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+).

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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

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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).

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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+).

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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.

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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).

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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+).

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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.

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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.

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Cyril O’Regan: Articles on Church Life Journal

Cyril O’Regan is the Catherine F. Huisking Chair in Theology at the University of Notre Dame. His latest book is the first installment of a multi-volume intellectual history of Gnosticism in modernity, The Anatomy of Misremembering, Volume 1: Hegel.

Below are O’Regan’s most recent articles published in Church Life Journal: A Journal of the McGrath Institute for Church Life:

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Now available in Veritas: Hide and Seek: The Sacred Art of Indirect Communication, by Benson P. Fraser

Now available in the Veritas series: Hide and Seek: The Sacred Art of Indirect Communication, by Benson P. Fraser.

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Book description:

As bearers of the divine image, all of us are storytellers and artists. However, few people today believe in truth that is not empirically knowable or verifiable, the sort of truth often trafficked through direct forms of communication. Drawing on the works of Søren Kierkegaard, Benson P. Fraser challenges this penchant for direct forms of knowledge by introducing the indirect approach, which he argues conveys more than mere knowledge, but the capability to live out what one takes to be true.

Dr. Fraser suggests that stories aimed at the heart are powerful instruments for personal and social change because they are not focused directly on the individual listener; rather, they give the individual room or distance to reconsider old meanings or ways of understanding. Indirect communication fosters human transformation by awaking an individual to attend to images or words that carry deep symbolic force and that modify or replace one’s present ways of knowing, and ultimately make one capable of embodying what he or she believes. Through an examination of the indirect approach in Kierkegaard, Jesus, C. S. Lewis, and Flannery O’Connor, Fraser makes a strong case for the recovery of indirect strategies for communicating truth in our time.

Endorsements & Reviews

“Hide and Seek takes us to some strangely familiar, but forgotten, places, reminding us of that old proverb that it is ‘the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings to search them out.’ Fraser generously gives his readers hints, clues, and whispers, in the death of a son or teaching potty-training, that help us discover the treasures of indirect communication to convey the gospel in a loud, busy, and fallen world.” — Terry Lindvall, Virginia Wesleyan University

“This is an essential book for everyone who cares about communicating wisely and well in our age. Indirect communication gets to the heart of the matter—and to our hearts. Without imagination and story, we all will be spiritually impoverished.” — Quentin Schultze, Calvin University

“Fraser offers a fresh and practical indictment of the American evangelical Christian penchant for reducing religious truth and religious persuasion to a stilted and superficial formulaism. In offering his dialogic alternative of ‘indirect communication,’ Fraser provides theological and practical insights—grounded in Kierkegaard and reflected in writers like C. S. Lewis and Flannery O’Connor—that should animate more humane and more effective religious discourse and religious witness.” — Mark Allan Steiner, Christopher Newport University

“If you want to ‘think Christianly’ about communication and subvert worldviews that malign biblical truth, then this book will be your guide. As a wise and gracious insider, Fraser explains how embracing indirect, ambiguous communication opens doors to deep theological conversations with those who are religiously indifferent. This book helps to chart a new evangelistic direction for twenty-first-century digital citizens who recognize the possibility of unassailable truth in the midst of apparent ambiguity.” — Robert H. Woods Jr., Christianity and Communication Studies Network

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Conference: The Future of Christian Thinking

The Future of Christian Thinking
An international conference hosted by St Patrick’s College, Maynooth

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.

Guest 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

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Now available in Veritas: Exorcising Philosophical Modernity, ed. Philip John Paul Gonzales

Now available in the Veritas series: Exorcising Philosophical Modernity: Cyril O’Regan and Christian Discourse after Modernity, edited by Philip John Paul Gonzales.

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What should Christian discourse look like after philosophical modernity? In one manner or another the essays in this volume seek to confront and intellectually exorcise the prevailing elements of philosophical modernity, which are inherently transgressive disfigurations and refigurations of the Christian story of creation, sin, and redemption. To enact these various forms and styles of Christian intellectual exorcism the essays in this volume make appeal to, and converse with, the magisterial corpus of Cyril O’Regan. The themes of the essays center around the gnostic return in modernity, apocalyptic theology, and the question of the bounds and borders of Christian orthodoxy. Along the way diverse figures are treated such as: Hegel, Shakespeare, von Balthasar, Przywara, Ricouer, Deleuze, Merleau-Ponty, and Kristeva. Exorcising Philosophical Modernity: Cyril O’Regan and Christian Discourse after Modernity is a veritable feast of post-modern Christian thought.

Includes contributions by:

  • Philip John Paul Gonzales
  • William Desmond
  • Aaron Riches and Sebastián Montiel
  • Christopher Ben Simpson
  • Jennifer Newsome Martin
  • D. C. Schindler
  • John R. Betz
  • Caitlin Smith Gilson
  • David Bentley Hart
  • Cyril O’Regan

Endorsements:

“This unusually searching collection of essays brings a new depth to the discussion of the claimed ‘gnostic’ dimension to modernity after Voegelin, Balthasar, and O’Regan himself. It is essential reading for all who wish to understand better the relationship of the modern to the theological and the philosophical.” — Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge

“Few Catholic theologians today follow such rich and complex paths as those Cyril O’Regan has taken through the modern legacies of Gnosticism. This volume provides a guide along many of those paths, celebrating and questioning his ever-demanding enterprise.” — Lewis Ayres, University of Durham and Australian Catholic University

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Now available: Can We Believe in People? by Stephen R. L. Clark

Now available from Angelico Press: Can We Believe in People? Human Significance in an Interconnected Cosmos by Stephen R. L. Clark, with a foreword by Catherine Pickstock.

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The view that humanity is “in the image and likeness of God” has influenced the past two millennia of European history, and retains its significance despite the apparent decline of theism as a major social factor. Human beings are understood to be in some way “special,” deserving of “respect,” capable of understanding (even remaking) the universe. The aim of the author—drawing on a wide range of resources ancient and modern—is to clearly delineate this view: its apparent justifications, its implications, and what can and should be said to challenge it. Can We Believe in People? preserves a strong account of human reason and human dignity while yet fully acknowledging the claims of other terrestrial and extraterrestrial life.

Praise for Can We Believe in People?

“In this culmination of a lifetime’s philosophical investigations, Stephen Clark insists that far from dangling above a limitless existentialist abyss, we are invited to join the dance of a participatory creation. He delineates a world that may lie at the very edges of our imaginations, one that depends on a holy interdependence grounded on the bedrock of immutable moral realities.” — SIMON CONWAY MORRIS, Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Palaeobiology, University of Cambridge

“At once classical and original, reflective and constructive, this book is philosophy of the most morally illuminating kind: a vision of the spiritual community of all living things and of the participation of all life in the dignity and glory of spirit.” — DAVID BENTLEY HART, author of That All Shall Be Saved and The Experience of God

“Those who have come to admire and appreciate a lifetime of Stephen Clark’s literary as well as philosophical skills will not be disappointed with this marvelous and timely book, which differs from his prior works in more directly interrogating theological and religious ideas on what it means to be human.” — CELIA DEANE-DRUMMOND, Director of the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

“This book offers a nuanced treatment of human dignity, but without anthropocentric excess.  Stephen Clark deftly denies the reality of species boundaries as well as the idea that human beings are indefinitely malleable.” — DANIEL A. DOMBROWSKI, Professor of Philosophy, Seattle University; author of Not Even a Sparrow Falls: The Philosophy of Stephen R.L. Clark

“In this visionary, provocative work, Platonism and the three Abrahamic religions come into conversation with mathematics, evolutionary biology, and even thought experiments of science fiction. Stephen Clark invites his readers to rethink the dignity of the human being in a much closer, yet also transcendent, relationship of love with all things existing.” — GRETCHEN REYDAMS-SCHILS, Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame

“Stephen Clark writes with clarity and erudition on the philosophy of human nature, the nature of mind, values, our relationship to non-human animals and the divine. Recommended to all who are looking for a rich, stimulating, mature work in philosophy, understood as the love of wisdom.” — CHARLES TALIAFERRO, Professor of Philosophy, St. Olaf College

“There is no more basic issue than that of the nature of human beings and their place in the scheme of things. This scholarly book grips our attention with incisive arguments about matters that concern us all.” — ROGER TRIGG, Senior Research Fellow, Ian Ramsey Centre, University of Oxford

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New from William C. Hackett: Philosophy in Word & Name

Now available from Angelico PressPhilosophy in Word & Name: Myth, Wisdom, Apocalypse, by William C. Hackett.

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MYTH. WISDOM. APOCALYPSE. Three words of ancient pedigree offering the seeker a promise: to unlock the door of understanding to the highest and best things—the divine things. Three keys, then, for a “Philosophy in Word and Name” that wants, simply, to comprehend whatever makes the meaning of our humanity take on its fullest scope and significance. This text intends to be no more than a “sketchbook” for such a philosophy. Its six Studies include two dedicated to each key, engaging with words and names ancient and modern, eastern and western, and with an approach casting back into traditional intellectual practices long strictured in the modern west. Above all, the defining feature of the modern intelligence—the asphyxiating alienation of philosophy and theology from one another, and both from the mystical—is weighed and found wanting. A turn to modes of thought and styles of writing for which religion is not foreign ground is required if we are to have any chance of fidelity to these things themselves; and should this draw us closer to “premodern,” or even “eastern,” modalities, must we not remain open to these as well?

Praise for Philosophy in Word and Name:

“This singular book is plurivocal in a challenging and intellectually invigorating way. It allows the voices of myth, philosophy, and theology to sound together and indeed to sing in a kind of companioning togetherness. Warmly recommended.” — WILLIAM DESMOND, Villanova University

“In a multi-faceted series of studies in diverse styles, William Hackett opens to us a vista on the state of Christian thought today. Here is our contemporary Kierkegaard: probing old ideas, launching new ones, prodding us to be ever more vigilant, not only in our thinking about religion but in our practice of it.” — KEVIN HART, University of Virginia

“This philosophical prophecy against today’s all-too-human kingdoms of so-called knowledge culminates in prayerful obedience to divine truth, an apocalypse masterfully and poetically sketched out in these pages.” — FR. BONAVENTURE CHAPMAN, OP, Dominican House of Studies, Washington DC

“This remarkable first book of William Hackett sounds forth with newness, confidence, and truth, and is sure to establish him as one of the most original and energetic voices of contemporary Catholic thought. A must read.” — AARON RICHES, Benedictine College

“Rarely does a genuinely groundbreaking book come along. Even more rare is a book that accomplishes this in the realm of philosophy and religion. This is that book: an intellectual and mystical masterpiece that makes believable a truly universal speculative thinking about ultimate meaning in our own day.” — CONOR SWEENEY, author of Abiding the Long Defeat

“William Chris Hackett leads us on a vast journey rich with reflections on ‘revelation at the end of time’ as the possibility for present humanity to accelerate what it cannot ignore.” — EMMANUEL FALQUE, Institut catholique de Paris

“Hackett has read deeply and broadly and has something to say only he can say. Read his book.” — JEAN-YVES LACOSTE, Clare Hall, Cambridge

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One-Day Event: The Future of Hylomorphism

University of Nottingham
Centre of Theology and Philosophy

The Future of Hylomorphism:

Something and Someone to Talk about


One-Day Event
Thursday 30 April 2020
10am-6pm

Humanities A03
University of Nottingham

For more information, please contact: conor.cunningham@nottingham.ac.uk

Speakers:

  • Robert KoonsProfessor of Philosophy, University of Texas
  • Anna MarmodoroProfessor of Metaphysics, University of Durham
  • David S OderbergProfessor of Philosophy, University of Reading
  • Mariusz TabaczekProfessor of Philosophy, Thomistic Institute, Warsaw
  • John MilbankProfessor (emeritus) of Theology, Politics, and Ethics, University of Nottingham
  • Sergey TrostyanskyResearch Fellow, Sophia Institute, NYC

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Special Issue of Religions CFP: “Science, Theology and Metaphysics”

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sergei Bulgakov made the profound point that ‘Science is an answer to a question that precedes it’. Profound as this is, it often goes unnoticed. In so doing, cultural divides are generated, divides that accommodate acrimonious encounter, if there be encounter between disciplines at all. Yet it is not simply unnecessary opposition that is undesirable, to say the least, but more importantly, such confrontation and its attendant isolationism distort said disciplines, especially science. If the theologian retreats to the ghetto of fideism, clinging to a sacred book as its sole, discrete resource, eschewing all else, science does likewise, arguably, when it treats itself as a stand-alone activity; one with full autonomy, and bereft of both perspective and context, and more seriously, dependence—a symptom of which can be seen when the very scientist is screened off, which is to say, the human practitioner or theoretician drops out of all consideration, as does their constitutive desire that drives the very advent and perpetual effort of them doing science.

The Western mind, it would seem, is held captive by the hegemonic idea of a base upon which all else is erected. This fixation amputates the imagination, stymies thought and limits disciplines, both intra and inter. Moreover, it encourages forms of fundamentalism, scientific, religious and philosophical, in both professional and populist manifestations. This dominant perspective is the outcome of a picture by which we have been bewitched: the layer cake, to borrow Putnam and Oppenheim’s metaphor from the 1950s. This metaphor provides a mandate for the positing of a base that sucks in all that is supposed to reside above, down to its level, for truth resides only in the base. As Ernest Rutherford once said, ‘There is only physics, all is stamp collecting’. Such ideology is made manifest in the ambitions on display, which seek to develop TOES (Theory of Everything) or GUTS (General Unified Theory). There is, of course, nothing wrong with these as far as it goes, but the inference that accompanies them—‘nothing but’—is where the danger lurks.

Profitably, it may be wise to follow Aristotle, reminding our culture that all disciplines operate under a logic of subalternation. In other words, all sciences operate by employing the work of other disciplines beyond their ken; they live by way of borrowed logics of which they cannot give an account. Here, an operational discourse is replete with other modes of knowledge, what Plato calls an ‘interweaving,’ συμπλοκ- modes that enable it to function, yet they do not, and need not, as far as it goes, speak of them, except to realise their need of them. This is a more creative model, perhaps, than that of the layer cake. As opposed to disciplinary isolationism, we have a marriage of discourse.

We are interested in submissions that contribute to this conversation. How, in the 21st century, do we present a more realistic and creative understanding of a how all knowledge (scientia) works, especially the relation of science to both theology and metaphysics?

Dr. Conor Cunningham
Guest Editor

Topics:

  • What is the relation between disciplines?
  • Where does the person fit in, or is it a fiction?
  • Is there free will?
  • Is truth beyond mere utility?
  • Is ethics reduce to function?
  • Is the commonsense world now untenable?
  • Is Religion a matter of folk psychology?
  • Does science have a foundation?
  • Can science be unified?
  • Can systematic theology make a contribution to how we understand the world?

For more information and to submit a manuscript for this special issue of Religions on the topic of Science, Theology and Metaphysics, click here.

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Macrina Magazine: Fresh Philosophical Engagements with an Ancient Faith

New online publication:

Macrina Magazine: Fresh Philosophical Engagements with an Ancient Faith

Macrina Magazine is an online Christian philosophical journal that offers readers a platform to explore faith, politics, and culture critically and creatively. We seek to offer a respite for overstimulated yet undernourished minds that are hungry for more substantial reflection than the twenty-four-hour news cycle can provide regarding our world and how we ought to live in it. By featuring diverse and engaging content we hope to enable readers to engage with intentionality, thoughtfulness, and charity – both as thinkers as well as people of faith.

“The arrival of Macrina Magazine is exciting and welcome. It offers a vital new space between unmediated mass trivialisation on the one hand and the increasingly dead hand of academia on the other, locked into excessive mediating processes and specialisations. The role of bold independent editorship is here being reinvented to the benefit of both real intellectual life and a more widely-diffused culture.” — John Milbank

“How delightful to see a new journal dedicated to genuinely fascinating topics, prosecuted with such imagination and creativity.” — David B. Hart

Macrina Magazine offers serious, creative, and accessible engagement with a wealth of texts critical to reflecting on Christian life.” — Natalie Carnes

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New edited volume from Cambridge University Press: Patents on Life

Patents on Life: Religious, Moral, and Social Justice Aspects of Biotechnology and Intellectual Property
New from Cambridge University Press

Edited by:
Thomas C. Berg (University of St Thomas, Minnesota)
Roman Cholij (St Edmund’s College, Cambridge)
Simon Ravenscroft (Magdalene College, Cambridge)

This volume brings together a unique collection of legal, religious, ethical, and political perspectives to bear on debates concerning biotechnology patents, or ‘patents on life’. The ever-increasing importance of biotechnologies has generated continual questions about how intellectual property law should treat such technologies, especially those raising ethical or social-justice concerns. Even after many years and court decisions, important contested issues remain concerning ownership of and rewards from biotechnology – from human genetic material to genetically engineered plants – and regarding the scope of moral or social-justice limitations on patents or licensing practices. This book explores a range of related issues, including questions concerning morality and patentability, biotechnology and human dignity, and what constitute fair rewards from genetic resources. It features high-level international, interfaith, and cross-disciplinary contributions from experts in law, religion, and ethics, including academics and practitioners, placing religious and secular perspectives into dialogue to examine the full implications of patenting life.

The book is the result of a four-year collaborative project between the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law, and Public Policy at the University of St Thomas, Minnesota.

Endorsements

Patents on Life offers a rigorous and discerning consideration of issues at the intersection of biotechnology, ethics, and social justice. A much needed faith- centered contribution to the debate over ethical and moral norms at stake in the governance of biotech patents; it is a must read.” — Ruth Okediji, Jeremiah Smith, Jr., Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

“The contribution of this book is to bring hitherto neglected religious perspectives into the debates about the ethical issues raised by patents on life. The essays convincingly argue that patents on life require evaluation under criteria of morality and social justice and religious thought can contribute to such an analysis.” — Audrey Chapman, Healey Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

“This book is a comprehensive and fascinating conversation between an impressive line-up of scholars representing many different academic backgrounds, but also a number of faith communities, on the topic of intellectual property. As such it is an exceptional, thorough and informative study on the ethical challenges of biotechnological patents.” — Dr Calum MacKellar, Director of Research, Scottish Council on Human Bioethics

Institutional access to the full text is available via Cambridge Core. The print book will be available to buy shortly from the publisher in the UK here, and in the US here, as well as through other, usual booksellers.

The closing chapter is also available on the Social Sciences Research Network.

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Now available: Seven Brief Lessons on Magic, by Paul Tyson

Now out from Cascade BooksSeven Brief Lessons on Magic, by Paul Tyson.

Is magic real? Could anything be real that can’t be quantified or scientifically investigated? Are qualities like love, beauty, and goodness really just about hormones and survival? Are strangely immaterial things, like thought and personhood, fully explainable in scientific terms? Does nature itself have any intrinsic value, mysterious presence, or transcendent horizon? Once we ask these questions, the answer is pretty obvious: of course science can’t give us a complete picture of reality. Science is very good at what it is good at, but highly important aspects of human meaning are simply outside of science’s knowledge range. So how might we better relate scientific facts to qualitative mysteries? How might we integrate our powerful factual knowledge with wisdom about the higher meaning of things? This book defines magic as the real qualities and mysteries of the world that science just can’t grasp. It looks at how we came to put magic in the box of subjective make-believe. It explores how we might get it out of that box and back into our understanding of reality.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“This brief and clearly argued book brilliantly picks apart modern confusions about science and the supposed end of magic. In distinguishing the different senses of the term, Tyson casts a great deal of light on the roles that ‘magic’ in its different senses has played in our history and is still inevitably playing in our contemporary world.” — Charles Taylor, McGill University

“If you thought that magic had been banished by science, think again. In this entertaining and thought-provoking little book, Paul Tyson challenges us to re-think modern assumptions about the disenchantment of the world and the capacity of science to explain everything. Magic, Tyson argues, is everywhere—in our modern technologies, in the fictional worlds of Narnia, the Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and, most importantly, in the love, beauty, and goodness that make life worth living. This is a critical, thoughtful, hopeful, and life-affirming book.” — Peter Harrison, University of Queensland

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Now available: The Apocalypse of Wisdom: Louis Bouyer’s Theological Recovery of the Cosmos

Now available from Angelico Press, The Apocalypse of Wisdom: Louis Bouyer’s Theological Recovery of the Cosmos, by Keith Lemna.

Although the French Oratorian priest Louis Bouyer was one of the most comprehensive, influential, and prescient theologians of the twentieth century, only in recent years have some major European studies begun to uncover the rich treasury of his thought. In the present book, the first of its kind in English, Keith Lemna contributes to this body of scholarship a comprehensive study of Bouyer’s cosmological vision. Commencing with his seminal monograph Cosmos: The World and the Glory of God, Lemna explores in depth Bouyer’s sophiological and apocalyptic theology of creation, detailing especially his profound engagement with scientific, philosophical, religio-mythic, and poetic cosmologies. As the work of possibly the greatest twentieth-century Catholic “sophiologist,” the French theologian’s cosmology emerges as a path forward for a much-needed reintegration of human knowledge centered on the Mystery at the heart of God’s eternal Wisdom revealed in the economy of grace.

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Praise for The Apocalypse of Wisdom:

“Keith Lemna provides a synthesis of a brilliant thinker as well as a new path forward for Christian theology in the West, the East, and at the edge of contemporary scientific inquiry into the nature and meaning of the cosmos.”
— Peter Casarella, University of Notre Dame

“Read Lemna’s pellucid work of love and learn how to read the wisdom of Christ in the pages of cosmic history.”
— Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary

“Bouyer’s reputation in liturgy is here deservedly augmented by Lemna’s thorough and extraordinary study of the world as gift that reflects the triune life of God in loving praise.”
— David W. Fagerberg, University of Notre Dame

“The Apocalypse of Wisdom is essential reading for both Bouyer scholars and contemplative seekers, who will find here an indispensable guide to a recovery of a ‘cosmicity’ that does full justice to the exigencies of faith, reason, and the mythopoetic imagination.”
— Adrian J. Walker, Catholic University of America

“Keith Lemna does a great service filling a lacuna in cultural memory by introducing us to this generous friend and fellow-pilgrim of so many Christian luminaries, from J.R.R. Tolkien to Jean-Luc Marion.”
— Cyrus Olsen, University of Scranton

“We can be grateful to Keith Lemna for making available to us Fr Bouyer’s comprehensive and coherent theological vision, one which is simultaneously intellectually and spiritually nourishing.”
— Msgr Michael Heintz, Mount St Mary’s Seminary

“The Apocalypse of Wisdom is a must-read for theologians, clergy, catechists, apologists, and everyone else whose vocation is to understand and convey the ineffable drama of creation and redemption.”
— David H. Delaney, Mexican American Catholic College

“Here are keys to the thought of the French theologian who has reached out further and deeper than Teilhard de Chardin in the critical field of cosmology, at the crossroads of science, culture, and faith.”
— Jean Duchesne, literary executor to Louis Bouyer

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Welcome to CENTRE of THEOLOGY and PHILOSOPHY

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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 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

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Recent Posts

Now available: The Foundations of Nature by Michael Dominic Taylor
January 11, 2021
Religions special issue CFP: Literature and Eco-theology
November 3, 2020
Dr. Alexei Bodrov Festschrift: Theology of Freedom: Religious and Anthropological Foundations of Freedom in a Global Context
October 30, 2020
New in the Veritas series by Caitlin Smith Gilson: Subordinated Ethics
October 13, 2020
Essays in Honor of Rémi Brague – DEADLINE JANUARY 1ST
September 30, 2020
New from Angelico Press: The Meaning of Idealism, by Pavel Florensky
September 25, 2020
Books by Professor Tom McLeish
September 22, 2020
Cyril O’Regan: Articles on Church Life Journal
September 11, 2020
Now available in Veritas: Hide and Seek: The Sacred Art of Indirect Communication, by Benson P. Fraser
July 25, 2020
Conference: The Future of Christian Thinking
June 29, 2020

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