I am looking forward to serving as the respondent to a lecture by Prof John Brewer on ‘Theology and Sociology’ this Thursday, 23 Nov, in the Queen’s University Religious Studies Forum Series on ‘Religion and the Disciplines.’ The event starts at 4.15 in the Senate Room, and is free and open to the public.
Brewer is Professor of Post-Conflict Studies in the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice at QUB, where I am a Research Fellow.
I have had the good fortune to have advance sight of Brewer’s presentation, which critiques the ‘sociology of secularisation’ and laments the lack of engagement among sociologists and theologians on important issues like empathy, love, hope, mercy, anger, forgiveness, suffering, compromise and peace. I anticipate a lively debate around the issues raised.
Brewer’s lecture is the third in the series, and the final session in the autumn term. There will be a further two sessions in the spring.
Religious Studies Forum
Institute of Theology
Queen’s University Belfast
This seminar series aims to cultivate conversations between a range of academic disciplines and religious and theological inquiry. While recognizing the importance of the study of religion, the series seeks to move in a different direction by taking seriously religious thought for carrying out conceptual and empirical work in other disciplinary contexts. In other words, rather than treating religion as merely the object of disciplinary inquiry, the seminars will explore such issues as the use of religious or theological categories for understanding a range of natural or social phenomenon. The series will also tackle the methodological and epistemological challenges raised by this critical dialogue.
“Theology and History”
(Dorothy Griffin Professor of Early Modern European History, University of Notre Dame)
Monday, 19 June 2017, 4.30pm
Teaching Room 6, Graduate School
“Theology and Anthropology”
(Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge)
Thursday, 26 October 2017, 4.15pm
“Theology and Sociology”
(Professor of Post-Conflict Studies, Queen’s University Belfast)
Thursday, 23 November 2017, 4.15pm
“Theology and Neuroscience”
(Nuffield Professor of Anaesthetic Science and Director of the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, University of Oxford)
Thursday, 1 March, 2018, 4.15pm
“Theology and Law”
(Professor of Human Rights and Equality Law, Queen’s University Belfast &
William W Cook Global Law Professor, University of Michigan Law School)
Thursday, 26 April 2018, 4.15pm