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Von Hügel Institute

for Critical Catholic Inquiry

Nicholas King SJ with a response from Christopher Rowland

In the context of Francis’s radical papacy, Nicholas King will argue that the Church cannot perform its task of preaching the gospel without the insights represented by Liberation Theology, in particular that the Church must embrace the discomfort of seeing life through the eyes of the poor. He will show how Liberation Theology is in the spirit of the challenge to ‘comfortable Christianity’ that one finds in Luke’s Gospel, and that a way back to the insights of Liberation Theology comes through a rediscovery of the contemplative dimension that is at the centre of Pope Francis’s leadership of the Church today.

Nicholas King SJ has taught at Campion Hall, Oxford, is Visiting Professor at Boston College, and Academic Director of Theology at St Mary’s University, Twickenham. In recent years he has completed a new English translation of the entire Greek Bible, available from Kevin Mayhew Publishers, as well as books on St Paul (Not That Man, 2009) and the gospel of Mark (The Strangest Gospel, 2006).

Christopher Rowland is Emeritus Dean Ireland’s Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford. His recent publications include Blake and the Bible (Yale UP, 2011), and he is editor of The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology (CUP, 2007).

The Lattey lecture is devoted to Catholic Social Teaching and Catholic Biblical Studies and was endowed by Fr Reginald Fuller, a noted Catholic scripture scholar, on the occasion of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of its foundation at St Edmund’s in 1940, by its first President, Fr Cuthbert Lattey, S.J.

On 4th March 2016, 4pm, St Edmund's College.



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