Theology and Ethics 2017

Wednesdays, 11:10am - 12:50pm, Martin Hall

The seminars are for postgraduates and staff, and others are most welcome. For enquiries, please contact Dr David Grumett (

Semester 2

24 January  Dr Ashley Cocksworth  Theorizing the (Anglican) lex orandi: what is the ‘law of prayer’ for?
31 January  Joanna Leidenhag  Does panpsychism invite theism? A re-examination of the position of theism within contemporary philosophy of mind  •  Josef Linnhoff  What does it mean to associate with God? Interpretations of shirk (idolatry) in modern Muslim thought
7 February   Revd Prof Philip Ziegler: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s evangelization of the doctrine of God
14 February 

Prof Linn Marie Tonstad, book discussion of God and Difference: The Trinity, Sexuality, and the Transformation of Finitude

7 March  Canon Prof Elaine Graham: Do progressives need God? In defence of radical theology
14 March 

Prof Jay Thomas Oord : Models of providence

19, 20 and 21 March 

Gunning Lectures by Prof Ann Taves - Religions as worldviews and as ways of life

28 March 

Andrew Johnson  The implicit dimensions of explicit faith: attending to the holistic character of Christian believing  •  Chris Medland  Faith-based social activism in Edinburgh: meanings, motives and definitions in three local organizations


Semester 1

27 September 


  Dr Deborah Casewell  Is repetition possible? Re-reading Kierkegaard through Eberhard Jüngel’s Heideggerian ontology.


4 October 


  Revd Prof David Fergusson  Providence in the Reformed tradition.


11 October 


  Dr Gisela Kreglinger  Coming to our senses: a spirituality of wine for worship, feasting and the everyday.


18 October 


  Revd Dr Harriet Harris and the Revd Canon John McLuckie Spiritual but not religious?


23, 24 and 25 October at 5 p.m


  Prof Werner Jeanrond Croall Lectures  Reasons to Hope.


1 November  


  Dr Richard Sudworth  Anglican Christian–Muslim relations: the ecclesial turn


8 November


  Revd Dr Leah Robinson  ‘Bad theology’: exploring the Southern Baptist (USA) archives


15 November 


  Clement Wen 'Between ecclesiology and eschatology: reconsidering Pannenberg's doctrine of election'   

  George Walters-Sleyon  Poverty, prisons and theology in Scotland


22 November 


  Revd Canon Dr Michael Fuller  Big data: ethical problems and theological responses