Theology and Ethics

Wednesdays, 4:10pm, in the Martin Hall unless otherwise stated

All welcome. For enquiries, please contact Professor Rachel Muers:

Semester 2: Spring 2024

Date  Speaker Topic

Monday 22 January

Dr Joanna Leidenhag (Leeds)

Joint seminar with Science and Religion

Tuesday 20 February

5pm, Rainy Hall

Professor Sarah Bracking (Kings College London)

"Futures that money can buy: how finance aims to change the world - or not?" – event in connection with Royal Society of Edinburgh, Thinking the Future of Money in the Humanities

28 February

Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre

Dr Katie Harling-Lee (Durham)

Joint seminar with the Scottish Network for Religion and Literature

Monday 18 March

Dr Simeon Xu (Edinburgh)

Joint seminar with Science and Religion

20 March

Carolina Sanz de la Fuente

Tiffany Butler

Focus on Student Research

27 March

Elizabeth Templeton Lecture Theatre

Dr Peter Atkins (Edinburgh) Joint seminar with Biblical Studies

Semester 1: Autumn 2023

Date  Speaker Topic

20 September

Professor Jeremy Carrette (University of Edinburgh) and panel

Interdisciplinary Whole-School Research Event, hosted by the Theology & Ethics Seminar

“The Concept of Faith”

Professor Jeremy Carrette, the new Head of the School of Divinity, will introduce his recent publication on faith in the work of William James, and a panel of respondents will open up a discussion about the concept of “faith” in the different disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies. All staff and students from all parts of the School are warmly encouraged to attend this special event for the start of the academic year.


4 October

Professor Ian McFarland (Emory University)

"The Goodness of Creation as an Eschatological Concept"

18 October

Dr King-Ho Leung (St Andrews)

"Aquinas and Anti-Blackness"

Thursday 26 October


Professor Gavin D’Costa (Bristol)

(also featuring Dr Joshua Ralston, Edinburgh)

"Christian Theological Engagement with Islam: Surveying the Field and Looking Ahead"

Online participation by our seminar in an international symposium

Monday 6 November

Professor Ayesha Chaudhry (University of British Columbia)

Joint Seminar with Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations

8 November Professor Rachel Muers (Edinburgh), Professor Matthew Treherne (Leeds), and Dr Mark Davies (Leeds) Launch for RSE Networking research project "Thinking the Future of Money in the Humanities"
Tuesday 14 November Dr Zahra Ayubi (Dartmouth College)

The Gunning Lecture

"Gender, Authority and Epistemology in Islamic Medical Ethics"

Jointly sponsored with Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, and Science and Religion

22 November

Dr Emma Percy (Aberdeen)

"When the Going Gets Tough: The Virtue of Fortitude"