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Monday, 7 to Wednesday 9 July 2025

Pusey House, Oxford

‘What is man that thou art mindful of him?’, the Psalmist asks. In July 2025, Pusey House will host the fourth in a series of theological conferences, Restoring the Image: Creation, Salvation, and the Human Person. Theologians from the Academy and the Church will meet to consider Christian theological anthropology – the doctrine of humankind’s creation and restoration in the image and likeness of God.

 

The Church confesses that human beings are made in both the image and likeness of God. The restoration and perfection of this image in the human person and in the whole body of Christ, knit together in one, is fundamental to God’s purposes for humankind and the whole cosmos.  Our conference will consider how the creation and salvation of the human being is revealed and taught in both the Old and New Testaments, and its reception by the Fathers of the Church. We will discuss how theologians through the ages related the divine image and likeness to the developing dogmas of the Triune deity and of Christ as the Incarnate Word.

 

We will further consider how the Church, as well as drawing on Jewish and Christian sources, also received ancient philosophical notions of human nature and personhood, and how these notions were developed to articulate a fuller Christian anthropology. Speakers will draw on both the riches of the catholic tradition and contemporary philosophical theology. All this will also enable us to consider current debates about the human person and community.

Vision

Great questions of Mediaeval Catholic, Reformation, and modern theology will be posed: how is the image damaged by sin? How are humans restored by faith and participation in God’s sacramental economy to grow in the likeness of God? How does grace use human nature, and how is human nature perfected by grace? How is the human person conformed to Christ, and brought to participate in the divine nature? 

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The Conference will feature opportunities to meet and socialize with theologians from both the Academy and the Church, to foster friendships across different parts of the Church, and to share in the liturgical life of the House. All conference delegates are warmly invited to join the Pusey House community in worshiping at the daily offices and mass.

 

We hope that the conference will serve not only the furnishing of our minds, but also the transforming of our lives and communities by the indwelling work of the Holy Spirit, that we may all grow together in the image and likeness of God. We welcome theological students, lay members of the Church, clergy, academic theologians, and all those interested in the subject.

The Conference follows previous Pusey House Theological Conferences on the Holy Trinity (The Transforming Vision, 2016), the Person of Christ (Totus Christus, 2018), and the Holy Spirit (Descent of the Dove, 2022).

 

It is our hope that this conference and others like it in the future will contribute in a small way to that serious, disciplined, and patient recovery of the Church’s memory, which shapes and encourages a renewed and renewing encounter with the risen and ascended Christ, present in the Church and the world through the Holy Spirit.

Speakers

Gary A. Anderson, Hesburgh Professor of Catholic Thought, University of Notre Dame.

 

Lewis Ayres, Professor of Catholic & Historical Theology, University of Durham, McDonald Agape Distinguished Chair in Early Christian Theology, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome, and Biblical and Early Christian Studies Affiliate: Religion and Theology, Catholic University of Australia.

 

John Behr, Regius Chair in Humanity, University of Aberdeen.

 

Joanna Collicutt, Karl Jaspers Lecturer in Psychology and Spirituality Ripon College, Cuddesdon.

 

David Curry, Rector of Christ Church, Windsor, Nova Scotia.

 

Andrew Davison, Starbridge Professor of Theology and Natural Sciences, University of Cambridge, Regius Professor Designate of Divinity, University of Oxford.

 

Paul Dominiak, Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in Bachelor of Theology for Ministry Exams, Jesus College, University of Cambridge.

 

Mark Edwards, Professor of Early Christian Studies and Tutor in Theology, Christ Church, University of Oxford.

 

Abigail Favale, Professor of the Practice, McGrath Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame.

 

Jennifer Frey, Dean of the Honors College and Professor of Philosophy, Department of Philosophy and Religion, University of Tulsa.

 

Malcolm Guite, Life Fellow, Girton College, University of Cambridge.

 

Joshua Hordern, Professor of Christian Ethics, University of Oxford

 

Andrew Louth, Emeritus Professor of Patristic and Byzantine Studies, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Durham and Rector Emeritus of the Orthodox Parish of St Cuthbert and St Bede, Durham.

 

Pia Matthews, Senior Lecturer, St Mary’s University, Twickenham and Lecturer, Allen Hall Seminary, Chelsea. 

 

Grant MacAskill, Kirby Laing Chair of New Testament Exegesis, University of Aberdeen.

 

Simon Oliver, Van Mildert Professor of Divinity, University of Durham.

 

Alexis Torrance, Archbishop Demetrios Associate Professor of Byzantine Theology, University of Notre Dame.

 

Robin Ward, Principal, St Stephen’s House, Oxford.

 

Thomas Joseph White, Rector Magnificus, Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.

 

Rowan Williams, Honorary Fellow, Magdalene College, and Honorary Professor of Contemporary Christian Thought, University of Cambridge.

Judith Wolfe, Professor of Philosophical Theology, University of St Andrews.

Further Speakers TBA

Bookings are soon to be opened You can express interest through our bookings portal now, and we will let you know as soon as bookings open.

Located in the heart of Oxford, Pusey House was founded to be ‘a house of sacred learning’, a place where theological study is encouraged alongside worship and prayer and in the context of a rich community life. Drawing on the tradition of renewal and ressourcement inspired by the Oxford Movement, we seek to build a community where thoughtful and robust faith is nourished by beauty-inspired worship to form disciples in Christ for service in the Church and in the world. 

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