This Thursday, 3 December, at 5:30 pm, we will have a special service of Advent Lessons and Carols in the Pusey House Chapel to help us appreciate the hope and expectation of Advent. We will gather in darkness, and then begin the service in candlelight. The service is given shape by the Great 'O Antiphons', seven sentences based o Old Testament titles for the Messiah which are fulfilled and given their true sense by Christ (see below). The readings from the Bible, seasonal pieces sung by the choir, under the direction of Maks Adach, and some wonderful Advent carols and hymns, will help us to appreciate the riches of the season. As we hear more of the message of hope, we will move from darkness to light and celebrate the promise of the coming of the Prince of Peace, Emmanuel, God with us.
Not so alien and unnatural after all - The role of Deification in Augustine’s Sermons
Stanley P. Rosenberg
Executive Director, Scholarship & Christianity in Oxford
Faculty Member, Oxford University’s Faculty of Theology and Wycliffe Hall
UK Regional Director, Green Scholars Initiative
One typically reads that deification, or theosis, was the view held among the Eastern churches and something quite foreign to the West. In such works one finds Augustine presented as the preimenent champion of ransom theory as the way of understanding redemption. But then one reads in the City of God, “God Himself, the blessed God, who is the giver of blessedness, became partaker of our human nature, and thus offered us a short cut to participation in His own divine nature.” This sounds suspiciously like deification. Could this really be there? In fact, yes and it is what one should expect to find in Augustine. How could others’ readings of Augustine missed this? Such have arguably been preoccupied with only one portion of Augustine’s works—his books, unduly emphasized the anti-Pelagian writings, and confused Augustine’s doctrine of redemption with later formulations in the High Middle Ages, the Reformation and especially among the scholastic Reformers.
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Research Seminar on Anglicanism since 1688
Thursday 5 November at 2:15 pm, to conclude with tea at 3.45 pm
Venue: Pusey House, St. Giles
Britain was the first modern European country to adopt the widespread practice of cremation, and by 2010 it had become the custom adopted in around three quarters of all funerals. This paper explores the role of early-Twentieth Century Anglican bishops in advocating this change in funeral customs. Various prominent bishops - including Edward Lee Hicks, Charles Gore and William Temple - were keen and vocal early advocates. This was at a time when the Roman Catholic Church was still enormously hostile to the practice, which it equated with atheism and inhumanity. Although the Roman Catholic position began to soften from the 1960s onwards, this paper argues that the differing attitudes of Anglicans and Roman Catholics on the issue of cremation reveal significant religious and cultural fault lines between these two ecclesial communities which have hitherto been little explored.
Dr. Frances Knight is Associate Professor in the History of Modern Christianity and Head of Department, Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Nottingham
Rev'd Prof. Mark Chapman, Dean of College, Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Ripon College Cuddesdon
Rev’d Dr. George Westhaver, Principal, Pusey House
There will be three further seminars in Trinity Term 2016.
Gregory of Nyssa (c. 335-c.395) is widely regarded today as one of the most influential thinkers of the Greek Patristic tradition. In my lecture, I shall present his thought as a holistic vision in which philosophical understanding, spiritual or mystical insight, and ethical practice are inseparable.
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