The first Recollection lecture of Michaelmas Term, "Christianity as true philosophy: The theology of St. Justin Martyr", by Matthew Thomas, will take place next Wednesday, 21 October, from 2.00 till 3:30 pm followed by tea at Pusey House.
A full list of lectures at Pusey House this term, as well as information about our theological conference next summer, can be found below.
"Justin was the most outstanding of the 'Apologists', i.e. of those writers (mainly in the 2nd cent.) who, in the face of persecution by the Roman authorities, wrote defences of Christianity. Their first concern was to rebut charges of atheism and immorality and the underlying charge of sedition. But they went further and argued that Christianity was a true philosophy in comparison with which other philosophies were either false, or (as Justin himself argued) shadows of the truth fulfilled in Christ. In support of this argument Justin developed his doctrine of the 'generative' or 'germinative' Word who had sown the seed of truth in all men and who had become incarnate in Christ, to teach men the whole truth and to redeem them from the power of the demons." ("Justin Martyr", The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church, 3rd ed)
Matthew J Thomas is Instructor in Theology at Regents College, Vancouver. He is currently studying for a DPhil in New Testament and Patristics at Oxford, focusing on the correspondence between the ‘New Perspective on Paul’ and patristic views of Pauline theology up to the first Council of Nicaea.
The Recollection Series, Wednesdays of 2nd, 4th, 6th Weeks and Thursday of 8th Week from 2.00 till 3:30 pm, followed by tea. The aim of the series is to provide an intensive introduction to some of the key periods, characters and ideas of Christian history.
4 November: St. Gregory of Nyssa - Johnannes Zachhuber, Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology and Fellow and Tutor in Theology at Trinity College
18 November: St. Ephrem the Syriac - Sebastian Brock, Professor of Syriac Studies based at Wolfson College and the Oriental Institute
3 December (NB Thursday): St. Augustine of Hippo - Stan Rosenberg, Director of SCIO and Associate Tutor in Church History, Wycliffe Hall
Other lectures at Pusey House - Michaelmas 2015
14 October 8:00 pm: Theology or Culture: What are the sources of the tensions in the Anglican Communion? - Dani Munoz-Trevino, University of Madrid. A forty minute presentation followed by discussion and drinks.
28 October 6:00 pm: St. Helena Dreams of the Cross: Mapping Stories, Sowing Relics - the final St. Cross 50th Anniversary Lecture will be given by award winning novelist and Honorary Fellow of the college Professor Dame Marina Warner. The event is free to attend but booking is required via the St. Cross website.
5 November 2:15 pm: Refined by Fire? Anglican and Roman Catholic attitudes to cremation since 1885 - Dr Francis Knight, Associate Professor in the History of Modern Christianity, University of Nottingham. This is the first lecture of the seminar series on 'Anglicanism since 1688' which will continue in Trinity Term.
Conference at Pusey House:
A Transforming Vision: Knowing and Loving the Triune God
Wednesday 29 June - Friday 1 July 2016 (10th week, Trinity Term)
In affiliation with the Faculty of Theology and Religion and St Cross College, University of Oxford
The study of Christian theology in the last half century has seen a major renaissance in Trinitarian thought which has attempted to connect Trinitarian theology to all aspects of Christian faith and practice. This conference will explore what it means to know and love the Triune God, and how the knowledge of God can be a transforming and saving knowledge. Beginning with the Holy Scriptures, we will investigate how these themes have been developed in the Christian tradition, considering patristic, medieval, early modern and modern sources and questions.
Confirmed speakers include: Jeremy Begbie, Markus Bockmuehl, Hans Boersma, Richard Conrad OP, Lucy Gardner, Jonathan Goodall, Douglas Hedley, Paige Hochschild, Ayla Lepine, Alister McGrath, Jenn Strawbridge, Kallistos Ware, John Webster, Robin Ward and Rowan Williams