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Colin Gunton Lecture 2017

K2.31 King's Building Strand Campus
16/05/2017 (18:00-19:30)
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The 2017 Colin Gunton Day will take place on Tuesday 16th May from 14.30 in Room K2.31 (Nash Lecture Theatre) in the King's Building. The day will start with short talks from PhD students, followed by a wine reception in the Staff Common Room and the Colin Gunton Lecture from 18.00. 

The Colin Gunton Day Programme:

14.30 Student presentations

17.15 Wine reception - Staff Common Room

18.00 Colin Gunton Lecture

The Gunton Lecture will be given by Professor Oliver O’Donovan (Professor Emeritus, Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh).

Title: "Hugo Grotius, Theologian?”

Abstract: Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) enjoyed a Europe-wide reputation in his lifetime and close on two centuries after his death as a figure of towering importance in early modern religion and morality.   Today his legacy is recalled, and contested, in two contexts:  in the history of jurisprudence as the so-called “Father of International Law”, and, in modernity-narratives, as the supposed pioneer of a purely secular ethics and subjective rights.   Usually ignored in these treatments are his contributions to the theological issues of the post-Reformation era as a defender of the role of civil authority in Reformed church-government, the elaborator of a penal theory of the atonement, an advocate of ecumenism in an unecumenical age and the author of one of the earliest modern commentaries on the whole Bible.   In this lecture we shall look into the contents of the four volumes of his Opera Theologica, and ask what light they shed upon a complex thinker in an age of strident oppositions.

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