August Research Colloquium

Dear All,

The next Research Colloquium is being held this Friday 17 August starting at 1.30pm in G3. The program is as follows:


Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Alex Banks Student PhD Proposal Presentation Seeing, Making, Being: Encountering God’s Grace
2.15pm – 3.00pm Ali Robinson Guest Presentation Jude 8 and the Lordship of Jesus Christ
3.00pm – 3.45pm Sam Amosa Student PhD Presentation Shaking the Fa’avae
3.45pm – 4.30pm Gerard Moore Faculty Presentation Sense, Experience, and Worship Texts


Alex Banks                                          Seeing, Making, Being: Encountering God’s Grace

“Theology cannot be complete until it appropriates [the] arts as an integral moment for itself and its own life, until the arts become an intrinsic moment of theology itself.” (Rahner 1982) I take up this call from Karl Rahner as the core theme for my research by creative practice and exegesis. I seek to develop a theo-phenomenological hermeneutic based on the three key images Rahner employs to demonstrate how any finite symbol can point to and participate in its own symbolic transcendental reality. These images are: movement, light and horizon. This framework will be applied to a site-specific body of work that will created throughout the research process.


Ali Robinson                                      Jude 8 and the Lordship of Jesus Christ

Given that the lordship of Jesus is the dominant theme of the epistle of Jude, and that much of his argument hinges on the denial and acceptance of Jesus’ lordship, I ask whether κουριότητα in Jude 8 ought to be translated as ‘lordship’ rather than ‘authority’ or ‘dominion’ as is given in the majority of English Bibles. First, I turn to various commentators and translators to examine their reasons for one translation over another. Second, I demonstrate that the lordship of Jesus is Jude’s primary theme and how it influences the entirety of his argument. Finally, I ask whether (re)translation of κουριότητα is appropriate in light of the above, or whether the majority of translations are fitting, making it more appropriate to explain the idea of lordship through interpretation alone.


Sam Amosa                                        Shaking the Fa’avae      

Within the context of fa’aSamoa and the church, the standard practice is to assume that the foundations are stable. The court case involving the church has shaken the foundations (fa’avae) in a number of ways. For instance, it has brought the customary understanding of church practice and contemporary legal practice into collision. It has also created significant tremors between the fa’aSamoa, the church, and the government to date. This paper looks at the etymology of the word fa’avae, and using Paul Tillich’s use of three key biblical texts, about the shaking of the foundations make a link back to the Samoan context.


Gerard Moore                                   Sense, Experience, and Worship Texts

One of the consistent criticisms of the Roman tradition is its weakness in the way the Spirit is expressed in the liturgical tradition. It is clear that the texts of the tradition have little that is explicit concerning the work of the Spirit, though a more subtle and inclusive case could be argued. However the pneumatological sense of strong worship traditions may not be an entirely reliable indicator that those liturgical worlds are as open to the ways of the Holy Spirit as the textual witness would recommend. There is an important question to be explored around the presence of the Spirit in contemporary believers and indeed in the world as it currently experienced. Does our worship sufficiently allude to, far less capture, the workings of the Spirit?


HDR Students are reminded that their participation in the Research Colloquiums is a critical component of their candidature and that apologies should be sent to me at [email protected]

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