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Date and time
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 - 19:30
Address
Chapter House
Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St,
Chester
CH1 2DY
United Kingdom

About the Event

“What are we doing when we talk about God? Modern theology and the crisis of faith” (Professor Elaine Graham, Canon Theologian)

This lecture will explore some of the challenges that have faced Christian theology since the birth of the modern era at the end of the eighteenth century. I will frame these as a set of ‘revolutions’: scientific, democratic and philosophical. All three offered deep critiques of traditional concepts of revelation, Biblical authority, human identity and the nature of God, and they caused the Church to reappraise many of its traditional teachings. These included the origins of the universe and human evolution; understandings of power, race and gender; and our very notions of language and truth  – including questions about the very existence and reality of God.

The lecture will trace how each of these modern revolutions in thought and society prompted a range of theological responses: debates about science and religion, movements such as post-colonial, feminist and Black theologies; and the emergence of radical and non-realist theologies which argued for a fundamental overhaul in the language and concepts we might use to speak about God. It will conclude by asking what all this means for Christian theology today, and why ‘talk about God’ might still matter for the life of the church and the world. 

 

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Address

Chapter House
Chester Cathedral, St Werburgh St,
Chester
CH1 2DY
United Kingdom