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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Catholicity, the key marker of the Roman Catholic Church, has been understood in many different ways over the last two millennia. As worldviews change in complex ways human communities, whether religious or not, imagine their place in the cosmos variously. These differing worldviews entail changing conceptions of human anthropology, theology, ecclesiology, ethics and much else. Most recently catholicity has been understood in a tribal and sectarian way, based on particular views of the human and the divine and their interaction. This lecture will explore some alternative views from the long tradition of Christian theological, mystical and philosophical traditions in order to point to other, more wholesome and more traditional, ways of thinking about catholicity.

Dr Philip McCosker, FRSA is Vice-Master of St Edmund's
College and Director of the Von Hügel Institute for Critical Catholic Inquiry, University of Cambridge. He is Director of Studies in Theology at Magdalene College, Murray Edwards and St Edmund’s College, Cambridge, and is an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. He edits the journal Reviews in Religion and Theology (Wiley-Blackwell), and he was the editor of What is it that the Scripture Says? Essays in Biblical Interpretation, Translation, and Reception in Honour of Henry Wansbrough OSB (T&T Clark, 2006) and co-editor (with Denys
Turner) of The Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae (CUP, 2016). He is currently completing Christ the Paradox: Expanding Ressourcement Theology (CUP).

Free entrance, all welcome!

Friday, 1 March, 2019 - 16:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
Garden Room, St Edmund's College



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