Conference: Theology and the Humanities


August 23rd-25th, 2009

King’s College, University of Aberdeen


A conference examining the place of Theology in relation to the Humanities Gathering scholars from North America and the United Kingdom, this conference will explore such questions as:

  1. What is a realistic idea of the relationship of Theology to the Humanities in the modern university?
  2. Is the development of a ‘theological humanism’ one of the tasks of theology?
    • If so, how should theology go about it?
    • If not, should one look to interdisciplinarity to ‘humanise’ theology?
  3. Does theology have something unique to say about interdisciplinarity?
  4. Is pursuit of interdiscipinarity a properly theological vocation, or is it a distraction?

To address these issues, a number of invited speakers will tackle the relationship of theology to particular disciples—e.g., politics, law, philosophy and literature—while others investigate the theology’s relationship to the humanities in more general and comprehensive terms.

For registration and a complete list of papers and their presenters, go here.


3 thoughts on “Conference: Theology and the Humanities

  1. Curiously, Jesus often referred to a coming “son of Man”; a term often thought by scholars, to be simply another term for “mortal.” This, in an era when the whole debate whether emperors were gods, had just come to head with the whole issue of Caesar in Rome.

    Did Jesus clearly think of himself as a God, or human? Jesus himself, did not often triumphantly, clearly declare himself to be “God,” or even “Christ.” But merely asked others “who do you say I am.” Though to be sure, this was a hot-button topic for his time, after Caesar vs. Republican/humanist/Rome; and Jesus was finally executed in part, others said, for claiming to be a God.

    Still, there is here and elsewhere, some biblical support, in the New Testament especially, for a humanistic theology.

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