September Research Colloquium

The next Research Colloquium is being held this Friday 27 September starting at 1.30pm in G3.

The program is as follows:

1.30pm – 2.15pm – Michael Mawson – Faculty Presentation

“Should We Live Forever? Theological Insights into Life Extension Technologies”

Abstract: How should Christians understand and respond to technologies aiming to radically extend the human lifespan? Would a longer lifespan facilitate deeper relationships with God and one another? Or is the pursuit of more life simply a denial or attempted transgression of God-given limits? This paper will engage these questions by drawing upon insights into creation and sin from Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

2.15pm – 3.00pm – Michael Earl – PhD Presentation

Stewards of the Mysteries of God: Trust and the Ordained Ministry in the thought of PT Forsyth”

Abstract: Surprisingly few writers in the Reformed/evangelical tradition offer substantive accounts of the relationship between trust and (ordained) ministry. Calvin, for instance, makes use of trust language in reference to the role of pastors (and other forms of ministry), but never probes the precise nature of how trust and ministry are related, or how trust might be defined in this context. One notable exception to this trend is the British theologian PT Forsyth (1848–1921). In this paper I sketch some of the contours of Forsyth’s thought, how he understands trust pertaining to ministry, and what promising shoots his thinking provides for the sake of a more concerted theology of ordination centred on trust.

3.00pm – 3.45pm – Keith Hamilton – PhD Presentation

“Who is a Parish Mission?”

Abstract: If a parish mission is a church, and the church is part of the mission of God, then it is important to discern how it is an embodiment of Christ and is in Christ. For that reason, I have sought to engage with the public ministry of and claims about the resurrected Christ to provide a biblical foundation of an ecclesiology. This then leads to some initial considerations regarding worship, witness, and service. The future shape of an ecclesiology will have to take account of how the church participates in the missio Dei as an eschatological community part and parcel of the kingdom of God.

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