April Research Colloquium

Dean Drayton

The next Research Colloquium is being held this Friday 27 April stating at 1.30pm in G3. The program is as follows:

 

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Dean Drayton Guest Presentation Living in the Apocalypse
2.15pm – 3.00pm Geoff Broughton Canberra Faculty Presentation Walking On Country, Together
3.00pm – 3.45pm Brendan Pratt PhD Presentation Assimilation and Resistance—How Scriptural Engagement with the Empire Can Inform a Christian Response to Advanced Consumerism

 

Dean Drayton                    Living in the Apocalypse

What is the Christian story that we are living? The gospel is the energising centre of the church’s life and witness. But what is the gospel? The word means “good news,” but saying “gospel” does not tell us what the good news actually is. This paper will explore the denominational era’s reduction of the kingdom of God to a subjective experience of decision, commitment and conversion. For the early church the gospel was an apocalyptic event that happened in history. This paper examines the practice and consequences of describing the announcement of the cross and resurrection with the language of “revelation” as opposed to the language of “apocalyptic.”

 

Geoff Broughton              Walking On Country, Together

Responding to Aboriginal Christians’ call to ‘walk together’ this paper will examine a biblical and theological understanding of walking (περιπατέω) as a metaphor for Christian living and its implications for respectful partnership with and mutual learning from Aboriginal Peoples through a deeper connection to shared country.

 

Brendan Pratt                   Assimilation and Resistance—How Scriptural Engagement with the Empire Can Inform a Christian Response to Advanced Consumerism

If Consumerism embodies the “empire” in contemporary culture then what from scriptural responses to empire can inform Christian engagement with consumerism?  While Jesus and Paul engage with the themes of empire, the book of Revelation, drawing on the “myths” of Hebrew Scripture, counters the praxis of empire by providing a compelling alternative. It is in this context of counter-praxis that engagement with the empire can act as an agency to inform a response to advanced consumer culture. This paper will particularly explore how the theme of “empire” can be co-opted as a powerful symbol to inform a response to consumerism in the Adventist community.

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