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Seminar Series in Michaelmas Term 2014

Modern Theology Seminar

Mondays at 4.00pm–5.30pm

Gibson Building, Seminar Room 1

Convenors: Joel Rasmussen and Johannes Zachhuber


The seminars include presentations on a variety of topics from graduate students, Oxford faculty members, and visiting speakers. All graduate students working in the area of modern theology are strongly encouraged to attend, and senior members of the Faculty are very welcome.

Week 1 Oct 13th Susannah Ticciati (King’s College London): The Scriptural Logic of Barmen and the Jewish Question
Week 2 Oct 20th Geoff Dargan (Regent's Park College): Kierkegaard on the Relation between Freedom and Possibility
Week 3 Oct 27th Simeon Zahl (St John’s College): Towards a Theology of the Holy Spirit and Christian Experience
Week 4 Nov 3rd Alexandria Eikelboom (Regent’s Park College): Rhythm as a Theological Category
Week 5 Nov 10th Simon Oliver (University of Nottingham): Creation and Teleology in Aristotle and Aquinas
Week 6 Nov 17th Agata Bielik-Robson (University of Nottingham): Jewish Cryptotheologies of Late Modernity: Philosophical Marranos
Week 7 Nov 24th Werner Jeanrond (St Benet’s Hall): Hope, Hopes, and Radical Hope in Christian Thought
Week 8 Dec 1st Donovan Schaeffer (Trinity College): How Does it Feel to Be an Atheist? Religion, Secularism, and Affect


You may also download the programme here.

Seminar Series in Trinity Term 2014

Modern Doctrine Seminar (God and Comedy)

Mondays at 4.00pm–5.30pm

Christ Church Lecture Room 1

Convenors: Graham Ward & Simeon Zahl


Week 1 Apr. 28th Mark Watson (a stand-up comedian)
Week 2 May 5th Seminar on Ugly Feelings led by Professor Graham Ward
Week 3 May 12th Title tba, Prof. Ben Quash
Week 4 May 19th “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine”: humour, religion and wellbeing, Dr. Joanna Collicutt
Week 5 May 26th Bank Holiday - no seminar
Week 6 June 2nd "Unconscious Christianity in Bonhoeffer's Tegel Fragments". Ellie McLaughlin
Week 7 June 9th Professor Hans Boersma (tba)
Week 8 Wednesday (!) June 18th Barbeque in Professor Ward’s Garden at 5.30pm


You may also download the programme here.

Seminar Series in Hilary Term 2014

Modern Doctrine Seminar (with Christian Ethics)

Mondays at 4.00pm–5.30pm

NEW Venue: Colin Matthews Room, Radcliffe Humanities

Convenors: Graham Ward, Nigel Biggar, Joshua Hordern, Simeon Zahl


* Week one Jan. 20th – Loyalty and obligation in Christian and Islamic political thought.
Dr Joshua Hordern (Harris Manchester)

Week two Jan. 27th – Text Session - Selections from Bernard and Melanchthon.

* Week three Feb.3rd – What to feel about war.
Dr Tom Simpson (Wadham)

Week four Feb.10th – Text Session – Selections from Ugly Feelings by Sianne Ngai.

* Week five Feb.17th - The History and the Mystery: enthusiasm and experience in the English Revolution.
Dr Sarah Apetrei (Keble)

Week six Feb.24th – Thomas Merton and Mystical Writing.
Mr Philip Seal (Balliol)

* Week seven Mar.3rd – Reactive attitudes and criminal punishment: The case of unsuccessful attempts.
Dr Erasmus Mayr (Queen’s)

Week eight Mar.10th – Fear and Sanctification.
Professor Graham Ward (Christ Church)


* Joint seminars with Christian Ethics.

Seminars supported by the Affections and Ethics Network and sponsored by TORCH – The Oxford Research Network for the Humanities. All welcome.

Please note the new venue. You may also download the programme here.

Seminar Series in Michaelmas Term 2013

Modern Doctrine Seminar

Mondays at 4.00pm–5.30pm

Venue: Lecture Room One, Christ Church

Convenor: Graham Ward


Week one Oct.14th – The Myth of Secularism.
Prof. Graham Ward

Week two Oct. 21st – The Politics of Interpretation: The Reception of Paul's "New Moment".
Simon Lloyd Cuff

Week three Oct.28th – 'Truth and Truthfulness in Kant's Religion'.
Pamela Sue Anderson

Week four Nov.4th – From Misery to Happiness Today: Rethinking Salvation in a Feelgood Age.
Professor Clive Marsh

Week five Nov.11th - Eric Gill on Clothes as Architecture.
Bryan McCarthy

Week six Nov.18th – ”In light of recent world events, please be extra vigilant”: Being attentive to World Christianity.
Dr. Cathy Ross

Week seven Nov.25th – Sensible Religion.
Revd. Dr. Christopher Lewis

Week eight Dec. 2nd – The Sacrament of Public Life: On Divine Promise and Politics.
Dr. Stephan van Erp


You may also download the programme here.

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