theology matters, vol. 4, no. 1

 

The theology department is pleased to release the
fall 2017 edition (vol. 4, no. 1) of THEOLOGY MATTERS.


 

FROM THE CHAIR

A Moral Compass
by Bernard Brady

In this issue of theology matters, using the analogy of a compass, department chair Bernard Brady invites the campus to keep "the red in the shed" by rejecting false anthropologies that elevate some human beings above others.

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DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES NEW MINORS AND SCHOLARSHIP


The Theology Department has added four new minors in theology.
In addition to our general minor, students can choose to minor in:

Biblical Studies
Faithful Citizenship and the Common Good
Interreligious Studies and Comparative Theology

Additionally, the department is running a pilot program in interfaith leadership:
THEO 468: Student Interfaith Leaders Scholarship.

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THEOLOGY FACULTY MEMBER RECEIVES FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIP


Professor Ted Ulrich is the receipt of a Fulbright Fellowship in India.
Amy Levad, Gerald Schlabach, Angela Senander, and Carissa Wyant are also recipients of grants.

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NEW FRONTIERS IN THEOLOGICAL RESEARCH

Crucifying Beauty:
God, Torture, and the Cross

Kimberly Vrudny

 Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, associate professor of systematic theology,
will give the New Frontiers in Theological Research lecture.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 p.m.
Anderson Student Center - Woulfe Alumni Hall - North

Have Christians entered evil and violence into the heart of God by suggesting that God wills Jesus to experience a torturous death in order to redeem humankind? In this lecture, Kimberly Vrudny will propose a restorative model of atonement that takes seriously the political history of what happened to Jesus on the night he was betrayed, and that upholds faith in God’s redemptive activity in the world.

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ANNE KING RETIRES AFTER SERVING IN THE DEPARTMENT FOR 32 YEARS


Interview with Anne King
by Philip Rolnick

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DEPARTMENT HOSTS SUMMER CONFERENCE

Over the summer, the Theology Department hosted an international ecumenical conference titled “Rethinking the Resources of the Christian Theological Tradition: Retrieval, Renewal, Reunion?" In attendance were internationally renowned theologians and philosophers William Abraham, Hans Boersma, Sarah Coakley, Richard Cross, Matthew Levering, and Cyril O’Regan. Conference organizer Paul Gavrilyuk describes the gathering, and Mark McInroy interviews St. Thomas faculty who were present.

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COLLOQUIA
Every semester, the Department hosts a colloquium to discuss a recent publication by a UST theologian or philosopher.
This fall, we'll meet to discuss a book by philosophy professor, Michael Rota.

October 2, 2017

3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room)

Michael Rota
Taking Pascal's Wager: Faith, Evidence, and the Abundant Life
with Billy Junker responding

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THEOLOGY NIGHT LIVE
The Department announces its fall line-up:


20 September 2017
Ry Siggelkow
"Toppling White Supremacy: Black Theology—Past and Present"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

 
11 October 2017
Steven McMichael
"The Legacy of Mary Magdalene: Why is She Important in the Christian Tradition?"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

25 October 2017
Marguerite Spencer
"Does God Care About White Privilege?: A Theological Perspective"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

8 November 2017
Kimberly Vrudny
"Is God Black?"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

 
6 December 2017
Hans Gustafson
"Experiencing Religious Diversity Through Interreligious Encounter"
 LIB 108 (the Leather Room), from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.

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SPEAKERS BUREAU

Our theologians are often speaking on areas of expertise out in the wider community.
Check out the fall line-up.

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REVIEW

Biblical scholar David Penchansky reviews the HBO series, The Young Pope.


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