Uncategorized – 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) Tue, 17 Oct 2023 18:41:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.9 Our Common Cosmos: Exploring the Future of Theology, Human Culture, and the Space Sciences http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2023/10/17/our-common-cosmos-exploring-the-future-of-theology-human-culture-and-the-space-sciences/ Tue, 17 Oct 2023 18:41:42 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=4169

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, Zoe 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 LoschUniversity of Bern, Switzerland
4. Who’s Afraid of Reductionism’s Wolf? The Return of Scientia – Connor 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
Now available for pre-order: By Way of Obstacles, by Emanuel Falque http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2022/08/08/now-available-for-pre-order-by-way-of-obstacles-by-emanuel-falque/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 21:38:47 +0000 https://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=4055

Now available for pre-order from Cascade in the Veritas series: By Way of Obstacles: A Pathway through a Work, by Emmanuel Falque, translated by Sarah Horton, and with a foreword by Cyril O’Regan.

Pre-order here.


In By Way of Obstacles, Emmanuel Falque revisits the major themes of his work—finitude, the body, and the call for philosophers and theologians to “cross the Rubicon” by entering into dialogue—in light of objections that have been offered. In so doing, he offers a pathway through a work that will offer valuable insights both to newcomers to his thought and to those who are already familiar with it. For it is only after one has carved out one’s pathway that one may see more clearly where one has been and where one might be going.

Here readers will discover the profound relation between Falque’s emphasis on the human experience of the world and his desire for philosophy and Christian theology to enter into conversation. For only by speaking within the human horizon of finitude can Christianity be credible for human beings, and it is because Christian theology teaches that God entered into our finitude that it can also teach us something of what it is to be human. Contemporary phenomenology, Falque warns, over-privileges an encounter with the infinite that cannot be originary. Calling us back to finitude, he calls us to a deeper understanding of our humanity.

Praise for By Way of Obstacles:

“Complementing the earlier lovers’ quarrel with his mentors and French predecessors, in this new book, Emmanuel Falque responds instead to some of his contemporary critics. Writing ‘as an act of life,’ he forges for readers a pathway through his rich and extensive work, showing us ‘how things stand’ at the crossroads between phenomenology and theology.” —Christina M. Gschwandtner, Fordham University

“Emmanuel Falque gives us in By Way of Obstacles a way of negotiating his prolific work. Here, we see Falque being formed as a thinker by Miguel de Unamuno on the one hand, and by Mikhail Bulgakov and Nikolai Berdyaev on the other. Always, too, we find him meditating on the meaning of experience, the exposure to peril that marks all genuine philosophical and theological thought.” —Kevin Hart, The University of Virginia

“Anyone interested in French phenomenology and theology must read the work of Emmanuel Falque, and By Way of Obstacles is the place to begin. Summarizing and explicating Falque’s key questions, motivations, and innovations, By Way of Obstacles enables readers to come to grips with the dimensions of his project and his responses to aspects of critique. Sarah Horton’s translation remains faithful to Falque’s struggle while bringing its diverse resonances to light in English.” —Robyn Horner, Australian Catholic University

“With his characteristic intellectual bounty and passion, Falque demonstrates the generativity of the art of disputatio, shaping and sharpening his thought through debate and confrontation with a broad gathering of thinkers and methodologies—philosophical, theological, and psychoanalytic—across history. The resulting essay captures the dynamic vitality and orality of a raucous symposium; it bears witness to thinking in motion while also clarifying the ground from where Falque speaks.” —Tamsin Jones, Trinity College

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Upcoming Postgraduate Courses by Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2022/02/16/upcoming-postgraduate-courses-by-edith-stein-institute-of-philosophy/ Wed, 16 Feb 2022 23:13:39 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3998 Two courses organized by the Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy and certified by the Pontifical University of Salamanca:

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

Course descriptions:


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

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

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

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



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

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

Program Director: Prof. Dr. Beáta Tóth

Coordinator: Dr. phil. hab. Mátyás Szalay

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    Course taught by experts on the subject of international reputation
  • Personalized follow-up
    We offer theoretical training as well as personalized support with a tutor to answer questions and provide follow-up in the learning process.
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    Course organized by the Edith Stein Institute of Philosophy and certified by the Pontifical University of Salamanca, offering 5 ECTS credits
  • Online modality
    15 classes taught through google Meet that allows you to connect from wherever you are.
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Available now: Outside the Gates, by W. C. Hackett http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2022/01/05/available-now-outside-the-gates-by-w-c-hackett/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 21:30:44 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3986 Now available: Outside the Gates, by W. C. Hackett.

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

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

Praise for Outside the Gates:

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

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

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

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

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

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Religions special issue CFP: Literature and Eco-theology http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2020/11/03/religions-special-issue-cfp-literature-and-eco-theology/ Tue, 03 Nov 2020 17:25:59 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3898

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,

Deadline for manuscript submissions:
31 May 2021

Download the official CFP here [PDF].

Special Issue of Religions CFP: “Science, Theology and Metaphysics” http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2019/12/10/special-issue-of-religions-cfp-science-theology-and-metaphysics/ Tue, 10 Dec 2019 01:58:12 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3794

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


  • 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.

Call for papers: Borders and Boundaries in Ancient Israel http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2018/01/24/call-for-papers-borders-and-boundaries-in-ancient-israel/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 18:42:26 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3491 Borders and Boundaries in Ancient Israel

University of Nottingham
5th-6th June 2018

Abstracts are invited for a two-day interdisciplinary conference on the theme “Borders and Boundaries in Ancient Israel” to be held at the University of Nottingham, 5th-6th of June, 2018. Keynote addresses will be delivered by Prof. Christopher B. Hays (Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, Ca.), Prof. Mahri Leonard-Fleckman (Providence College, Rhode Island) and Prof. Shayna Sheinfeld (Centre College, Danville, Ky.).

Abstracts of 250 words for short papers (c. 20 minutes), are welcome from any field of study that addresses the conference theme, including, but not limited to, Theology, Archaeology, History, and the Social Sciences. The deadline for submission of abstracts is the 15th March 2018.

Submissions might include, but are not restricted to, the following topics:

  • Interaction between Israel and Judah, or Israel/Judah and the surrounding nations.
  • Inter/Intra-national movement of peoples, including migration, deportation and invasion.
  • Studies involving literal, ritual, or metaphorical borders/boundary markers.
  • The use of borders or boundaries in the construction of identity in the biblical texts.
  • Any aspect of the relationship between territory/land/space and identity in ancient Israel.

Abstracts should be sent to bordersandboundaries2018@gmail.com. Enquiries should be addressed to Cat Quine. A limited number of bursaries will be available for student presenters who would otherwise not be able to attend the conference. Application forms may be requested via email and bursaries will be awarded on the basis of need.

Download and distribute the flyer here.

Forthcoming Events at the Blackfriars Aquinas Institute 2017 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2017/02/21/forthcoming-events-at-the-blackfriars-aquinas-institute-2017/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:46:51 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3275 Aquinas Lecture, 2 March

Our annual Aquinas Lecture will be delivered at 5.00pm on Thursday 2 March, by Prof Candace Vogler of Chicago. She has announced the title, which is: “The Intellectual Animal”. There will be the usual short wine reception afterwards. You are all most welcome; if you plan to come it would be helpful, but not essential, to email me on richard.conrad@bfriars.ox.ac.uk

Aquinas Colloquium, 4 March

As already mentioned (I hope) one-day conference will be held on Saturday 4 March from 9.30am – 5.00pm, on the theme “Aquinas and Newman on Conscience”. Cost including lunch: £10 (£5 unwaged). To book a place email richard.conrad@bfriars.ox.ac.uk

Freedom of Conscience is a right widely promoted, and widely withheld. If, as Elizabeth Anscombe remarked, “a man’s conscience may tell him to do the vilest things,” how absolute are its rights? Do we need to clarify what conscience is, and how it follows from our creation in God’s image, if we are to state its duties, privileges and limitations, and cherish it without idolising it? This forms one strand of a joint research project of the Aquinas and Las Casas Institutes: Human Nature & Dignity: Resources for the 21st Century. The 2017 Colloquium launches this strand of research. By contrasting Aquinas and Newman we will sharpen the question what conscience is; bringing out common elements in the two theologians will promote precision on its rights, and on its responsibilities which Church and State must foster. A paper contrasting Aquinas and Calvin will illustrate the range of accounts Newman inherited.

Main Speakers:

  • Candace Vogler (David B. & Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy, Chicago) – Aquinas on Synderesis
  • Frederick Aquino (Professor of Theology, Abilene Christian University) – Newman on Conscience
  • Aaron Taylor (DPhil student, Oxford) – Aquinas and Calvin on Conscience

A Disputation on Conscience will be held between someone representing Newman, and a fictitious 19th -Century Dominican

Fee for the day, including lunch: £10 (£5 students/unwaged)

The Colloquium is made possible by a generous donation from Prof. Barbara R. Walters-Doehrman and Steven R. Doehrman, in memory of, and with gratitude to, the late Eugene Walters and the late Virginia and Ralph Doehrman, for which the Institute is very grateful.

Further information, & to register:

Richard Conrad, O.P., Blackfriars, St. Giles’, Oxford, OX1 3LY
01865 278444

Download the flyer for this event here.

Aquinas in China, 8 March

Dr William Carroll, one of our research fellows, will give an informal talk on “Thomas Aquinas in China” on Weds. 8 March at 8.00 p.m. Last November he lectured at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and spoke to a group of 800 students at Shanghai High School; he organised a workshop on the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas sponsored by the School of Philosophy of Wuhan University, which was attended by 25 official participants from 12 different Chinese universities. In previous years he has lectured in several different places in China. The talk will cover the growing Chinese interest in Aquinas and the traditions of Western philosophy.

For more information on forthcoming events, see here.

The Beacon Project http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2015/09/15/the-beacon-project/ Tue, 15 Sep 2015 20:30:37 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=3001 See below for information on The Beacon Project:

From Angela Knobel:

The “Beacon Project” is an interdisciplinary project funded by a 3.9 million dollar grant from the Templeton World Charity foundation.  Our project hypothesizes that that a full understanding of morality and virtue can be achieved only by examining the morally excellent.  As part of our project, we are offering a number of research grants to psychologists, philosophers and theologians.

Executive Summary

We believe that a full understanding of morality and virtue can be achieved only by examining the morally excellent, for example, those who risked their lives saving others during the Holocaust (Monroe, 2006), or members of the Amish community who demonstrated forgiveness following the slaughter of 10 Amish schoolgirls in 2006 (Dreher, 2006). Just as much attention has been paid to how geniuses and high-performing businesses function and thrive, the morally exceptional represent a form of “genius” that deserves such attention.


  • Researchers and scholars in three disciplines.

  • The Wake Forest interdisciplinary and student communities.

  • Individuals wishing to cultivate their own morality.

  • Parents and educators wishing to cultivate children’s morality.

We believe:

This project is the seed needed to realize a long-term, broadly rooted dedication to the study of the morally exceptional.

For more information, including details on the project team, forthcoming events and conferences, as well as various Request for Proposals in the areas of Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology, please see The Beacon Project Website.

]]> Dr. John Hughes http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2014/07/21/in-memoriam-rev-dr-john-hughes/ Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:58:38 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=2688 Recent statistics indicate that over 3.5 million people is the UK use e-cigarettes or vapes. This is an increase of 500% since 2012. The use of vapes and e-cigarettes are cheaper than traditional cigarettes and vaping is widely considered to be significantly less harmful than smoking cigarettes. Over the past 5 years, CBD has also exponentially grown in popularity with the use of CBD oil and CBD vapes dramatically rising.

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Book Discussion: Ordering Love http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2014/01/25/book-discussion-ordering-love/ http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2014/01/25/book-discussion-ordering-love/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 06:32:52 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=2493 Pontifical John Paul II Institute
For Studies on Marriage and Family at the Catholic University of America

January 24, 2014

You are cordially invited to a book discussion of David L. Schindler’s most recent publication, Ordering Love: Liberal Societies and the Memory of God, on Monday, February 10, at 4 p.m., in Keane Auditorium (McGivney Hall).  Joining Dr. Schindler in the discussion and debate will be political philosopher Patrick Deneen and theologian Peter Casarella, both of the University of Notre Dame.

The discussion will be followed by a reception.

McGivney Hall
620 Michigan Ave. NE
Washington, D.C. 20064

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Conor Cunningham lectures on ‘Darwin’s Pious Idea’ at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science & Religion http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2011/12/05/conor-cunningham-lectures-on-darwins-pious-idea-at-the-ian-ramsey-centre-for-science-religion/ Mon, 05 Dec 2011 19:28:14 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=1722 Conor Cunningham delivered a lecture on ‘Darwin’s Pious Idea’ at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion in November. The lecture was recorded and may be viewed here: Link. [Note: You will need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player to watch this webcast.]

The Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion conducts research into religious beliefs and theological concepts in relation to the sciences. The Centre is a part of the Theology Faculty at the University of Oxford.

Citizen Ethics in a Time of Crisis http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2010/03/01/citizen-ethics-in-a-time-of-crisis/ Mon, 01 Mar 2010 08:33:39 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=708 Amongst many others, John Milbank and Rowan Williams appear as contributors in Citizen Ethics in a Time of Crisis. Please click here to read the full text.

Biannual CoTP Conference: What is Life? conference in Kraków http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2010/02/02/semi-annual-cotp-conference-what-is-life-conference-in-krakow/ Tue, 02 Feb 2010 17:14:54 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=525

This year, the Centre of Theology and Philosophy, in partership with JPII University and the Copericus Foundaton, will be hosting its fourth biannual conference in Kraków, Poland, and it is entitled:

‘What is Life? Theology, Science, and Philosophy’

Dates to be announced, and Call for Papers forthcoming…

Department of Theology and Religious Studies Seminar Schedule http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/2010/01/28/department-of-theology-and-religious-studies-seminar-schedule/ Thu, 28 Jan 2010 12:38:07 +0000 http://theologyphilosophycentre.co.uk/?p=644

University of Nottingham
Department of Theology and Religious Studies Seminar Programme 2009-10


Refreshments will be available from 3.30pm
All attending are invited to join us for drinks in the University Staff Club afterwards

3 February 2010
Professor Mark MacIntosh (Durham University)
The Opening Mind: The theology of faith and the God who is Truth in Newman’s University Sermons
Venue: Law and Social Science Seminar Room A3

17 February 2010
Dr Ben Fulford (St Johns College Nottingham)
The Defeat of the Trinity? Theology and economy in Gregory of Nazianzus
Venue: Law and Social Science Seminar Room B1

10 March 2010
Professor David Thomas (University of Birmingham)
Christian voices in Muslim theology
Venue: Staff Club Lounge

17 March 2010
Jeff Biebighauser (University of Nottingham research student)
Title tbc
Venue: Staff Club Lounge

24 March 2010
Anthony Paul Smith (University of Nottingham research student)
What can be done with religion?: Non-Philosophy and the Future of Philosophy of Religion
Venue: Staff Club Conference Suite

12 May 2010
Professor J. Cheryl Exum (The University of Sheffield)
The Many Facets of Samson
Venue: Staff Club Conference Suite

19 May 2010
Dr John Coffey (University of Leicester)
‘Let my People Go!’ Early Modern Liberation from John Milton to Frederick Douglas
Venue: Staff Club Lounge

26 May 2010
Professor David Clines (University of Sheffield)
One or Two Things You May Not Know about the Universe:
The Cosmology of the Divine Speeches in Job
Venue: Staff Club Lounge