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A number of new articles and talks have recently been published online:

‘The Eschatological Turn in German Philosophy’Modern Theology 35, no 1 (January 2019),  https://doi.org/10.1111/moth.12460

‘The Philosophy of Hope’, panel discussion with Melvyn Bragg (host), Beatrice Han-Pile, and Robert Stern, on In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00017vl

‘Religious Aspects of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks’, podcast of a lecture given in Lund, Sweden, as part of a colloquium entitled Heidegger and Theology – After the Black Notebookshttps://religionochteologi.podbean.com/e/judith-wolfe-religious-aspects-of-the-black-notebooks/

‘Martin Heidegger and Catholicism: The Unexpected Enemy in the Black Notebooks’, a brief piece for The Tablet, now re-posted on The Roundel, the blog of Systematic & Historical Theology at St Andrews.

The author-accepted manuscript of another article, entitled ‘The End of Images: Towards a Phenomenology of Eschatological Expectation’, to be published in 2019 in a book entitled Image as Theology, will be available shortly in the University of St Andrews’ research repository, PURE.

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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Author Interview on Heidegger & Theology

Heidegger and Theology by Judith Wolfe


T&T Clark
What particular areas or themes of Theology interest you and why?

JW: I’m particularly interested in the ways theology opens for thinking about what the world is like, and what it is to be human. ‘If we claim this or that about God, what does that mean for our understanding of a good life, or free will, or our relationship to nature?’ And conversely, ‘if we pay close attention to human experience, what can it teach us about the possibility of knowing God?’ Theology in this sense cannot be strictly separated from what philosophers or literary scholars do; rather, it’s a way of pursuing the same questions with the freedom and the scholarly tools to take seriously the role that the question of God plays in those pursuits.

T&T: How would you describe your book in one sentence?

JW: What it says on the package: it aims to give readers a thorough understanding, based on the latest research, of Heidegger’s relationship to theology – in his life, in his thought & writings, and in the theological reception of his work.

T&T: When did you start researching for this book?

JW: I’ve been reading Heidegger and his theological friends and enemies for a long time, but began research for this book in earnest during a two-year visiting fellowship in Berlin from 2009 to 2011. The libraries of Humboldt University and the state collections, as well as the archives of Freiburg University, have wonderful resources which have never been used by English-speaking scholars, including Heidegger’s various correspondences and the Minutes of his faculty board meetings during the 1930’s and 40’s.

T&T: Which part of writing this book have you enjoyed most?

JW: One of the great things about working on Heidegger is that it involves both serious philosophical and theological questions and real biographical problems (such as the details of his ‘conversion’ from Roman Catholicism to Protestantism, or his relationship to Nazism). I love both detective work in archives and very abstract thought, so perhaps the most fun thing about writing this book was the chance to see what light they throw on each other.

T&T: Any tips for people reading the book?

JW: Having a big glass of gin and tonic to hand?
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Heidegger’s Black Notebooks: Caught between Hitler and Romanticism

Heidegger desk…Bultmann’s sympathetic response may seem shocking; but in reality, it merely shows how unspecific the National Socialist programme still was in the early Thirties. To Heidegger, as to many other intellectuals at the time, it seemed less an innovation than a return to the great nationalist tradition of the 19th century…

Read the full article on Heidegger’s Black Notebooks in Standpoint Magazine.

C.S. Lewis in Standpoint Magazine

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When Lewis accepted theism and later Christianity, it was not so much because God was a foolproof answer to the problem of evil, as because He alone made it possible for us to experience evil as evil: to ask the sort of questions and feel the sorts of desire and indignation that define our human experience.

Click here to read the full article on C.S. Lewis in Standpoint magazine.