The UChicago Theology Workshop

You are cordially invited to the next meeting of the Theology and Religious Ethics workshop on Tuesday, March 3, noon – 1:20 pm at Swift 200.

Dilara Uskup will present her paper entitled  Blue Bible, Red Bible: Sin or Right? Examining the Impact of Theology on Morality Based Opinions Among Faith Centered African Americans.  Marcella Wilkinson will respond.
This paper puts forth a multidimensional “measure of theology” (vs. traditional “religiosity”) as an alternative measure of examining religious influence on political behavior and public opinion of faith-centered African Americans. The measure of theology was used in research involving faith-centered African Americans to determine the extent to which their political orientation influences issues of morality, and what it says for support or opposition of same-sex marriage.

Lunch will be served.

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You are invited to our special meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 12:00 – 1:20 pm (room TBD). Prof. Barbara Vinken from the University of Munich will share about her work as part of the Neubauer Collegium research workshop.  Lunch will be served.

You are invited to our next meeting co-sponsored with the Global Christianities workshop on Thursday, February 5th, 12:00pm-1:20pm in Swift 200.

Raúl Zegarra (Ph.D. student in Theology) will present a paper entitled, “Interpreting Pope Francis: David Tracy, Ignacio Ellacuría, and the Method of Critical Correlation.”

Lunch will be provided.

Abstract: This paper aims to provide a theological hermeneutics of Pope Francis’ papacy, putting the emphasis on his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium. In order to do so I will try to reconstruct what in my view is the hidden method operating in the document, namely, what we may call a “Latin American method of critical correlation.” I claim that Francis’ text is a representative of what David Tracy calls in his foundational Blessed Rage for Order a “method of critical correlation,” but I also maintain that such a method is somehow qualified and expanded by Francis while using something very much like Ellacuría’s understanding of the “Latin American method,” i. e., the method of liberation theology. The goal of the paper is to suggest that the best way to read Francis’ papacy and first important magisterial document, then, is by means of a combination of Tracy’s and Ellacuría’s methodological proposals.

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Please join us on Friday, January 30, noon- 1:30 pm in the Common Room.

Néstor Medina is Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Regent University, School of Divinity, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. His research focuses on multiple points of intersection between culture, theological knowledge and religious practices among Latinas/os in the US, Canada, and Latin America. Professor Medina is the author of Mestizaje: Remapping Race, Culture, and Faith in Latina/o Catholicism (Orbis 2009) and co-editor of Theology and the Crisis of Engagement: Essays on the Relationship between Theology and the Social Sciences (Pickwick, 2013). He is currently at work on two monographs: “Humanity, Culture and the Spirit,” and a second on Latina/o theological method. Professor Medina received his PhD in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto.

The title of his lecture Thursday, January 29 at 4:30 is: The Construction of Mestizaje in Colonial Latin America: A Partial Story.

The title of his presentation in the Theology and Religious Ethics workshop Friday, January 30 at noon is: “U.S. Latina/o Theology: Challenges, Possibilities and Future Prospects.”

The workshop paper is attached. Medina workshop paper Jan 30 2015

Please join us on Tuesday, January 27, noon – 1:30 pm in the Common Room.

Nichole M. Flores is Instructor of Theology at St. Anselm College, Manchester, New Hampshire.   Ms. Flores’ research focuses on the interface between contemporary contextual theologies (rooted especially in U.S. Latino/a theology), political theologies, and Catholic theological ethics with broader political-philosophic traditions of discourse on justice, emotion, and aesthetics. She is a doctoral candidate at Boston College in theological ethics, completing a dissertation entitled “Guadalupe in the Public Square: Theological Aesthetics and the Pursuit of Justice in Liberal Society.”

The title of her lecture Monday, January 26 at 4:30 is: “Beyond Consumptive Solidarity: An Aesthetic Response to Modern Day Slavery”

The title of her presentation in the Theology and Religious Ethics workshop Tuesday, January 27 at noon is: “The Personal is Political: Toward a Vision of Justice in Latina Theology”

 

A special meeting of the Theology and Religious Ethics workshop with Dr. Robin Lovin on Monday, January 12, 4:00 – 5:30 pm, in the Common Room. Dr. Lovin will lead a discussion entitled Theology and Ethics in Interdisciplinary Contexts.

Robin Lovin is currently the director of research at the Center of Theological Inquiry (CTI), a leading interdisciplinary research center in Princeton, NJ. He is also the Cary Maguire University Professor of Ethics emeritus at Southern Methodist University. He served as Dean of Perkins School of Theology from 1994-2002, and Dean of the Theological School of Drew University from 1991-94. Before that, he spent thirteen years as a faculty member here at the University of Chicago. Prof. Lovin is a former president of The Society of Christian Ethics, a member of the editorial advisory board of Studies in Christian Ethics, and an editor-at-large for the Christian Century.

No advance preparation is expected. Wine, cheese and refreshments will be served.

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You are invited to our last meeting of the fall quarter next Tuesday, December 9, 12:00 – 1:20 pm in Swift 208 , co-sponsored with the Philosophy of Religions workshop.

Evan Kuehn (a Ph.D. candidate in Theology) will present his paper entitledFrom Postulates of Reason to Doctrines of the Faith: on Doing Theology after Kant.” Russell Johnson, a Ph.D. student in Philosophy of Religions, will respond.
Lunch will be served.

The abstract is below:

This paper will attempt to lay out some theses for the task of doing theology after Kant and in the spirit of his philosophical work. In particular, I am interested in the problem that faces any would-be Kantian theologian of how to offer a theological account of things like God, or the immortality of the soul, or human freedom. Kant sees these sorts of ideas as necessary postulates of reason which can, however, never become objects of knowledge for us. Yet in many cases, theologians do not consider ideas like these from such an epistemological remove. Ideas which according to Kant are merely regulatory for theoretical knowledge and at most objects of faith are, for theological inquiry, often treated as objects of knowledge. Can theology engage these objects (systematically, critically, and theoretically) as objects of theological knowledge without thereby abandoning the original Kantian framework of human knowledge limited to the categories of understanding? And what resources are available within Kant’s Critiques for dealing with these theological ideas as objects of theological knowledge?

Paper is available for download below, prior to the workshop.  Please do not cite or share.

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EKuehn Workshop Paper

You are invited to our next meeting co-sponsored with the Animal Studies workshop. Please notice the (unusual) time and location: Monday, November 17, 4:30 – 6:30 pm in the Social Sciences Tea Room (SS201).

Carly Lane (from the Committee on Social Thought) will present her in-progress AAR paper entitled “‘The Starry Heavens Above Me and the Moral Law Within': Transcendentalism’s Claim Against Deep Ecology.”

The abstract:

I open this paper with a brief but sympathetic survey of the instincts and aims of Deep Ecology. I argue that on its own terms Deep Ecology can neither justify its necessity or make coherent progress on its own stated goals: Dismissing the ‘transcendent subject’ as so much metaphysics, and “anthropocentrism” as a moral/ecological threat, Deep Ecology undermines its own conditions of possibility. Turning to the very philosophical sources Deep Ecology understands itself against, I develop an account of the relatively-transcendent (which is to say responsible, undetermined, free) subject and her aesthetic-cum-ethical judgment. I show this form of judgment to be at work—albeit contradictorily—throughout Deep Ecology literature. Borrowing from Arendt, I defend the appropriateness of this form of judgment, not least for community formation and political action. I conclude by tracing the intimate relationship between this form of judgment and poetic thinking: As an exemplary alternative to Deep Ecology I proffer the poetic thought of Henry David Thoreau who sounds out his aesthetic-ethical judgments that we might be recalled to our humanity, in both society and the natural world.

Refreshments will be served.

You may download the preliminary version of the paper as well as Carly’s request for feedback here Carly Lane Workshop Presentation

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