Research Colloquium March 2017

The next  Research Colloquium is scheduled for this Friday 31 March. It will start at 1.30pm and will be in G3.

The program for the Colloquium is as follows:

Time Presenter Presentation Type Title
1.30pm – 2.15pm Ali Robinson Guest Presentation Showing Mercy to the Ungodly and the Inversion of Invective in the Epistle of Jude
2.15pm – 3.00pm Chris Dalton PhD Graduate Presentation Reimagining environmental public policy

Ali Robinson           Showing Mercy to the Ungodly and the Inversion of Invective in the Epistle of Jude

The present paper offers a new interpretation of the three-clause reading of Jude 22-23 (a highly contested text in the New Testament corpus). Against a popular view, I argue that the passage contains a command to the beloved to show mercy to those with whom they contest (i.e. the ungodly). I further demonstrate that the epistle of Jude follows many conventions of Greco-Roman invective and, as invective, one would expect the writer to instruct the beloved to expel the ungodly from the community. Instead, Jude commands the beloved to ‘show mercy’ to the very ones with whom they contend (Jude 22), a profound reflection of Jude’s understanding of mercy and faith in a volatile situation. This is what I will call an inversion of the invective.

Chris Dalton    Reimagining environmental public policy

There has been much in the news this month about the energy crisis facing Australia.  Do we need more coal-fired power stations?  Should we rely more on gas-generated electricity?  Should we invest more in the use of renewable energy?  These questions shape an increasingly polarised debate; answering them is of critical importance to all Australians. So how can theology contribute to this public debate in a value-added way?

In my thesis, and subsequent book, I have used a case study of the mining of Coal Seam Gas in the development of a theological case that consideration should be given to recognising the rights of Land in environmental protection policy. A core issue is how we regard Land; this can range from seeing Land as an object, a gift of God for human use, to Land being a beloved companion in the restless journey of the cosmos.  Should we follow New Zealand, for instance, whose Parliament has just granted the Whanganui River legal status as a person, and recognise the rights of the Murray Darling river system in our environmental protection legislation?  This presentation will explore;

  • The gap between current environmental policy and the significance of Land in the Australian psyche
  • A public theology strategy for addressing this gap
  • The theological research behind recognising the rights of Land

In doing so, this presentation applies Micah’s exhortation to “act justly” to our treatment of the non-human creation, and so to being a good neighbour to it.

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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