The next Research Colloquium is on this Friday 15 July starting at 1.30pm in G4. The program is as follows:
1.30pm – 2.15pm Ben Myers Faculty Presentation Sacrifice and Atonement in Origen
2.15pm – 3.00pm John Brunton PhD Research Proposal Theology in planning: applying an integrated theological framework to the practice of planning
3.00pm – 3.45pm Grahame Rosolen Student Presentation Second Temple Jewish Apocalyptic Literature Revealed
Ben Myers Sacrifice and Atonement in Origen
Origen of Alexandria uses sacrificial language more extensively than any other early Christian writer, above all in his Homilies on Leviticus. While studies on the atonement have tried to squeeze Origen into Gustaf Aulén’s narrow “christus victor” typology, in this paper I try to show that Origen’s theology of sacrifice unfolds in a completely different spiritual atmosphere. Like most modern authors, Aulén assumed that sacrifice has a predominantly negative function: it averts the wrath, or satisfies the demands, of higher powers. It is an unfortunate solution to an otherwise insoluble dilemma. But for Origen sacrifice is a matter of joy. It is done for the sake of God’s delight. It is a festive offering in which the whole of humanity acts with one heart and one mind through the agency of one high priest, Jesus Christ. The logic of sacrifice is not fear but love, and the ultimate goal if creation is the “sacrifice of praise”, an eternal holiday in which all things are offered up to the delight of the creator.
John Brunton Theology in planning: applying an integrated theological framework to the practice of planning
Initially the research will provide an overview of the biblical and theological matters relevant to the planning process and planning outcomes. The emphasis will be on how the love of the immanent and transcendent Trinity is expressed through the continuing process of creation. The participation of people in this creation process will be illustrated using the example of the return of the people of Israel from exile in Babylon. During the second stage this information will be utilized to formulate a theological framework relevant to the practice of planning. This will be a framework to facilitate discernment. The third phase focuses on the application of this theological framework to the work of individual planners, the activities of Christian organisations, the processes of government, and more generally, within the planning system.
Grahame Rosolen Second Temple Jewish Apocalyptic Literature Revealed
Second Temple Jews wrote many apocalypses. The origins, nature and significance of these apocalypses will be considered together with the influence this genre had on early Christian apocalyptic writing.
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