School of Divinity

Theology and Ethics

Wednesdays, 11.10am - 12.50pm, Baillie Room (*unless otherwise noted)

The seminar is for postgraduates and staff, and others are most welcome. For enquiries, please contact Dr Joshua Ralston (


Semester 2: Spring 2020

Date  Speaker Topic

16 January

Thursday 4.10pm 

Prof Judith Wolfe

(St Andrews )

Imagination in Art and Faith

22 January

2-6pm, Room G.05, 50 George Square

 Launch of the Scottish Network for Religion and Literature

Exploring the role of religion in Scottish Literature

29 January

Dr John Flett

(Pilgrim Theological College, Melbourne College of Divinity)

How do we Theologise our Pre-Christian Heritage?

A Problem of Time and Embodiment

5 February

Dr Jacob Eriksen

(Trinity College Dublin)

Planetary Feeling: Theological Ethics and EcoSpiritual Despair in an Era of Climate Crisis


26 February

4.10pm, Martin Hall


Book Panel on Dr Sarah Lane Ritchie’s Divine Action and the Human Mind


***Co-sponsored with Science and Religion ***


4 March


Prof Ian A McFarland



Sin and the Limits of Theology:

A Reflection in Conversation with Julian of Norwich and Martin Luther

11 March


Dr John O’Connor (OP), Priest and Chaplain

(St Albert’s, Edinburgh)

Natural Law and Ethical Non-Naturalism

18 March

Dr David Grummet


The Word as Christ’s Body

25 March

Prof Heather Walton



Semester 1: Autumn 2019

Date  Speaker Topic

*19 September 2019

(*4:10pm on Thursday )

Prof Reinhold Bernhardt


Christological Issues in Reference to a Theology of Religions

25 September 2019

Prof David Fergusson


Post-Chalcedonian Christology: A Modern Scottish Brew

*1, 2, 3 October 2019

Cunningham Lectures

5pm in Martin Hall

Professor Shawn Copeland

(Boston College)

Theology as Political: The Weight, the Yearning, the Urgency of Life

9 October 2019

Jack Williams

Richard Brash


How to Think Philosophically about Religious Conversion

Mediated Immediacy? John Webster on the Doctrine of Revelation


16 October 2019

Prof Anthony Reddie

(Oxford Centre for Religion and Culture)

Theologizing Brexit: A Liberationist and Postcolonial Critique
23 October 2019

Dr Stacey Gutkowski


Jewish ‘Secular’ Millennials in Israel: Attitudes to Ethno-Religious Nationalism

***Co-sponsored with Religious Studies***

*28, 29, and 31 October 2019 and 4, 5, and 7 November 2019

Gifford Lectures

5.30pm, Playfair Library

Professor Dr Michael Welker


Further details


13 November 2019

Dr Medi Ann Volpe


Liberation theology and intellectual disability: Gustavo Gutiérrez and Jean Vanier on poverty and vulnerability

19 November 2019


Dr Martin Accad

(Arab Baptist Theological Seminary) 

Sacred Misinterpreation: Reaching Across the Christian-Muslim Divide  

***Co-sponsored with World Christianity and Christian-Muslim Studies***