Tue Feb 4, 2014 5:30pm EST —
Thu Feb 6, 2014 6:30pm EST
Cyril O'Regan, Huisking Professor of Theology at Notre Dame will deliver the 2014 Nathaniel W. Taylor Lectures in theology. O'Regan specializes in the intersection of religion and literature, mystical theology, and postmodern thought. Among the main purposes of his Taylor Lectures is (1) to show the surge in the apocalyptic inflection of contemporary theology not only in non-fundamentalist Protestantism, but in Catholicism and Anglicanism as well; (2) to provide representative apocalyptic examples from each of the three Christian confessions, and where possible illustrate within each the tension between different forms of apocalyptic in different epistemic registers, with variable ethical commitments, and above all, with very different configurations of the church; (3) to examine the role the biblical text plays, directly and indirectly, in the construction of an apocalyptic theology, and assess the preferences -- if any -- for particular texts and modes of interpretation; (4) to investigate the role philosophy plays in the construction of the construction of the various apocalyptic theologies, and identifying the various specimens, critically evaluate their use.