Conferences – CENTRE of THEOLOGY and PHILOSOPHY http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk '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) Fri, 05 May 2023 22:42:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.9 The Future of Christian Theology (Maynooth Conference) http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2023/05/05/the-future-of-christian-theology-maynooth-conference/ Fri, 05 May 2023 22:40:34 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=4146

St. Patrick’s Pontifical University is proud to host an international symposium which brings to Maynooth a talented group of Catholic, Orthodox, and Protestant theologians to present their latest research in Systematic Theology. This event is ideal for postgraduate and doctoral students in Systematic Theology seeking new research pathways and potential supervisors at the top of the field.

Conference fee reduced to €175 – Two and half day conference including all catering and conference dinner

If you require on site accommodation please contact https://www.maynoothcampus.com/

Postgraduate students please contact specialevents@spcm.ie for a reduced conference fee.

For tickets, see https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-future-of-systematic-theology-tickets-517426646027

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Conference: Pavel Florensky for the 21st Century http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2022/06/25/conference-pavel-florensky-for-the-21st-century/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 00:48:43 +0000 https://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=4031

Pavel Florensky for the 21st Century

14 – 16 September 2022, Cambridge

An on-site event taking place in Cambridge at Wesley House (14 and 16 September 2022) and Westcott House (15 September).

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Prof John Milbank (University of Nottingham)
  • Prof Andrew Louth (Durham University)
  • Prof Bruce Foltz (Eckerd College, FL)
  • Dr Avril Pyman (Durham University)
  • Dr Anke Niederbudde (Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich)
  • Dr Clemena Antonova (Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna)
  • Dr Alexei Nesteruk (University of Portsmouth)
  • Dr Christoph Schneider (IOCS)
  • Prof Paul Gavrilyuk (University of St Thomas, MN)

Conference organisers: IOCS with Prof Bruce Foltz (Eckerd College, FL).

Conference Abstract

The conference will explore the significance of Pavel A. Florensky’s work for both thought and life in the twenty-firstcentury. In 1904, at the age of twenty-two, he wrote that his aim was ”to establish a synthesis of ecclesiality (tserkovnost’) and worldly culture” and ”to honestly embrace all the positive teaching of the Church and the scientific-philosophical worldview together with the arts, etc.“ A decade later, in his early magnum opus, he begins by prescribing what he calls “living religious experience”—accessible through ascetic practice—as the “sole legitimate” path to retrieve the treasures of Christian knowledge. These statements by the young Florensky capture the main thrust of his intellectual oeuvre. His thought is characterized by a bold and extraordinary cross-fertilization among philosophy, mathematics, science, art, and a wide range of other disciplines that is rooted in a theological vision of the world.

Trained in mathematics and physics, Florensky employed the scientific and mathematical paradigm changes that occurred at the beginning of the twentieth century to articulate his integral Christian worldview and to set out his understanding of reality, knowledge, cult and human culture. Human existence, he believed, unfolds at the boundary of immanence and transcendence, and the one-sided, post-Kantian attempt to investigate the world sub specie finiti has ran its course with little to show for its efforts. Florensky, however, was convinced that both these revolutionary scientific discoveries and the direct experience of spiritual realities served to undermine the anti-metaphysical and positivist orientation that dominated the second half of the nineteenth century, paving the way for what he would later call a ‘concrete metaphysics’.

Much of his work remains under-researched, especially in the West where his writings are only beginning to be translated, and the conference seeks to help overcome this gap. The main aim will be to investigate the fruitfulness of his ideas for the task of thinking in the twenty-first century. Speakers are invited to analyse any aspect of Florensky’s work. For instance, how far can Florensky’s notion of “living religious experience” be grasped as a reinterpretation, or development, of the noetic illumination of Byzantine mysticism? To what extent does his understanding of “experience” resonate with the phenomenological reduction that originated in Western Europe at the beginning of the twentieth century? Can Florensky’s ‘concrete metaphysics’ be read as a metacritique of the post-metaphysical orientation that dominates—in the wake of Wittgenstein and Heidegger—contemporary philosophy? Are there affinities between Florensky’s “concrete metaphysics” and William Desmond’s metaxaology and his notion of the “intimate universal”? How valuable are Florensky’s theological reflections on sacrament and liturgy articulated in his lesser-known anthropodicy? How are we to (re)interpret Florensky’s work within the horizon of contemporary thought? And not least, to what extent does Florensky’s appeal to “immediate experience,” as purified through asceticism, help to “pass a damp sponge over the ancient writings” that the Church has treasured, unlocking the riches of patristic spirituality for contemporary life?


Online participation is also available, as the event will be broadcast via Zoom.

For more information and to enroll, please see the official conference website.

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Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with Prof. Cyril O’Regan http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2022/03/27/future-of-christian-thinking-conference-interview-with-prof-cyril-oregan/ Sun, 27 Mar 2022 17:04:19 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=4017

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

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Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with David Bentley Hart http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2022/03/14/future-of-christian-thinking-conference-interview-with-david-bentley-hart/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:13:41 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=4013

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

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Future of Christian Thinking conference: Interview with John Milbank http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2022/02/18/4007/ Fri, 18 Feb 2022 12:30:53 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=4007

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

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The Future of Christian Thinking (Maynooth Conference) http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2021/12/14/the-future-of-christian-thinking-maynooth-conference/ Tue, 14 Dec 2021 17:01:18 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3978 Today, perhaps more than ever before, Christian thought faces unprecedented challenges; ranging from a denial of metaphysics, to previously unforeseen ethico-moral questions arising from contemporary science and ever-advancing technologies, to a full-blown economizing of the political, to name just some of the most obvious.Couple this with the fact that amongst Christian thinkers there is no real consensus on the meaning, definition and end of Christian thinking and the future of Christian thinking looks hazy, unclear and tenuous.The theme of this conference seeks to think from out of these unprecedented challenges while, simultaneously, straining to look into a nebulous and unforeseen future.In order to do this, a vast array of many of the foremost thinkers engaged with Christian thought and beyond have been invited to speak on these issues.These thinkers are representative of many different schools, approaches and styles of Christian thought, across confessional divides.The vast array of thinkers invited is itself a testimony of the polyphonic vitality of Christian thought today and, together, the ever-pressing question of the future of Christian thinking will be pondered from within an intellectually polyphonic and ecumenical conversation and perspective.Speakers include:Rowan Williams, Eleonore Stump, DB Hart, Robert George, John Milbank, Cyril O’Regan, William Desmond, Thomas Joseph White, DC Schindler, Francesca Aran Murphy, Conor Cunningham, Judith Wolfe, Patrick Lee, Rudi te Velde, Therese-Anne Druart, Philipp Rosemann, Mette Lebech, Caitlin Smith Gilson, Gyula Klima, John Knasas, Philip John Paul Gonzales, Gaven Kerr https://pharmacieenlignefr.com/viagra-generique-en-ligne.htmlFind out more by clicking here or the image above.

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Conference: The Future of Christian Thinking http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2020/06/29/conference-the-future-of-christian-thinking/ Mon, 29 Jun 2020 16:24:03 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3838 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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Methexis Institute’s Inaugural Conference – Church & Academy: Deepening Our Dialogue http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2019/01/29/methexis-institutes-inaugural-conference-church-academy-deepening-our-dialogue/ Tue, 29 Jan 2019 19:02:51 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3661

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)
  • Michael Northcott (University of Edinburgh)

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

See the conference schedule here.

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