The Logos Institute and Logia seminars take place most weeks during the semester, on Fridays at 1530-1700 in St Mary’s Senior Common Room. They are accompanied by wine and soft drinks.

Semester 1 (2019-2020)

September 20: Hud Hudson, ‘An Optimistic Pessimism.’

September 25 (Wednesday, 4pm): John de Gruchy, ‘A Life-changing Conversation: Doing theology in dialogue with Bonhoeffer’

September 27:  (Logia) Karen Kiefer, ‘Incarnation as Improvisation?  Divine Attributes of Solidarity & Receptivity.’  

October 4: National Lecture: Bill Wood, ‘A Theology of Analytic Reason.’

October 11:  Dru Johnson, ‘Mapping Hebraic Philosophy across Story, Law, and Poetry.’

October 18: Justin Duff, ‘The Oil of Gladness and Priestly Investiture in the Epistle to the Hebrews.’

October 25: (Logia) Elizabeth Shively, ‘Action, Cognition, and Discourse: The Benefit of Applying a Multi-dimensional Model to Gospel Genre’

November 1: Mitch Mallary, ‘Karl Barth vs. N. T. Wright: On Jesus, History, and Revelation’

November 8: C Stephen Evans, ‘Faith, Doubt, and Uncertainty’

November 22: Kimberley Kroll & Joanna Leidenhag, ‘Self Revelation of the Holy Spirit and the Problem of Thirdness’.

November 29: (Logia) Christa McKirland, ‘Did Jesus Need the Spirit?’

December 6: Oliver Crisp, ‘The Moral Exemplarism and Atonement.’

Semester 2 (2018-2019)

February 8:  Stephanie Nordby, ‘We Worship What We Know: The Religious Experiences of the Early High Christology Movement’

February 15:  Andrew Torrance, ‘The Paradox of Faith’

February 22: (Logia) Faith Pawl, ‘Animal Awareness of the Divine’

March 1:  Mark Murphy: ‘Three Frameworks for Divine Action: Morality, Love, and Holiness’

March 8: Tim Pawl, ‘A Doctrine of Divine Simplicity’

March 15: Bruce Ellis Benson, ‘The Rich Aroma of Forgiveness without the Danger: On Faux Forgiving’

March 29: Kevin Nordby, ‘Common Sense Epistemology, Religious Experience, and Skeptical Theism’

April 5: (Logia) Fanos Tsegaye, ‘Ad Christo: Antecedents of Ethiopic Liturgical Prayers’

April 12:  Christoph Schwöbel, ‘Contentious Foundations: Another Look at the Relationship of Revelation and Reason’

April  17 (4pm):  Tom McCall,  ‘The Identity of the Son and the Freedom of God: Analytic Christology and Theological Interpretation of Scripture’.

April 26: Joshua Cockayne & Gideon Salter, ‘Collective Remembering and Liturgical Time Travel

May 3:  C. Stephen Evans, ‘A Defence of Accountability as a Virtue’

May 7:  Peter van Inwagen, ‘Enjoying God’

May 10: (Logia)  Ryan Mullins, ‘Linda Zagzebski’s Omnisubjectivity and the Problem of Creepy Divine Emotions’

May 17: Daniel Spencer, ‘Genesis 2–3 and the Fall: A Tentative Rereading’

May 22: Jc Beall, ‘The Contradictory Christ’

May 24: Yujin Nagasawa, ‘The Problem of Evil for Atheists’

May 31: (Logia) Caron Gentry, ‘The Tension between Hope and Privilege’

June 14: David Efird, ‘The Bible’s Blind Spot: On Interpreting Morally Problematic Passages of the Bible’

June 19 (10.00-11.30): Oliver Crisp, ‘Contemporary Challenges to Systematic Theology’

June 21: Michael Rea, ‘Worship, Protest, and the Deformation of Prayer’


Semester 1 (2018-2019)

September 21: (LOGIA) – Alison Duncan Kerr, “Anthropopathism, God, and Affective Science”

September 28: Max Baker-Hytch, “Theology, Epistemology, and the Historical Jesus”

October 5: (LOGIA) – Christa McKirland, “Need Without Lack: A Helpful Analytic Concept for Theological Anthropology”

October 12: Dennis Bray, “Richard of St. Victor’s Argument for the Trinity from Love

October 19: C. Stephen Evans, “Autonomy as a Virtue and a Vice”

October 25 (Thursday at 7PM): Marc Cortez, Title TBD

October 26: Oliver Crisp, “Two Pictures of God”

November 2: (LOGIA) – Koert Verhagen, “Becoming a Disciple of the Counter Logos: Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Confrontational Christology and the Other”

November 9: Justin Duff, “To Be Made like Us in Every Respect”: Weakness and Christology in the Epistle to the Hebrews

November 23: Jeremy Rios, ‘The Cosmological Self, the Modern Self, and the Reading of Scripture (Conceptions of self-identity, East and West)’

November 30: (LOGIA) – Jonathan Rutledge, ‘Analyzing the Muddles of Analysis: What Analytic Theologians Can Learn From the History of Analytic Feminism’

December 7: Thomas McCall, Title TBD


Semester 2 (2017-2018)

8 February: (LOGIA Launch Month): Amy Peeler: ‘Gracious Power of the Father: God Revealed in the Story of Mary (Luke 2:21–52)’

15 February: Kathryn Tanner: ‘Nothing but the Present’

22 February: Alison Duncan Kerr: ‘Anthropopathism, God, and Affective Science’

8 March: John Walton: ‘A Worldview without “Nature” ’

15 March: Darren Sarisky: ‘Biblical Interpretation and Analytic Reflection’

22 March: Bruce Benson: ‘How to Avoid Apologizing’

29 March (LOGIA): Sarah Lane Ritchie: ‘Religious habit, human agency, and embodied belief: faith  formation in neurobiological and theological context’

5 April: Kevin Diller: ‘Participation Views of the Atonement’

12 April: Taylor Telford: ‘Is the Gospel Good News? – The Doctrine of Election and the Euangellion’

19 April: René van Woudenberg: ‘Reading as a Source of Knowledge’  

26 April (LOGIA): Kimberley Kroll: ‘Indwelling without an indwelling Holy Spirit: A response to Ray Yeo’

3 May: John Nagle: ‘The Role of Christian Theology in Environmental Law’

10 May: (LOGIA): Joanna Leidenhag: ‘Does Panpsychism invite theism? Panpsychism in Historical Theology, and Contemporary Philosophy’

17 May: Doug Campbell: TBD

31 May: Peter van Inwagen: ‘Hell’

7 June: Mike Rea: ‘The Ill-Made Knight and the Stain on the Soul’

14 June: Oliver Crisp: ‘The Trinity and Mystery’

21 June: Edward Meadors: ‘Isaiah, John, and the Gospels’ Parody of the Roman Road System: Imperial Theology Revisited’

28 June (LOGIA): Graydon Cress: ‘The Trinity is Not Our Gender Program’


Semester 1 (2017-2018)

21 September: Aaron Cotnoir: “Mutual Indwelling”

28 September: TJ Lang: “The Order of Christian Theology: Literal and Ecclesial Senses of the  New Testament”

5 October: Oliver Crisp: “Theosis and Participation”

12 October: Joshua Cockayne: “‘We-Thou: Liturgical worship as a collective act”

19 October: N.T. Wright: “The End of the World? Modern Confusions about Eschatology and Apocalyptic and their Theological Results”

26 October: Bill Tooman: “Translation: Remarks on the Disciplines and Responsibilities of the Study of Ancient Jewish Literature”

2 November: C. Stephen Evans: “Christology and Kenosis: A Case Study in Methodology for Analytical Theology”

9 November: Madhavi Nevader: “What’s YHWH Got to Do with it? What’s YHWH but a Second Hand Emotion”

14 November (TUESDAY): Dru Johnson: “Christian Philosophy and Analytic Theology as Biblically Sensitive Enterprises”

30 November: Phil Ziegler: “Bonhoeffer’s Evangelization of the Doctrine of God”

5 December (TUESDAY): Thomas Simpson, “John’s Epistemology of Testimony”

19 December (TUESDAY): Christa McKirland: “Embodiment, Edwards, and Knowledge” (a collaborative paper by Christa L. McKirland, Jason McMartin, and Timothy H. Pickavance).



Semester 1 (2016-2017)

5 October: C. Stephen Evans, “Kierkegaard on Faith, Doubt and Uncertainty.”

13 October: Christa McKirland, “The Image of God and Intersex Persons.”

27 October: Kimberley Kroll,  “Is Rationality Uniquely Intra-Personal or must Uniqueness Constrain Inter-Personal Rationality? An overview of Thomas Kelly’s Total Evidence View and the need for revision.”

3 November: Oliver Crisp, “Methodological Issues in Approaching the Atonement.”

10 November: Tim Mulgan, “Ananthropocentric Purposivism.”

24 November: Jonathan Rutledge, “Philosophical Arminianism.”

1 December: Sarah Broadie, “Classical Theism and Petitionary Prayer.”

6 December: Lydia Schumacher, “Theological Philosophy: Rethinking the Rationality of the Christian Faith.”

Semester 2 (2016-2017)

9 February: Dr. David Moffitt, “Serving in the Tabernacle in Heaven: Sacred Space, Jesus’s High-Priestly Sacrifice, and Hebrews’ Analogical Theology.”

16 February: Prof. Richard Bauckham, “Divine Identity Christology in the Gospel of Mark.”

23 February: Dr. David Moffitt, “Wilderness Identity and Pentateuchal Narrative: Distinguishing between Jesus’ Inauguration and Maintenance of the New Covenant in Hebrews.”

2 March: Dr. Elizabeth Shively, “The σῶμα and the Transformation of Persons in the Letter to the Romans.”

9 March: Prof. N.T. Wright, “Son of Man—Lord Also of the Temple?”

23 March: Dr Alexander Arnold, title tbc.

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