This lecture addresses several recent archaeological discoveries about early hominins, discoveries that help us think theologically about their probable inner mental world.
Jens Zimmermann has been awarded a British Academy Visiting Fellowship and will be conducting research in the faculty of theology and religion at Oxford University, Christ Church College, in collaboration with Graham Ward, from August 1, 2018 to February 1, 2019. Over the course of this project, Zimmermann intends to sketch the historical development and substantive contours of a theological conception of personhood and bring this description of ‘who we are’ to bear on pressing technological and social issues.
In this lecture, Robert Doede undertakes a multi-dimensional examination of the Neo-Gnostic impulse, which he describes as the progressive immaterialization (and denigration) of matter and the material world, and which has naturally culminated in the thought of many transhumanists today.
In this interview at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Father John Behr discusses the implications of a theology of joy for our living today. Indeed, joy, for Behr, is ultimately joy of life, the joy of being alive, a comprehensive intellectual, physical, psychical, and spiritual mode of being. As such, joy is much more than a matter of acquisition; it requires a work of cultivation.
In these two short conversations, Celia Deane-Drummond takes up the question of life: of our living now and our living to come. Concepts that pose mysteries to traditional science are for Deane-Drummond fruitful ground for inquiry, meeting places for faith, reason, and observation.
With a background in the applied health sciences and as a theologian in bioethics and the medical humanities, Dr. Ashley John Moyse approaches the topic of his lecture, the art of living for the technological age, from the perspective of our incarnated human being. For Moyse, it is vital that we approach our being as more than dead flesh waiting to be animated, but as soul spoken in bodily form.