Methexis Institute’s Inaugural Conference – Church & Academy: Deepening Our Dialogue

We here announce the arrival of our sister institution in the United States as well as the inaugural conference entitled “Church & Academy: Deepening our Dialogue”:

The Methexis Institute, based in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Methexis means participation. Our sharing and exchanging with each other and with the natural world is rooted in our sharing in and symbolization of God. This is the basis for any true cultural order, without which, as we see today, society falls apart and the environment  is severely damaged. The Methexis Institute is committed to upholding and restoring this order.”

– John Milbank


Church & Academy

INAUGURAL CONFERENCE

CHURCH & ACADEMY:
DEEPENING OUR DIALOGUE

APRIL 4 & 5, 2019
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The Methexis Institute’s inaugural conference initiates an effort to deepen the dialogue between Church and academy – seeking clarity and generativity. Leading clergy, laity, and scholars from different backgrounds and areas of expertise will gather to interact (formally and informally) and explore ways to bring more Church into our scholarship and more scholarship into our Church – disclosing wisdom through the Church and beauty in the world.

The Methexis Institute is delighted to collaborate with Mars Hill Audio – hosting Alison Milbank as the presenter for this spring’s Areopagus Lecture Series.

PRESENTERS

  • John Milbank (The Methexis Institute)
  • Revd Dr Graham Ward (Oxford University)
  • Revd Canon Simon Oliver (Durham University)
  • Alison Milbank (University of Nottingham)
  • David Bentley Hart (Notre Dame)
  • Ken Myers (Mars Hill Audio)
  • Revd Dr Peter Leithart (Theopolis Institute)
  • Johannes Hoff (University of London)
  • William Desmond (Villanova University)
  • Revd Dr Andrew Davison (Cambridge University)
  • Thomas Pfau (Duke University)

For more information about the conference and for details on how to register, click here.

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A Saint for East and West: Maximus the Confessor’s Contribution to Eastern and Western Christian Theology

Based upon a conference sponsored by the Centre of Theology and Philosophy:

A Saint for East and West:
Maximus the Confessor’s Contribution to Eastern and Western Christian Theology

Edited by Daniel Haynes
with an introduction by Andrew Louth, FBA

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Book description:

In 1054 CE, the Great Schism between Eastern and Western Christianity occurred, and the official break of communion between the two ancient branches of the church continues to this day. There have been numerous church commissions and academic groups created to try and bridge the ecumenical divides between East and West, yet official communion is still just out of reach. The thought of St. Maximus the Confessor, a saint of both churches, provides a unique theological lens through which to map out a path of ecumenical understanding and, hopefully, reconciliation and union. Through an exposition of the intellectual history of Maximus’ theological influence, his moral and spiritual theology, and his metaphysical vision of creation, a common Christianity emerges. This book brings together leading scholars and thinkers from both traditions around the theology of St. Maximus to cultivate greater union between Eastern and Western Christianity.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Andrew Louth, FSB

Part One: Reception and Influence

  • Ch. 1: Eriugena’s Appropriation of Maximus Confessor’s Anthropology, Adrian Guiu
  • Ch. 2: Saint Maximus the Confessor, the Filioque, and the Papacy, Edward Siecienski
  • Ch. 3: A Logician for East and West, Christophe Erismann

Part Two: Anthropology, Christology, and Spirituality

  • Ch. 4: The Imitation of Christ according to Saint Maximus the Confessor, Metropolitan Kallistos (Timothy Ware)
  • Ch. 5: Freedom and Heteronomy, Adam Cooper
  • Ch. 6: Maximus the Confesor on the Will, David Bradshaw
  • Ch. 7: The Action of the Holy Spirit in Christ, according to Saint Maximus the Confessor, Luis Granados Garcia

Part Three: Ontology and Metaphysics

  • Ch. 8: Remarks on the Metaphysics of Saint Maximus the Confessor, Melchisedec Törönen
  • Ch. 9: Nature, Passion, and Desire, Rowan Williams
  • Ch. 10: Christianity and Platonism in East and West, John Milbank
  • Ch. 11: Theuric Attunement as Eucharistic Gnosiology, Nikolaos Loudovikos
  • Ch. 12: The Metaphysics of Maximus, Torstein T. Tollefsen
  • Ch. 13: Maximus the Confessor’s View on Participation Reconsidered, Vladimir Cvetković
  • Ch. 14: Christ and the Contemplation of Nature in Maximus the Confessor’s Ambigua to John, Joshua Lollar

Blurbs:

“St. Maximus the Confessor is not only one of the most profound Christian theologians of Late Antiquity, but one who uniquely, in his own lifetime and again today, unites both East and West. The essays gathered here together are likewise from eminent Eastern and Western theologians, and show a common spirit in their engagement with the texts, theology, and legacy of their common Father.” — John Behr, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, New York

“The essays in this collection prove that there is much work yet to be done on Maximus the Confessor, and that his legacy in Eastern and Western Christian thought is both deep and wide. Fresh insights are offered here into an array of classic themes in Maximus’s theology, from his cosmology and metaphysics to his theological anthropology and ascetical doctrine. Veteran and younger scholars weigh in on issues that continue to compel modern theological retrieval of this prolific Byzantine thinker. This book is a welcome addition to the continuing renaissance of Maximus studies in recent decades.” — Paul M. Blowers, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Milligan College

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Our Common Cosmos: Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture and Space Sciences

Our Common Cosmos:
Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture and Space Sciences

Edited by Zoë Lehmann Imfeld, Andreas Losch

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This volume collects an international body of voices, as a timely response to a rapidly advancing field of the natural sciences. The contributors explore how the disciplines of theology, earth and space sciences contribute to the debate on constantly expanding ethical challenges, and the prospect of humanity’s future.

The discussions offered in this volume see the ‘community’ as central to a sustainable and ethical approach to earth and space sciences, examining the role of theology in this communal approach, but also recognizing theology itself as part of a community of humanity disciplines. Examining the necessity for interaction between disciplines, this collection draws on voices from biodiversity studies, geology, aesthetics, literature, astrophysics, and others, to illustrate precisely why a constructive and sustainable dialogue is needed within the current scientific climate.

Table of contents

List of Contributors
Foreword – Carl Pilcher, NASA Astrobiology Institute, USA
Introduction, Andreas Losch, University of Bern, Switzerland, Zoë Lehmann Imfeld, Centre for Space and Habitability, Switzerland

Part 1: Approaches

  • 1. Conversations Along the Way: How and Why Science and Theology Need to Interact – Markus Mühling, Protestant University Wuppertal/Bethel, Germany
  • 2. Good Fences Make Good Neighbours’: Why the Differences of Science, Religion and Theology Must Not Be Blurred – Dirk Evers, Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany
  • 3. Modelling the Relation between Theology and Science – Andreas Losch, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • 4. Who’s Afraid of Reductionism’s Wolf? The Return of Scientia – Conor Cunningham, University of Nottingham, UK

Part 2: Interactions

  • 5. Sustainability: Interaction Between Science, Ethics and Theology – Robert S. White, University of Cambridge, UK
  • 6. About Continuous Creation, and Some Ethical Principles for Ecology – Fabien Revol, Catholic University of Lyon, France
  • 7. Aesthetics at the Intersection of Science and Theology – Knut-Willy Sæther, Volda University College, Norway
  • 8. Imagination as Co-Creation: Science and Theology Through the Lens of Science-Fiction Literature – Zoe Lehmann Imfeld, Centre for Space and Habitability , Switzerland
  • 9. A Philosophical Outlook on Potential Conflicts Between Planetary Protection, Astrobiology and Commercial Use of Space – Erik Persson, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • 10. The End of Copernican Mediocrity: How Modern Astrophysics Has Reinvigorated the Spiritual Dimension – Howard A. Smith, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA

Afterword: Our Place in the Universe – Tom McLeish, York University, UK
Index

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Announcing New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference (Sep 2019)

ANNOUNCING
New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference
University of Cambridge
Faculty of Divinity
13-15 September 2019

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New and forthcoming in the INTERVENTIONS series

New from Philipp W. Rosemann in the Interventions series, with a foreword from John Milbank:

Charred root of Meaning:
Continuity, Transgression, and the Other in Christian Tradition

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Description:

Ecologists tell us that periodic wildfires, though devastating, are necessary to the rhythm of nature. The death of the old allows something new to grow, sometimes straight back from the charred roots. Christian tradition functions much the same way, says Philipp Rosemann. In this book he examines how transgression and destruction are crucial in the foundation and preservation of tradition.

Theories of tradition have emphasized the handing-down of identity rather than continuity through difference. Rosemann shows that divine revelation occurs as an irruption that challenges the existing order. The preservation of tradition, he argues, requires that this challenge be periodically repeated. Offering a historical, theological, and philosophical approach to Christian tradition, Charred Root of Meaning shows how transgression and reformation keep the Christian faith alive.

Reviews:

“ ‘Transgression’ is constitutive of the Christian tradition, Philipp Rosemann argues, yet transgression is nothing without the tradition whose roots it seeks to lay bare. From close reading of Scripture to unpacking an anonymous early gloss on the Sentences of Peter Lombard, from Denys the Carthusian’s mystical reading of his scholastic forbears to Luther’s influence on Heidegger, from Dionysius the Areopagite to Foucault and Derrida, Rosemann crosses conventional academic boundaries with sure-footed ease to make his case. Anyone who cares how the Christian tradition holds together will be provoked, stimulated, and informed by what he says here.” — Bruce D. Marshall, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

“In this remarkable and arresting book, Philipp Rosemann rewrites accounts of tradition in the unfolding of the Christian legacy. As he shows, its continuity does not preclude decisive episodes of both rupture and return, nor of ambiguity, in which universal liberation may entail new and specific repressions. With great originality, Rosemann argues that catholic truth resides somewhere between revolutionary ‘despoliation’ and a renewed ‘literal’ respect even for the apparently superseded other.” — Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge

“This is a marvelous meditation on tradition and transgression, whose inextricable connection is explored with respect to the Christian tradition from Jewish origins to problematic postmodernism. Its range extends from Foucault, Heidegger, and Kant to Peter Lombard, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Augustine. . . . It is as alert to the connection of devotion and transgression in the Middle Ages as it is to the empty impertinence of some contemporary forms of transgression. . . . A remarkable, indeed outstanding book. Very warmly recommended.” — William Desmond, Villanova University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

“Philipp Rosemann is a very unusual historian of theology and philosophy whose work is always informed by strongly theoretical interests, deeply explored, yet lightly borne and lucidly expounded, as the reader of this book will quickly discover. . . . The remarkable unity of Rosemann’s ultimate vision shines through all the careful scholarly precision and ecclesial good sense of this work.” — John Milbank (from the foreword), University of Nottingham

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Forthcoming later this month:


Reimagining the Analogia Entis: The Future of Erich Przywara’s Christian Vision
by Philip John Paul Gonzales, with a foreword by Cyril O’Regan

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Description:

In 1932 German theologian and philosopher Erich Przywara penned his Analogia Entis, a vision of the analogy of being and a metaphysical exploration of the dynamic between God and creation. A translation into English in 2014 made Przywara’s brilliant and influential work available to more people than ever before.

In this book Philip Gonzales calls English-speaking readers to embrace the Christian treasure of the Analogia Entis and to reimagine what it offers Christians today. Gonzales brings Przywara’s text into dialogue with debates in contemporary philosophy and theology, engaging in conversation with Edith Stein, Karl Barth, Martin Heidegger, the Nouvelle théologie, Vatican II, and leading figures in postmodern theology and the Continental turn to religion. The first book of its kind in English, Reimagining the “Analogia Entis” articulates a Christian vision of being for the postmodern era.

Reviews:

“I could give no better endorsement of Philip Gonzales’s excellent study of Erich Przywara than to quote from it. For anyone ‘seeking an antifoundationalist postmodern understanding of Christian philosophy,’ or how to strike an analogical balance between the discourses of philosophy and theology, ‘Przywara surely takes us forward.’ In this book Gonzales tells us with gusto why and how this is so. For decades Przywara has been neglected, and until now few have recognized the profound relevance of his thought for contemporary philosophy and theology. With the publication of this book—among the first significant receptions of his thought in the Anglophone world—it is safe to say that that time has now passed. With this pioneering study Christian philosophers and theologians can now get on with the task of appreciating Przywara’s gift to the church.” — John Betz, University of Notre Dame

“It is hugely opportune that this excellent book should appear now. It is the perfect complement to the recent appearance of Erich Przywara’s Analogia Entis in its first English translation (also with Eerdmans). Gonzales has a superb knowledge of Przywara and offers an illuminating account of his work that helps us understand its complexity and richness. He paints a richly informed picture of the context of Przywara’s thought and offers a compelling dialogue between Przywara and Edith Stein, illuminating the contrast between sapientia and scientia. The book makes a convincing case for the relevance and continued importance of Przywara’s thought to current debates. An impressively thoughtful and indispensable contribution, very highly recommended.” — William Desmond, Villanova University

“Philip Gonzales has here achieved a remarkable expansion and updating of the analogical metaphysics of Erich Przywara. Analogy comprises both being and revelation and a tensionality not just between God and creation but between essence and existence, past and future, potential and fulfillment. Therefore a metaphysics of analogy must be as much believed in as argued for, lived as much as believed, and hoped for through a welcoming of the fire of sanctity as much as lived. More radically than ever, Gonzales suggests that the biblical, Catholic horizon offers the only credible philosophy that is not a mere surrender to despair.” — John Milbank, University of Nottingham

“Gonzales is that rare combination of exceptional scholar and visionary philosopher; he has shaken the dust off the analogia entis and, like Przywara, opened up worlds of conversation, communion, and nuance. Breathtaking, exhilarating, and grounded in the Christocentric substance which alone discloses truth, this book is indeed an analogia caritatis—an essential, graceful, and rewarding journey.” — Caitlin Smith-Gilson, University of Holy Cross, New Orleans

“Erich Przywara responded to the crisis of modernity with a profound and creative philosophy that sprang from the heart of the faith. In this book Philip Gonzales springs from the theological heart of Przywara’s philosophy to respond to the thinkers of postmodernity; in so doing, Gonzales offers the valuable service of making Przywara’s notoriously difficult thought more widely accessible.” — D. C. Schindler, Pontifical John Paul II Institute

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John Milbank Lecture in Hong Kong 2019


The McDonald Faith and Global Engagement Distinguished Lecture Series

Can We Save Our World? Religion and Ecology

Prof. John Milbank (University of Nottingham)

28 January 2019 (Monday) | 7pm-8:30pm
HKU Rayson Huang Theatre

In light of the ongoing environmental crisis and climate change, many have suggested that we now live in the age of the Anthropocene, an age in which the geology and ecosystem of the natural world are significantly shaped by human activities and technology. How should human beings interpret their place in this changing world? How should we as human beings understand our relation to ‘nature’? In this lecture, Professor John Milbank, a world-renowned theologian and philosopher, will consider how the idea of creatio ex nihilo (creation out of nothing) found in Judaism, Christianity and Islam can help us rethink our role and responsibilities as human beings in relation to the ecological crisis. If it is us human beings who have put the world into a crisis, it is only us who can save it.

Admission Free. Registration required.

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A Revisionist Account of Natural Law and Natural Right (CLJ)

I will attempt, in this essay, to sketch in short compass an account of the historical development of natural right in relation to the older notion of natural law. My contention will be that the latter notion has, until recently, always been more dominant than the former, and that for a long time natural right was usually thought of in the context of natural law. Even where notions of subjective right started to become more important in the Middle Ages, early modernity and the Enlightenment, they were not, as yet, often subjectively founded in the will or capacity of the individual, but still within conceptions of an objective cosmic right order, however etiolated this had often become—thereby indeed encouraging a subjective foundation of the subjective. But even where they were so subjectively founded, beginning already within the Middle Ages themselves, natural right necessarily presented itself as a revised notion of natural law or of cosmic order, albeit now perversely construed as a pure regime of power and willing. In this way, the link of ius, whether viewed as objective right (or law) or as subjective right, with conceptions of divine government did not immediately disappear…

The first of a six-part series by John Milbank is now available at the University of Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal.

 

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Veritas Series: Love, Friendship, Beauty, and the Good

Highlighting publications in the Veritas series from the last year:

Love, Friendship, Beauty, and the Good
Plato, Aristotle, and the Later Tradition

By Kevin Corrigan

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Description:

This book tells a compelling story about love, friendship, and the Divine that took over a thousand years to unfold. It argues that mind and feeling are intrinsically connected in the thought of Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus; that Aristotle developed his theology and physics primarily from Plato’s Symposium (from the “Greater” and “Lesser Mysteries” of Diotima-Socrates’ speech); and that the Beautiful and the Good are not coincident classes, but irreducible Forms, and the loving ascent of the Symposium must be interpreted in the light of the Republic, as the later tradition up to Ficino saw. Against the view that Platonism is an escape from the ambiguities of ordinary experience or opposed to loving individuals for their own sakes, this book argues that Plato dramatizes the ambiguities of ordinary experience, confronts the possibility of failure, and bequeaths erotic models for the loving of individuals to later thought. Finally, it examines the Platonic-Aristotelian heritage on the Divine to discover whether God can love us back, and situates the dramatic development of this legacy in Plotinus, Iamblichus, Proclus, and Dionysius the Areopagite.

Blurbs:

Love, Friendship, Beauty, and the Good debunks the academic myth which has encased ancient philosophy and its later pagan and Christian permutations in a curio box, available for a sterile analytical examination, but devoid of relevance to the nitty-gritty psychology of our daily life. It takes a lifetime of experience and expertise to reexamine the relationship between being and thinking in the most Cartesian of ways. Corrigan does just this with reason and passion.” —Svetla Slaveva-Griffin, Florida State University

“In this small volume, Corrigan shows convincingly that . . . Plato and his successors held that such experiences as love, pleasure, and desire are entirely compatible with divine transcendence, without which there can be no real immanence and no real love of individuals without the vertical dimension that makes this possible.” —John D. Turner, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“Kevin Corrigan, noted authority on both Plato himself and the later Platonist tradition, particularly Plotinus, has here produced a remarkable study of the role of love in both stages of that tradition.” —John Dillon, Trinity College Dublin

“In this multifaceted gem of a book, Corrigan expertly guides us to understand more deeply and anew the perennial themes of love and friendship both in Platonism and in our own lives. . . . This is a valuable book and a model of concision.” —Arthur Versluis, author of Platonic Mysticism

“[A]n arresting revisionist essay. . . . This book should be required reading for students of ancient philosophy and early Christian theology.” —John Peter Kenney, Saint Michael’s College

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Veritas Series: The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being

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The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being
On the Threshold between the Aesthetic and the Religious

By William Desmond

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This book gathers a set of reflections on the gift of beauty and the passion of being. There is something surprising about beauty that we receive and that moves the passion of being in us. The book takes issue with an ambiguous attitude to beauty among some who proclaim their advanced aesthetic authenticity. Beauty seems bland and lacks the more visceral thrill of the ugly, indeed the excremental. We crave what disrupts and provokes us, not what gives delight or even consoles. By contrast, attention is given to how beauty arouses enigmatic joy in us, and we enjoy an elemental rapport with it as other. Surprised by beauty, our breath is taken away, but we are more truly there with the beautiful when we are taken outside of ourselves. We are first receivers of the gift of surprise and only then perceivers and conceivers. My attention to the passion of being stresses a patience, a receptivity to what is other. What happens is not first our construction. There is something given, something awakening, something delighting, something energizing, something of invitation to transcendence. The theme is amplified in diverse reflections: on life and its transient beauty; on soul music and its relation to self; on the shine on things given in creation; on beauty and Schopenhauer’s dark origin; on creativity and the dynamis in Paul Weiss’s creative ventures; on redemption in Romanticism in the thought of Stanley Cavell; on theater as a between or metaxu; on redeeming laughter and its connection with the passion of being.

Blurbs:

“This is a radiant book, as beautiful as it is profound. Indeed—as Desmond consistently demonstrates in all his work, but here with a special power—the profoundest philosophical reflection must necessarily be the most beautiful.” —David Bentley Hart, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study

“In this profound and searching book, Desmond shows once again that he is a master at ‘dancing lightly in the service of thought’ (Kierkegaard). He does not hesitate to draw on everything that might lend itself—philosophy, poetry, drama, art, film, music, nature, and major and minor experiences of life—to make manifest the brilliant light of beauty, without for all that simply dispelling its mysterious darkness.” —D.C. Schindler, author of Love and the Postmodern Predicament: Rediscovering the Real in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth.

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Veritas Series: Embracing Our Finitude

Highlighting publications in the Veritas series from the last year:

Embracing Our Finitude:
Exercises in a Christian Anthropology between Dependence and Gratitude

By Stephan Kampowski

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Description:

Memento mori—remember death—this is how the medieval monks exhort us. Our life, given in birth and taken by death, is radically marked by finitude, which can be a source of great fear and anguish. Our finitude, however, does not in itself need to be something negative. It confronts us with the question of our life’s meaning and spurs us on to treasure our days. Our contingency, as evidenced in our birth and death, reminds us that we have not made ourselves and that there is nothing necessary about the marvelous fact that we exist. Particularly from a Judeo-Christian perspective, embracing our finitude will mean gratefully accepting life as a completely gratuitous gift and living one’s days informed by a sense of this gratitude.

Blurbs:

“Kampowski is a thinker of rare acuity. Indebted to Hannah Arendt, his work consistently instructs. Here we find wisdom on natality and gratitude, the faith community’s ‘common sense,’ human action as ordered to interpersonal communion, marriage, and cultural diversity, the marital bond and human promising, the danger of loving humanity rather than humans, the nature and claims of the kingdom of God, and more. Every student of human and Christian flourishing must read this book.” —Matthew Levering, Mundelein Seminary

Embracing our Finitude draws together themes in both classical and contemporary philosophy, including Continental and Anglophone philosophy, to present a positive account of human finitude. . . . This book should be read by every humanities student who is searching for something different from the sterile narcissism of our Western anti-culture. It is beautifully written, avoids academic jargon, and is accessible to anyone with an interest in truth, beauty, and goodness.” —Tracey Rowland, University of Notre Dame, Australia

“What does it mean to be born and to have to die? These brilliant essays in Christian anthropology outline the path of an authentic wisdom wherein the human person, consenting to his finitude, assumes with gratitude the gifts received and the relations of dependence which they involve. When the desire of individuals for absolute independence engenders a mortal loneliness and undoes communities, Kampowski opens the way for a firm, rational, and Christian hope.” —Serge-Thomas Bonino, General Secretary of the International Theological Commission

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Veritas Series: Love and the Postmodern Predicament:

Highlighting publications in the Veritas series from the last year:

Love and the Postmodern Predicament:
Rediscovering the Real in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth

By D. C. Schindler

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Description:

The computer has increasingly become the principal model for the mind, which means our most basic experience of “reality” is as mediated through a screen, or stored in a cloud. As a result, we are losing a sense of the concrete and imposing presence of the real, and the fundamental claim it makes on us, a claim that Iris Murdoch once described as the essence of love. In response to this postmodern predicament, the present book aims to draw on the classical philosophical tradition in order to articulate a robust philosophical anthropology, and a new appreciation of the importance of the “transcendental properties” of being: beauty, goodness, and truth.

The book begins with a reflection on the importance of metaphysics in our contemporary setting, and then presents the human person’s relation to the world under the signs of the transcendentals: beauty is the gracious invitation into reality, goodness is the self-gift of freedom in response to this invitation, and truth is the consummation of our relation to the real in knowledge. The book culminates in an argument for why love is ultimately a matter of being, and why metaphysical reason in indispensable in faith.

Blurbs:

“Philosopher D. C. Schindler defies the dragon of modernity, whose dominant thought patterns induce a life- and culture-threatening loss of reality and self. He offers life-giving proposals regarding love, being, and the transcendentals to restore us profoundly to the world and to ourselves as humans. Buy the book—you may divest yourself of others. Digest it, and revel in your already-involvement with a responsive reality—an involvement of intimate encounter and communion; a reality that is love, fraught with beauty, goodness, and truth.” —Esther Lightcap Meek, Geneva College

Love and the Postmodern Predicament is a treasure trove of philosophical riches. Schindler does not merely indicate the need to return to metaphysics to wrestle successfully with what he carefully and accurately describes as our postmodern predicament, but in fact leads us out of that predicament. His profound and original reflections on love, grounded in the transcendental properties of being, are a radical refashioning of traditional metaphysical principles.” —Jonathan J. Sanford, University of Dallas

“In this rewarding little text, Schindler accomplishes something too rare among works of philosophy: he accommodates a wide audience and yet deftly draws the reader into deep metaphysical waters, into a consideration of some of the most profound and perennial philosophical concerns. Throughout, the timeliness of his reflections on love, beauty, God, and the good remains in clear view. This is a highly recommended work by an author of capacious intellect and generous spirit.” —Lee M. Cole, Hillsdale College

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Veritas Series: The Social Philosophy of Gillian Rose

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The Social Philosophy of Gillian Rose
By Andrew Brower Latz

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Gillian Rose was one of the most important social philosophers of the twentieth century. This is the first book to present her social philosophy as a systematic whole. Based on new archive research and examining the full range of Rose’s sources, it explains her theory of modern society, her unique version of ideology critique, and her views on law and mutual recognition. Brower Latz relates Rose’s work to numerous debates in sociology and philosophy, such as the relation of theory to metatheory, emergence, and the relationship of sociology and philosophy. This book makes clear not only Rose’s difficult texts but the entire structure of her thought, making her complete social theory accessible for the first time.

Blurbs:

“This book succeeds in providing a highly lucid and hugely instructive introduction to the unique and distinctive work of Gillian Rose. Brower Latz rightly champions Rose as one of the most original and important intellectuals of the late twentieth century, and his appreciation will be of interest to those working in social theory, the philosophy of law, and continental social philosophy.” —Keith Ansell-Pearson, Professor of Philosophy, University of Warwick

“This book offers the most complete introduction to the unique thought of Gillian Rose . . . It rightly stresses Rose’s continuity with the Frankfurt school and her cleaving to the inescapability of political and historical exigencies in the face of idealistic delusions that can be covertly complicit with what they oppose . . . At the very least she urges us towards a necessary sifting and Brower Latz’s book will help to ensure that we still attend to her remarkable voice.” —John Milbank, Professor of Theology, Philosophy and Politics, University of Nottingham

“Gillian Rose has long been acknowledged as one of post-war Britain’s most original thinkers. In this excellent volume, Andrew Brower Latz meticulously explicates all of the many insightful lines of thought found across her complex writings. Though sometimes critical, he makes a persuasive and eloquent case for the ongoing significance of Rose’s contributions to social theory.” —Brian O’Connor, Professor of Philosophy, University College Dublin

“This is a book of exemplary clarity and comprehensiveness about one of the most important British thinkers of the last fifty years. Andrew Brower Latz traces Gillian Rose’s unusual intellectual evolution and patiently expounds her notoriously demanding prose to display a powerful, coherent and enormously timely social vision, much needed in a culture of growing political barbarism.” —Rowan Williams, Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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Veritas Series: Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher

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Maximus the Confessor as a European Philosopher
EDITED BY Sotiris Mitralexis, Georgios Steiris, Marcin Podbielski, Sebastian Lalla

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Description:

The study of Maximus the Confessor’s thought has flourished in recent years: international conferences, publications and articles, new critical editions and translations mark a torrent of interest in the work and influence of perhaps the most sublime of the Byzantine Church Fathers. It has been repeatedly stated that the Confessor’s thought is of eminently philosophical interest. However, no dedicated collective scholarly engagement with Maximus the Confessor as a philosopher has taken place—and this volume attempts to start such a discussion. Apart from Maximus’ relevance and importance for philosophy in general, a second question arises: should towering figures of Byzantine philosophy like Maximus the Confessor be included in an overview of the European history of philosophy, or rather excluded from it—as is the case today with most histories of European philosophy? Maximus’ philosophy challenges our understanding of what European philosophy is. In this volume, we begin to address these issues and examine numerous aspects of Maximus’ philosophy—thereby also stressing the interdisciplinary character of Maximian studies.

Contributors include:

Fr. Maximos Constas, Justin Shaun Coyle, Vladimir Cvetković, Natalie Depraz, Demetrios Harper, Michael Harrington, Georgi Kapriev, Karolina Kochańczyk-Bonińska, Nicholas Loudovikos, Andrew Louth, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, Michail Mantzanas, Smilen Markov, Sotiris Mitralexis, Marcin Podbielski, Dionysios Skliris, Georgios Steiris, Stoyan Tanev, Torstein Theodor Tollefsen, Jordan Daniel Wood

Blurbs:

“This groundbreaking volume correctly identifies an odious convention in the division of disciplines: while major thinkers such as Augustine or Aquinas self-evidently make their way into being part of philosophy’s legacy, equally major thinkers that are categorized as ‘religious’ are exiled to the hermetically sealed domain of theology, even if their contribution to classical philosophical problems is unique, pertinent, and most fecund. The book at hand delivers on its promise of reclaiming Maximus the Confessor for philosophy and of recognizing his oeuvre as a critical contribution to its history; as such, it is one of those endeavors that contribute to nothing less than a paradigm change.” —Grigory Benevich, The Russian Christian Academy for the Humanities

“This rich and diverse set of essays goes far in demonstrating not only the depth and nuance of Maximus the Confessor’s philosophical theology in its own context but its relevance to a wide array of contemporary theological concerns. They indicate very well why the study of Maximus has experienced a profound renaissance in the past several years, as this is a thinker whose stature matches the far more studied figures of Augustine and Aquinas. From metaphysics to theological anthropology, from apophaticism to ethics, this collection is a fine contribution to the expanding research on Maximus and will further generate interest in the Confessor among historical theologians, philosophers, and scholars from a wide variety of disciplines.” —Paul M. Blowers, Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan College

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Also by Sotiris Mitralexis:
Ever-Moving Repose: A Contemporary Reading of Maximus the Confessor’s Theory of Time

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Alison Milbank, God & the Gothic, available for pre-order

God & the Gothic

Religion, Romance and Reality in the English Literary Tradition

Alison Milbank

 

  • Offers an original reworking of Gothic fiction, which is usually read as a secularizing genre, as instead doing creative theological work
  • Takes the story right back to the Reformation, and locates tropes such as the usurper, fleeing heroine who uncovers mysteries, and the imprisoning castle to the Dissolution of the monasteries, the female martyrs, and the conflicted attitude to the Catholic past as tyranny to be escaped but also as something valuable lost
  • The Victorian period’s ghost stories are read as an intensification of a religious analysis, in the face of rampant materialism, itself the result of the loss of the sacramental and mediating spiritual practices in Protestantism
  • Later Gothic is concerned to re-enchant the material and reconnect natural and supernatural spheres

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Lecture: Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Ibn Taymiyya: Critiquing the Link

British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship Lecture

Al-Qaeda, ISIS and Ibn Taymiyya: Critiquing the Link
Dr Jon Hoover (University of Nottingham)

Presented by the University of Nottingham Department of Theology and Religious Studies and the Karimia Institute

6.30pm, Tuesday 16 October 2018
Keighton Auditorium, University Park Campus
University of Nottingham

Refreshments will be served from 6pm onwards. Registration is free.

Abstract
Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328) is the pre-modern Muslim scholar most frequently cited by jihadist movements like ISIS and al-Qaeda to justify their violence. Yet, Muslim scholars of different kinds argue that Ibn Taymiyya cannot be used to support such violence. This lecture will evaluate the arguments of both sides and show that jihadist readings of Ibn Taymiyya do not follow the pattern of his life and thought.

Biography
Dr Jon Hoover is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham. His areas of interest include Islamic intellectual history, the thought of Ibn Taymiyya and Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, and Christian-Muslim relations.

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BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking: What St Augustine teaches us

Anne McEvoy and guests explore ideas of tryanny, martyrdom, sin and grace. Historian Gillian Clark and theologian John Milbank discuss the legacy of Augustine of Hippo.

Find out more at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0000d42

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Sydney School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement 2019

Held over three days, the ADM’s School of Theology, Culture & Public Engagement is a unique, curated program of masterclasses delivered by leading scholars working at the intersection of theology, culture and public engagement.

The STCPE creates space in a busy city for Christians to immerse themselves in theological reflection on the ideas shaping our culture. We want artists and academics, bankers and baristas, carers and CEOs. We want Christians who are hungry to explore the ways the good news of Jesus illuminates our work, our loves and our culture.

Be challenged to pursue deeper theological engagement with areas such as literature, psychology, politics and the arts. Be inspired to develop practical skills for more imaginative public engagement.

The STCPE is open to both women and men of all ages. There are no prerequisites or assessments. Everyone is welcome. Participants pay a registration fee for the entire STCPE program and can choose from the masterclasses on offer.

This summer, come together with Christians from a variety of fields in a space of hospitality and intellectual warmth. Meet mentors, peers, collaborators, and friends.

Stretch yourself. Go deeper. Find your voice for public engagement. Make time to reflect on the ideas and cultivate the skills which will help you better engage the world with Jesus.

2019 SPEAKERS

ALISON MILBANK, Theology & literature: Re-enchanting the world
JOHN MILBANK, Political theology after liberalism
KATELYN BEATY, Publishing, editing & writing
BRIAN ROSNER, Known by God: Personal identity
KIRSTEN BIRKETT, Happiness
BILL SALIER, Theology of character formation
KATE HARRISON BRENNAN, Christianity & politics (Panel event)
JENNY BROWN, Maturity for leaders
ANDREW JUDD, Why we keep disagreeing on the Bible
LAURA RADEMAKER, Aboriginal history & Christian churches
CHRISTOPHER MAYES, Political theology & ethics of food
ADRIAN MILLS, Communicating with impact & creativity
LACHLAN BROWN, Creative writing
STEPHANIE JUDD, Communicating the gospel
KIRSTY BEILHARZ, Music, theology & palliative care
LOUISE GOSBELL, Embodiment & senses in the gospels
LUKE BARNES, The fine-tuning of the universe
CENTRE FOR PUBLIC CHRISTIANITY (CPX) masterclasses

About ADM: The vision of Anglican Deaconess Ministries is to see women from generation to generation flourishing in Kingdom work. Our mission is to raise up women with theological formation for practical and public engagement. The STCPE is inspired by ADM’s over-100-year-old commitment to theological formation that is deeply pastoral, practical and public.

About CPX: The Centre for Public Christianity is a not-for-profit media company that offers a Christian perspective on contemporary life. CPX seeks to promote the public understanding of the Christian faith by engaging mainstream media and the general public with high quality and well-researched print, video and audio material about the relevance of Christianity in the 21st century.

**2019 STCPE TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE SOON. Stay tuned!**

For more info on speakers and masterclass topics, visit the STCPE official website: https://deaconessministries.force.com/s/lt-event?id=a4E0K000000stBrUAI

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‘Excellent Women’ Lecture Series at Westminster Abbey

Jane Austen’s Afterlife: Art, Culture and Religion

The Reverend Dr Alison Grant Milbank

5th June 2018, 6.30 – 7.45 pm, in the Lady Chapel, Westminster Abbey

In this first lecture, the Reverend Dr Alison Grant Milbank, Associate Professor of Literature and Theology, University of Nottingham, discusses the work of Jane Austen (1775 – 1817).

To book (free): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/excellent-women-lecture-series-tickets-45678454487?aff=es2

 

 

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theForum@LSE: Death

Death

29 May | 6:30 pm8:00 pm

All welcome | Free to attend | First come, first served at the door

‘To philosophize is to learn to die’, writes Michel de Montaigne, in a lineage of death-preoccupied thinkers reaching back to Plato’s Socrates. Can philosophers fulfil such a lofty injunction? How might learning to die teach us how to live, or how to live-on while mourning another’s death? We bring together practitioners and thinkers to discuss how medicine, technology, art, and philosophy might make a good death possible.

Speakers
Conor Cunningham, Associate Professor in Theology and Philosophy, University of Nottingham
Laura Salisbury, Professor in Medicine and English Literature, University of Exeter
Louise Winter, Funeral Director, ‘Poetic Endings’; Founder and organizer, Life. Death. Whatever Festival

Chair
Danielle Sands, Fellow, the Forum; Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Culture, Royal Holloway, University of London

Quick accessibility map here. Full access information for the Old Building in general, and the Old Theatre in particular, available here.

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Call for Applications: Living Freedom 2018

Living Freedom 2018 – APPLY NOW

We are encouraging applications for Living Freedom, the residential school for 18-25 year olds organised by the Academy of Ideas. The school takes place at the CIEE Global Institute in central London on 5 – 7 April 2018. See http://www.academyofideas.org.uk/events/living_freedom_2018

Living Freedom provides a stimulating forum for around 40 young advocates of freedom to attend expert talks and participate in meaningful debates. As well as the chance to get to grips with the key thinkers and engage in a series of intellectual challenges the school provides a social forum, offering a chance to meet and socialise with peers from throughout the UK and beyond.

In particular, Living Freedom 2018 is an opportunity to explore contemporary conundrums around liberty and autonomy, using both the insights of ‘the best that is known and thought’ and the provocations of contemporary intellectuals, to get to grips with the complexities and contradictions of freedom in the twenty-first century. Freedom and tolerance are frequently asserted as fundamental values. In practice, however, aspects of freedom as they relate to different experiences or discrete groups are increasingly viewed as being in conflict. This has led many to question the virtues of an unconditional defence of tolerance or a no-holds-barred approach to the exercise of freedom. For example, if one culture or identity needs to be protected from appropriation by other groups, how does this effect universal notions or treating people equally? Or if an individual or group requires being shielded from potentially offensive remarks, then protecting the freedom of one depends on the denial of freedom to others. Such is the minefield of confusion around freedom today that what once were considered historic gains are now called into question: national sovereignty seems to conflict with rights to freedom of movement; sexual liberation with the right of women to be protected; the freedom not to be judged by gender or the colour of one’s skin with the demand for segregated safe spaces, whether on campus or public transport. Living Freedom aims to make the case for freedom today while providing plenty of opportunity for challenging discussion.

Lectures, panel debates and seminars include

What is freedom? . The classical conception of freedom . The Enlightenment and freedom: four short lectures on four classic texts . Stop Funding Hate: consumer boycott or censorship? . Freedom of conscience: religious freedom – a critical right or license to discriminate? . National sovereignty versus freedom of movement . Identity politics – finding ourselves or a threat to freedom? . Genetics, genomics and society – determinism versus free will . Generation snowflake – myth or reality? . The new gender wars . Decolonising the curriculum or racialising knowledge? . Silicon Valley: libertarian utopia or surveillance state? . Law & order vs liberty . What the papers say… . Is women’s liberation helped or hindered by #MeToo?

For a flavour of the event, please visit https://goo.gl/TN3Qgp where you can view the 2017 programme.

The school is open to all 18-25 year olds regardless of whether students or in employment. To apply simply submit a short (300 words) statement. Deadline for applications is Monday 5 March.

Email application via http://www.academyofideas.org.uk/events/living_freedom_2018

Attendees pay a nominal fee of £40 which includes provision of central London accommodation for two nights.

Should you have any queries please contact alastairdonald@academyofideas.org.uk or call on 020 7269 9233.

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

Recent Posts

A Saint for East and West: Maximus the Confessor’s Contribution to Eastern and Western Christian Theology
January 21, 2019
Our Common Cosmos: Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture and Space Sciences
January 18, 2019
Announcing New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference (Sep 2019)
January 15, 2019
New and forthcoming in the INTERVENTIONS series
January 5, 2019
John Milbank Lecture in Hong Kong 2019
December 27, 2018
A Revisionist Account of Natural Law and Natural Right (CLJ)
December 7, 2018
Veritas Series: Love, Friendship, Beauty, and the Good
December 5, 2018
Veritas Series: The Gift of Beauty and the Passion of Being
December 4, 2018
Veritas Series: Embracing Our Finitude
December 3, 2018
Veritas Series: Love and the Postmodern Predicament:
December 1, 2018

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