequence is written in the hope of a true unity of Britain yet to come.

Praise for The Dances of Albion:

“Milbank is an important theologian and a dazzling public thinker, and in this book he emerges as a poet of real consequence too. His poetry has the intellectual ardour and the visionary reach that we might have expected, but it is also passionately musical, and deeply intimate.” —Patrick Mackie

“In his third collection of poems, John Milbank continues his ‘diagonalizing’ negotiations with horizontal/vertical, finite/infinite patterns and abutments, while sieving through dense local correlations of the ‘matter of Britain’. These poems take us, via ‘lands of indecision’ through ‘strange oases’ to ‘unexpected heights’, retracing the gesta of Pembrokeshire, Kent, East Anglia, Yorkshire and Northumberland, or those of West Saxons, Jutes, Mercians, Picts and Gaels. Such poetry finds a ‘sufficient remnant’ that can be brought to predict a healed modernity ‘amid right conjunctions’ even though ‘decisive history remains obscure, except through haunts of poetic darkness’. Just as Milbank as theologian insists there is no theology not still speculatively philosophical, here he shows us a visionary theology simultaneously making poetic inroads by which ‘yearnings outlast all understandings’.” —Peter Larkin

Read a sample of The Dances of Albion here [PDF].

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Conference: What’s Wrong with Rights?

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WHAT’S WRONG WITH RIGHTS?

A McDonald Centre conference
Christ Church, Oxford
Thursday 21 May – Friday 22 May 2015

  • How absolute are rights?
  • Do rights trump other moral considerations?
  • What is the difference between natural rights and legally recognised rights?
  • Do rights do justice to proper claims of the common good?
  • What is the status of rights in a society’s transition from conflict to peace?

Speakers:

  • Professor Nigel Biggar, moral theologian, University of Oxford; author of In Defence of War and “Individual Rights versus Common Security? Christian Moral Reasoning about Torture”
  • Lord (Simon) Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood, former Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Dr Pierre Hazan, Centre d’Enseignement et de Recherche en Action Humanitaire de Genève; author of Juger La Guerre, Juger L’Histoire
  • Rev. Nicholas Mercer, former Lt.-Col.; the British Army’s chief legal adviser in Iraq; and Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of 2011-12
  • Professor John Milbank, theologian, University of Nottingham; author of “Against Human Rights: Liberty in the Western Tradition”
  • Baroness (Onora) O’Neill, philosopher and chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission; former President of the British Academy;  author of “The Dark Side of Human Rights”
  • Professor Esther Reed, theologian, University of Exeter; author of The Ethics of Human RightsContested Doctrinal and Moral Issues
  • Professor Julian Rivers, lawyer, University of Bristol
  • Professor David Tombs, theologian and scholar of peace studies, University of Otago, New Zealand; author of Rights and Righteousness: Religious Pluralism and Human Rights
  • Lt.-Col. (ret’d) Tom Tugendhat, former Principal Adviser to the Chief of the Defence Staff; author of The Fog of Law;
  • Professor Paul Yowell, lawyer, University of Oxford; former postdoctoral fellow with the Oxford Law Faculty for the AHRC project Parliaments and Human Rights.

Please visit www.mcdonaldcentre.org.uk/events for details and registration. The conference will run from 10:30am on Thursday 21 May to 1pm on Friday 22 May. Cost: £60 full rate / £30 student rate.

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Download the conference programme.

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Forthcoming Events at The Aquinas Institute, Blackfriars

Aquinas_ReverenceAndReflectionPowerful Logic: Aquinas’s Unified Theory of Prime Matter as Principle of Individuation and Pure Potency.

Tuesday 5th May, 5.00 p.m. at Corpus Christi College. Lecture by Dr. Paul Symington.

Reverence and Reflection in Aquinas’ Corpus Christi Liturgy

Thursday 28th May, 4.30 p.m. at Blackfriars.
Lecture by Prof. Barbara Walters.
Followed by optional buffet supper and a close reading of the Corpus Christi Office.

Is the Polis a Fit Place for a Good Man?

Saturday 30th May, 9.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Morning colloquium at Blackfriars.

A Millennium of Christian Biblical Exegesis: Augustine to Aquinas.

Saturday 27th June, 9.00 for 9.30, to 5.30.
Day conference at Blackfriars.
Papers will cover Augustine, Theodoret, Maximos, the Victorines and Aquinas. For the timetable, see the website. Book with cyril.chilson@keble.ox.ac.uk.

Dominican Study Week

6th to 10th July. Annual Study Week at Buckfast Abbey, for university students and young adults.

Thomas Aquinas on the Torah as a good form of life and worship

Tuesday 8th September, 7.30 p.m.
Lecture at Blackfriars, co-sponsored by the Oxford Council for Christians and Jews.

How to book / get more information

Unless otherwise stated above, please email aquinas@bfriars.ox.ac.uk to register interest in attending. Full details of these events can be found at www.bfriars.ox.ac.uk/hall/aquinas-ins/aquinasforthcoming/

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Mater Dei Summer School: Dr Joseph S. O’Leary on Plotinus & Augustine’s Trinitarian Speculation

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Mater Dei Institute of Education
School of Theology and Philosophy

Summer School

“God in the Depths of the Mind:
Plotinus and Augustine’s Trinitarian Speculation”

presented by
Dr Joseph S. O’Leary
Sophia University, Japan

One of the original sources of the ‘theological turn’ in phenomenology, Dr O’Leary is a theologian of international renown who has engaged equally with neo-Platonism and with post-Heideggerian philosophy. He has just published the third volume of a theological ‘trilogy’, Conventional and Ultimate Truth (Notre Dame, 2015) – the companion to Questioning Back (Winston, 1985) and Religious Pluralism and Christian Truth (Edinburgh, 1996). Other notable publications include L’art du jugement en théologie and Christianisme et philosophie chez Origène.

22 – 26 June 2015
Mater Dei Institute of Education, DCU, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3

This five-day summer school will concentrate on the Enneads and On the Trinity. It will be of interest to scholars and researchers in theology, philosophy, religious studies, classics and intellectual history. The course can be taken for 10 ECTS credits; it can also be audited.

For further details, please contact Dr Ian Leask, Philosophy, Mater Dei Institute, DCU, Dublin:

E: ian.leask@dcu.ie

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Mater Dei Institute of Education is a College of Dublin City University.

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III International Summer School – Beyond Secular Faith: “RELIGION AND VIOLENCE”

Call for applications

III International Summer School – Beyond Secular Faith
“RELIGION AND VIOLENCE”
21–28 June, 2015, Granada (Spain)

Organizing Institutions

Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, Warsaw
Institute of Philosophy Edith Stein, Granada
International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient, Granada
Institute of Theology Lumen Gentium, Granada

We invite graduate students and young postdoctoral researchers to take part in the International Summer School.

International Summer School

The title of our annual summer school, Beyond Secular Faith, suggests we are interested in (re)discovering and reflectively elaborating ways to overcome the limits imposed by the dominant contemporary culture. We are convinced that only a faith liberated from the conceptual restrictions and reductions (put forward by secular philosophy and theology) and centered radically on Christ can flourish in the dimension that is proper to faith, that is, in all spheres of human life.

This year the seminar is dedicated to explore one of the most ambiguous and hot debated topic of contemporary culture: The relationship between religion and violence. Are religions accidentally or essentially violent? Or on the contrary, are they or some of them the only authentic sources of peace and reconciliation? However, in discussion with other mayor religions, especially Islam, it is the Christian proposal that will be investigated from a theological, philosophical, sociological and political perspective in the seminars and in the keynote lecture.

As we experienced the summer school last year, a fruitful and amicable dialog grew in a unique way in Granada, a breathtakingly beautiful city that lies at the historic cross-roads of modernity and the Christian tradition.

Deadline for applications: 4th May, 2015

A CV and a short letter of intent may be sent to the Organizing Secretary (secretaria@institutoifes.es).

Seminars:

  • Politics of Conflict: Christian – Muslim Encounter (Monika Gabriela Bartoszewicz)
  • The Political Theology of René Girard (Michał Łuczewski)
  • Religious Violence and the Difference of Theology (Aaron Riches)
  • Religious Violence and the Difference of Theology (Mátyás Szalay)

Keynote Lecture:

ROCÍO DAGA: Violence in Islam? Origin and Development of Modern Arab Thought

Registration fee: 300€

Registration fees include accommodation, full board, course and material.

Academic Directors:
Michał Łuczewski & Mátyás Szalay

Organizing Secretary:
Eva Martínez García

More details available: www.institutoifes.es

http://institutoifes.es/index.php/es/noticias-es/ultimas-noticias/1021-international-summer-school-2015

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From Logos Software: Intervention Series Collection

Eerdmans’ Interventions series scrutinizes the popular and cultural lenses by which modern theological thought is (often unknowingly) studied. Featuring introductions as critical as they are timely, these pivotal studies analyze theologians and philosophical movements that have had a long-lasting impact on modern theology. Coming from the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, England, Interventions is a genuinely interdisciplinary series of mediations of crucial concepts and key figures in contemporary thought.

In the Logos editions, these volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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Now available: God, the Flesh, and the Other: From Irenaeus to Duns Scotus, by Emmanuel Falque

Now available: God, the Flesh, and the Other: From Irenaeus to Duns Scotus, by Emmanuel Falque, translated by William Christian Hackett (Northwestern University Press; published December 30, 2014; 376pp+).

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In God, the Flesh, and the Other, the philosopher Emmanuel Falque joins the ongoing debate about the role of theology in phenomenology. An important voice in the second generation of French philosophy’s “theological turn,” Falque examines philosophically the fathers of the Church and the medieval theologians on the nature of theology and the objects comprising it. Falque works phenomenology itself into the corpus of theology. Theological concepts thus translate into philosophical terms that phenomenology should legitimately question: concepts from contemporary phenomenology such as onto-theology, appearance, reduction, body/flesh, inter-corporeity, the genesis of community, intersubjectivity, and the singularity of the other find penetrating analogues in patristic and medieval thought forged through millennia of Christological and Trinitarian debate, mystical discourses, and speculative reflection. Through Falque’s wide-ranging interpretive path, phenomenology finds itself interrogated—and renewed.

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Edited collection newly available: Apology of Culture: Religion and Culture in Russian Thought

Newly available this month: Apology of Culture: Religion and Culture in Russian Thought, edited by Artur Mrowczynski-Van Allen, Teresa Obolevitch, and Pawel Rojek (Pickwick Publications / Wipf & Stock; March 2, 2015; 252pp+).

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Description:

Contemporary philosophy and theology are ever more conscious of the fact that the model of relations between religion and culture developed in modernity is fundamentally flawed. The processes of the secularization of society, culture, and even religion are rooted in the dualistic vision of religion and culture introduced in the late Middle Ages. In seeking a way out, we need to explore domains of culture unaffected by Western European secular thinking.

Russian thought is remarkably well prepared to formulate an alternative to secular modernity. Indeed, in Russian culture there was neither a Renaissance nor an Enlightenment. Eastern Christianity retained an integral patristic vision of human nature that had not been divided into separate “natural” and “supernatural” elements. These pre- and non-modern visions are now gaining exceptional value in the postmodern reality in which we find ourselves. The heritage of Russian Christian thought may serve as a source of inspiration for alternative approaches to religion and culture. In this respect, Russian thought may be compared with nouvelle theologie, Radical Orthodoxy, and other recent movements in Christian postsecular thought. For this reason it remains astonishingly contemporary.

Praise for Apology of Culture:

Apology of Culture is a timely volume addressing the unity of theology and culture in the conditions of extreme secularization of all forms of life. The appeal to the Russian religious philosophical thought provides a fresh look at the place of humanity in the world where diminution of communities and alienating tendencies of technology become threatening factors of its stability. The volume complements sources on ‘Radical Orthodoxy’ by advancing the scope of modern critique of secularism, atheism, and nihilism.” — Alexei Nesteruk, Senior Research Lecturer, University of Portsmouth, UK

“Faced with the twin threat of moral relativism and secular nihilism, much of Christianity has become far too defensive and pietistic. To restore and renew Christendom, we need to re-enchant religious transcendence and recover the archaic western wisdom in a more culturally mediated and dispersed idiom. A more imaginatively ‘incultured’ faith can unite the patristic fusion of biblical revelation with Greco-Roman philosophy to the Romantic blending of high with popular and folk culture. These extraordinarily rich essays highlight the crucial contribution of Russian religious thought to such an orthodox yet generous Christian revival, in particular the integral unity of the person, the city and the cosmos; . . . mystical metaphysics combined with cosmic contemplation binds together nature with the supernatural and culture with faith.” — Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, University of Kent, UK

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BBC Active access to Did Darwin Kill God?, by Conor Cunningham

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BBC ACTIVE: Video for Learning: Bringing Education and Training to Life

Can Darwin and religion exist side by side?  Did Darwin Kill God? is a thought-provoking programme where Anglican Christian, philosopher and theologian Conor Cunningham explains why these two beliefs are not in conflict.

Richard Dawkins, famous for his book The God Delusion, believes there is an irreconcilable clash between the theory of evolution and a belief in God. But Conor thinks Dawkins is mistaken. He uncovers traditional Christian thinking about the creation of life, reveals how Christians were never expected to read the creation account in Genesis literally and discovers that Creationism is a modern invention.

Communicating his passion for the subject with rich visual metaphors in Did Darwin Kill God? and making complex ideas accessible, Conor shows how Darwin’s vision of the universe enhances our appreciation of a natural world that is full of wonder and stunning intelligibility – a vision of existence which neither leads to nor precludes either atheism or faith.

Another BBC TV programme for schools and education of both science, philosophy and religion

Click here to access and for more details.

(Note: access restricted in the USA & Canada. See the sidebar on the left here for more details.)

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Spanish translation of Conor Cunningham’s Darwin’s Pious Idea now available: La piadosa idea de Darwin

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Now available through Editorial Nuevoinicio: the Spanish translation of Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get it Wrong, translated by Sebastián Montiel as La piadosa idea de Darwin: ¿Por qué se equivocan igualmente ultradarwinistas y creacionistas?

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Publication description:

Conor Cunningham, joven teólogo británico, es director adjunto del Centro de Teología y Filosofía de la Universidad de Nottingham, cuyo director es el prestigioso teólogo John Milbank. Es autor del libro Genealogy of Nihilism (coll. “Radical Orthodoxy”, Routledge, London, 2002) y coeditor, junto con Peter M. Candler Jr., de la colección “Interventions” que publican conjuntamente las editoriales Routledge y Taylor & Francis Group. Se hizo muy popular en los ámbitos anglosajones por presentar en la BBC, a lo largo del mes de marzo de 2009, la serie de documentales titulada Did Darwin kill God? (“¿Mató Darwin a Dios?”), que él mismo había escrito.

El título del presente libro, La piadosa idea de Darwin, alude irónicamente al best seller de Daniel Dennett titulado La peligrosa idea de Darwin. Cunningham demuestra aquí que el pretendido debate entre fe cristiana y evolución ha sido secuestrado por extremistas: por un lado, los cristianos fundamentalistas que rechazan rotundamente cualquier idea de evolución y, por el otro, los ateos fundamentalistas que afirman que la teoría de Darwin excluye la posibilidad de Dios. Ambos tienen en común una idea de Dios (del Dios en el que creen o del Dios en el que no creen) que no se ajusta para nada a la ortodoxia de la tradición cristiana. Del mismo modo, cuando enfrentan los conceptos de “evolución” y de “creación”, presuponen una relación del Dios Creador con su creación que no tiene nada que ver con la concepción cristiana. Cunningham escribe de una forma mordaz y convincente a favor tanto de la creación como de la evolución, pero no entendidas como lo hacen creacionistas y ultradarwinistas. Para ello recurre a un selecto surtido de argumentos de naturaleza filosófica, teológica, histórica y científica. Se muestra así la artificialidad de un debate que sólo sirve para debilitar mutuamente a los que participan en él.

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Also available in translation in Korean, and of course, the original English.

 

“Cunningham is not shy about pulling the ontological pants of materialism down to its ankles. He supplies an unremitting attack on the scientific and philosophical views of Dawkins and his ilk in the course of his first four chapters. The level of scientific sophistication on display is remarkable for a theologian; his reading and his ruminations have been extensive, more than sufficient to provide a devastating critique of the narrative stories and metaphors of Dawkins not just with respect to religion, but also with respect to evolutionary biology itself.” — Michael Rose, The Quarterly Review of Biology

“Despite its length, Darwin’s Pious Idea is a very readable book, engaging and often acerbically witty. It has some serious and original things to say about what always threatens to turn into a sterile debate between rather fictionalized and trivialized versions of science and religion. . . . The sheer exuberance of the presentation is a delight. The final, largely theological chapter, is a tour de force of condensed exposition and reflection, worthy of commendation to anyone who wanted to see the logic of the classical orthodox synthesis laid out with lyricism as well as intellectual depth.. . . This is certainly the most interesting and invigorating book on the science-religion frontier that I have encountered.” — Rowan Williams, Times Literary Supplement

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International Workshop on the Political-Theological Dimension in World Politics

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POLITICAL THEOLOGY OF THE INTERNATIONAL:
International Relations as a Theo-Political Discourse?

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON THE POLITICAL-THEOLOGICAL DIMENSION IN WORLD POLITICS

hosted by
The School of International Relations, University of St Andrews
Convenors: Dr. Vassilios Paipais and Professor Nicholas Rengger

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May, 2015
Arts Lecture Theatre, Arts Faculty Building,
School of International Relations,
University of St Andrews


Download full programme here.

Opening Address:
Professor Nicholas Rengger, Head of School of IR

Keynote Address:
Professor John Milbank, University of Nottingham

Workshop participants:

  • Mick Dillon (Lancaster)
  • Will Bain (NUS)
  • Scott Thomas (Bath)
  • Mustapha Kamal Pasha (Aberystwyth)
  • Adrian Pabst (Kent)
  • William Cavanaugh (DePaul)
  • Caron Gentry (St Andrews)
  • Sean Molloy (Kent)
  • Ilias Papagiannopoulos (Piraeus)
  • Jodok Troy (Innsbruck)
  • Michael Hollerich (St Thomas)
  • Ian Hall (Griffith)
  • Luca Mavelli (Kent)
  • Richard Beardsworth (Aberystwyth)

Download full programme here.


For enquiries please contact:

Dr Vassilios Paipais
vp31@st-andrws.ac.uk

Attendance is free but please pre-register with Ms Hilary Waterston: hw62@st-andrews.ac.uk

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Workshop at the University of Nottingham: Re-reading Derrida’s Faith and Knowledge

Re-reading Derrida’s Faith and Knowledge

June 1-2nd 2015
University of Nottingham

A Northern Theory School and Department of Theology and Religious Studies Workshop at the University of Nottingham

In his enigmatic 1994 essay ‘Faith and Knowledge: The Two Sources of “Religion” within the Limits of Reason Alone’, Jacques Derrida explores the troubled place of religion in late modernity. If Derrida’s essay largely precedes the ‘post-secular turn’ in contemporary thought, it anticipates many of post-secularism’s defining concerns and questions: secularisation, ‘globalatinzation’, religious fundamentalism, the ‘religion’ of technological modernity, violence, terror.

This workshop will be the first ever event dedicated to exploring the implications of Derrida’s landmark essay 20 years after its original publication. What is the significance of Derrida’s essay? How do his reflections upon religion anticipate, deepen or question the turn to religion in figures like Habermas or Taylor? To what extent might Derrida’s essay serve as a point of departure to explore the past, present and future of philosophy of religion?

Details for call of papers available at http://www.northerntheoryschool.co.uk/?p=1613

Please contact Agata Bielik-Robson [agata.bielik-robson@nottingham.ac.uk] for further information.

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Now available: Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics, edited by Ian Geary & Adrian Pabst

Now available: Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics, edited by Ian Geary and Adrian Pabst (I.B.Tauris; published 28 Feb. 2015; 288pp+).

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Description:

In the aftermath of the global economic crisis, and the worst recession for over seventy years, Britain has witnessed one of the most turbulent eras in politics since the Second World War. The dominant political and capitalistic system has come under close scrutiny; and the 2008 financial crash has cast serious doubt on the economic and social liberalism of both Thatcherism and Blairism. The Blue Labour movement addresses the fact that neither nationalisation nor privatisation has delivered lasting prosperity or stability. Critiquing the dominance in Britain of a social-cultural liberalism associated with the left and a free-market liberalism linked to the right, Blue Labour blends a ‘progressive’ commitment to greater economic equality with a more ‘conservative’ disposition emphasising personal loyalty, family, community and locality. Seeking to move beyond the centrist pragmatism of Blair and Cameron, this essential work speaks to the needs of diverse people and communities across the country. It is the manifesto of a vital new force in politics: one that could define the thinking of the next generation and beyond.

Praise for Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics:

‘Something went horribly wrong with British politics in the 1990s. The modernisers drained the meaning out of political engagement by focusing on strategy and presentation rather than substance. As a result all British political parties are now facing mortal crisis. This book on ‘Blue Labour’ is the most thoughtful attempt yet to help Ed Miliband devise an answer to a conundrum which no twenty-first century politician has yet been able to solve.’ — Peter Oborne, Chief Political Commentator, Daily Telegraph

‘Anyone looking for an antidote to the stale and stultifying brand of liberalism which has dominated British political discourse for far too long will find a refreshing and thought-provoking alternative in the contributions to this timely volume.’ — Mark Garnett, Senior Lecturer in British Politics, Lancaster University

‘Blue Labour ably exposes the deficiencies of neo-liberalism and offers an inviting political agenda based on a “moral economy of mutual obligations”. With neo-liberalism discredited by predatory banking, and socialism by the collapse of the planned economies, the paths back to a “moral economy” are well worth exploring. They are not the property of any political party, but will be of special interest to Labour supporters trying to develop an alternative narrative to that of the free market and the centralized state.’ — Robert Skidelsky, FBA, Emeritus Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick

‘The “Blue Labour” movement has emerged as one of the most influential and controversial innovations of the British Left in a generation. Rooted in a deep reading of Labour history and culture, it offers a compelling critique of the Blair and Brown governments and offers a potential route to renewal – revisiting the past so as better to face the challenges of the future.’ — Rafael Behr, Political Columnist, Guardian

‘Blue Labour isn’t, to me, about that rather glib little triad, Faith, Flag and Family. It’s an attempt to reconnect the Labour Party with the very people it was set up to protect and represent. And to devise modern and imaginative policies so that this reconnection might be best achieved.’ — Rod Liddle, Associate Editor, Spectator

‘In calling for a post-liberal politics of the left, Blue Labour advocates have put themselves in a very mixed company. Watching them seek out a virtuous path through the ambiguous legacies of nation, religion, family and other conservative themes is both fascinating and instructive, challenging the presuppositions of any reader.’ — Colin Crouch, FBA, Emeritus Professor of Governance and Public Management, University of Warwick

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Theology Network: Prof Anthony Thiselton on the Transforming Power of the Bible

The Theology Network Nottingham is hosting an event next week with a talk given by Anthony Thiselton on the subject of the transforming power of the Bible. Professor Thiselton is a world renowned expert in the field of hermeneutics and it would be a great opportunity to hear him give a lecture.

If you are interested then join our Facebook event and come along on the 11 March 2015 to Trent Building LG6, University Park Campus, 7.30-9pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/1611822915707181/

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CBET Workshop: The Post-mortem Treatment of the Body as an Ethical, Theological and Biblical Task

The Centre for Bible, Ethics, and Theology (CBET) will be holding the University of Nottingham’s Department of Theology & Religious Studies’ 2nd workshop day on Saturday (7th March) on “The Post-mortem Treatment of the Body as an Ethical, Theological and Biblical Task.” See the programme below, and further details can be found at:

http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/bible-ethics-theology/research-activities/dignity-human-body.aspx

Workshop 2: 7 March 2015 – Programme

  • 9am – Arrival and refreshments
  • 9.20am – Welcome Prof Roland Deines (Co-Director, CBET)
  • 9.30-11am – Prof Andreas Merkt and Dr Martina Hartl (University of Ratisbonne): The Body of the Martyr: Theological, Anthropological and Political Functions of Corporeal Relics in Late Antiquity
  • 11-11.30am – Refreshments
  • 11.30am–12.45pm – Jackie Lymn Rose, Funeral director (A W Lymn The Family Funeral Service): Care of Deceased from Death to Funeral
  • 12.45-1.30pm – Lunch
  • 1.30-2.45pm – Dr Frances Knight (University of Nottingham): “Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust” – A Church Historian’s Reflections on Christian Attitudes to Modern Cremation in the West
  • 2.45-3pm – Refreshments
  • 3-4.15pm – Prof Matthias Morgenstern (University of Tübingen):Burying a Jewish Body: The Problematic Nature of Autopsies According to Jewish Law
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New from Thomas John Hastings: Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko (1888-1960)

New from Thomas John Hastings: Seeing All Things Whole: The Scientific Mysticism and Art of Kagawa Toyohiko (1888-1960), with a foreword by J. Wentzel van Huyssteen (Wipf & Stock; 272pp+).

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Publication description:

KAGAWA TOYOHIKO was one of the best-known evangelists and social reformers of the twentieth century. Founder of several religious, educational, social welfare, medical, financial, labor, and agricultural cooperatives, he was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature (1947 and 1948) and four times for the Nobel Peace Prize (1954, 1955, 1956, and 1960).

Appealing to the masses who had little knowledge of Christianity, Kagawa believed that a positive interpretation of nature was a key missiological issue in Japan. He reasoned that a faith, which is rooted in the “downward movement” of Christ’s incarnation, must support the scientific quest and meditate on the purpose or “upward movement” implicit in scientific findings. rough an anti-reductionist methodological pluralism that strives to “see all things whole,” this “scientific mystic” employed a wide range of Japanese and Western cultural resources to assert a complementary role for science and religion in modern society.

Praise for Seeing All Things Whole:

“Focusing on Kagawa’s scientific interest and its impact upon his thought, Hastings shows the famous Japanese Christian mystic, novelist, and political activist to have offered a prophetic vision of cosmic wholeness to a tragically divided modern world. In so doing, Hastings reclaims Kagawa’s vision for our own troubled time.” — ANN ASTELL, Professor of theology, University of Notre Dame

“This is is truly an excellent intellectual biography of a Japanese Christian who declares ‘My religion is the life with the consciousness reconciled to the Creator of Heaven and earth in the mediation of Jesus Christ.’ His unrestricted movement between science and religion is to be expected, because he sees all dimensions of life artfully interpenetrating each other within the arcs of evolutionary history and redemptive love.” — INAGAKI HISAKAZU, Professor of Philosophy, Tokyo Christian University, Japan

“Hastings offers a lucid intellectual biography of this great, controversial Japanese evangelist and social reformer. In a pluralistic and scientific age of Interstellar and quantum entanglement, Kagawa comes alive again in this volume and gives us a breathtaking glimpse of how all things hold together in Christ.” —PAUL LOUIS METZGER, Professor of Christian theology and theology of Culture, Multnomah University

“Drawing extensively on Japanese sources and scholarship, Seeing All Things Whole provides an insightful intellectual genealogy and analysis of Kagawa’s thought and vision of the spiritual, social, and natural worlds. While this study explicates the relationship between Kagawa’s mystical experience and his understanding of modern science, it also provides readers with a deeper understanding of his involvement in a wide range of ‘cosmic repair’ activities—relief work in the slums and various forms of social and political engagement, for example—which occupied him to the end of his life.” — MARK R. MULLINS, Professor of Japanese Studies, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Download and distribute the flyer for Seeing All Things Whole here [PDF]

Also available in the Veritas series: Cosmic Purpose, by Kagawa Toyohiko.

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New from Ric Machuga: Three Theological Mistakes: How to Correct Enlightenment Assumptions about God, Miracles, and Free Will

New Title from Ric Machuga: Three Theological Mistakes: How to Correct Enlightenment Assumptions about God, Miracles, and Free Will (Cascade Books / Wipf & Stock; published January 5, 2015; 294pp+).

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Publication description:

Though the Enlightenment was responsible for much that is fine, just, and good, it also promoted three bad ideas: mechanism, universal quantification, and mono-causation. Mechanism is the claim that physical causes always have predictable effects fully determined by the laws of nature. This led to the assumption that the laws of cause and effect are logically clear and mathematically precise. So we must, as Galileo advised, “Measure everything, and that which you cannot, measure it anyway.” Finally, since causal relations are always clear and precise they must be exclusive—if something is physically caused, then it was not caused by God, and conversely, if something is caused by God, then it cannot be physically caused. This sort of mono-causation produced a rigid natural/supernatural divide and the search for an “empirically detectable” God.

These three assumptions are demonstrably false, both philosophically and scientifically. In their place I articulate and defend three good ideas found in Thomas Aquinas and Karl Barth:

  • Not all causes are mechanistic.
  • All quantities are ultimately qualities.
  • Full understanding requires dual-causation.

Then I consider Christ’s promise that “if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” This kind of freedom comes from without and is wholly the product of God’s grace.

Of course, many will reject this sort of freedom because it eliminates human autonomy. And without human autonomy, they say, the problem of evil is greatly exacerbated. No longer can it be argued that most pain and suffering is the result of the bad choices that we make.

But this is not the position of Aquinas and Barth. They understand evil as a privation. It is the uncreated “impossible possibility” that cannot be explained; it can only be redeemed. And when evil is redeemed, those who have suffered evil will bear no grudge, while we who have done evil (which includes everyone) will turn our eyes to Christ and joyfully sing, “Oh happy fault that merited such a great redeemer!”

Ric Machuga has taught philosophy and in the Honor Program at Butte College for thirty-five years. He is the author of In Defense of the Soul (2002), Life, the Universe, and Everything (2011), and numerous pieces for Books & Culture.

Download a flyer here which includes an interview with the author [PDF].

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‘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 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 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.

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