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Theology, State Building, and Professional Identities: Another Look at Confessionalization in Early Modern Europe
Friday, 27 February 2015, 17.00-18.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Theology & Religion Faculty Centre, Gibson Building

Speaker: Professor Paul Shore, University of Regina, Saskatchewan & Senior Visiting Research Associate in the Modern European History Research Centre in the Faculty of History

The role of theology in the formation of confessional states derives in part from the subjective perceptions of political leaders: how these leaders understood the function of formal religious thinking during the period of the creation of modern European states. Social forces driven by religious experience, emotion, and reason often became more powerful than many of the temporal or ecclesiastical rulers who sought to control them. Confessional identities extending across the borders of these states are another important aspect of this story. The evolution of the state in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and the development of national languages both influenced the dissemination of theological concepts, while these concepts themselves became reference points in the shaping of such states. Yet the process by which nation states formed around theological constructs evolved into entities largely indifferent to religious experience suggests how fragile these formerly deeply held beliefs actually were.

A public lecture hosted by The Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought.

You may download a poster here.

Why Read F. C. Baur Today? A Conversation with Peter C. Hodgson
Friday, 13 March 2015, 2.30-4.00pm
Pusey Room, Keble College

Professor Hodgson will present a paper, followed by formal responses from two members of Oxford’s Faculty of Theology and Religion and general discussion and informal conversation over tea.

Peter C. Hodgson is the Charles G. Finney Professor of Theology, Emeritus, at Vanderbilt University. A leading translator of G. W. F. Hegel, he has also published extensively on F. C. Baur, including his book The Formation of Historical Theology: A Study of Ferdinand Christian Baur (1966); and the translated volumes, Ferdinand Christian Baur on the Writing of Church History (1968); and, with Robert Brown, Baur’s History of Christian Dogma (2014), and Lectures on New Testament Theology (forthcoming).

A joint session hosted by the New Testament Seminar, the Modern Doctrine Seminar, and the Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought.

You may download a poster here.

Please address any questions to David Lincicum (david.lincicum@theology.ox.ac.uk)

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