Category Archives: Events

Talks online

At DITA10, the 10th-anniversary celebration of Duke’s Initiatives in Theology and the Arts (September 2019), Malcolm Guite and I gave a joint plenary talk on Creation and New Creation in J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis.

The talk is now available to listen to at the DITA10 website.

I’ve also done some interviews on theology and the arts with Closer to Truth, which are available on their YouTube channel.

 

Reading R.M. Rilke & T.S. Eliot Theologically and Philosophically

In March 2019, Thomas Pfau (Duke) and I convened a four-day colloquium gathering a small group of theologians, philosophers, literary scholars and poets to read R.M. Rilke’s Duino Elegies and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets together and discuss their theological and philosophical dimensions.

 

Left to right: Kevin Hart (Virginia), David Wellbery (Chicago), Malcolm Guite (Cambridge), Judith Wolfe (St Andrews), Rowan Williams (Cambridge), Thomas Pfau (Duke). Not pictured: Christoph Schwöbel (St Andrews), Gavin Hopps (St Andrews)

 

Theology & Arts Initiatives

In September, St Vladimir’s Seminary (New York) hosted an unscripted workshop of a dozen scholars to think through the possibilities for a Sacred Arts Initiative within the Orthodox Church. Participants included composer Ivan Moody, iconographer George Kordis, Helen Evans (Curator of Byzantine Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art), as well as scholars in literature (Mary Carruthers), art history (Annemarie Weyl Carr, Vasileios Marinis), music (Margot Fassler, Peter Jefferey), philosophy (Gordon Graham) and theology (Peter Bouteneff and Richard Schneider, organizers; me). The workshop concluded with a public panel entitled ‘Rethinking Sacred Arts’.

A report about the workshop, and links to a podcast of the public panel and to a photo gallery, can be found on the Orthodox Church in America website.
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Earlier this summer, I was in London for the first of two colloquia on Image as Theology organized by Casey Strine (Sheffield),Alexis Torrance (Notre Dame), and Mark McInroy (St Thomas), and bringing together Biblical scholars and theologians around questions of images functioning as theology.

At home in the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts, we are starting our own ‘theological art’ initiative, TheoArtistry, spearheaded by my colleague George Corbett and involving our part-time professor Sir James MacMillan, which aims to bring together practising artists and our theologians to create, perform and curate new art. More information is available here.

 

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Colloquium: “The Doctrine of God – Conversations with Paul S. Fiddes”

On Saturday, 16 April 2016, the School of Divinity at St Andrews is hosting a one-day colloquium on the Doctrine of God in conversation with Paul Fiddes.

In conversation with Paul Fiddes, we will discuss pre-circulated papers by

Steve Holmes (St Andrews)
Ian McFarland (Cambridge)
Andrew Moore (Oxford)
John Webster (St Andrews)
Judith Wolfe (St Andrews)

If you would like to participate, please email me (my address can be found on the staff page linked to in the right-hand menu).

Full information is available at the School website.

Reading Group on C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man

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From April to June, John Perry and I are convening a reading group on C.S. Lewis’s The Abolition of Man for graduates and faculty in theology, philosophy and literature at the University of St Andrews.

We will meet once per week, and read through the book critically, drawing in parallel or supplementary sources such as Charles Taylor, Alasdair MacIntyre, Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein as appropriate.

After last year’s reading group on Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Truth and Method, this is the second series of Readings in Modern Theology & Philosophy. Next year, I hope to read Edith Stein or Gillian Rose.