New books on the bookshelf from the past couple of week authored and edited by friends and colleagues (two of which were free copies arriving in the mail yesterday and today).
First up Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament edited by Miriam Bier and Tim Bulkeley which came out of an interdisciplinary colloquium on lament back in 2011. I’ve got a chapter in there titled “Lament in an age of new media”. Links below:
“Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament” (Miriam Bier, Tim Bulkeley) – Amazon.com
“Spiritual Complaint: The Theology and Practice of Lament” (Miriam Bier, Tim Bulkeley) – Wipf and Stock Publishers
Secondly, Nicola Hoggard Creegan’s work on theology, animal suffering and problem of evil looks like a good read, especially for those interested in the theological implications of evolutionary frameworks and the science-religion interface.
“Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan) – Amazon.com
“Animal Suffering and the Problem of Evil” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan) – Oxford University Press
And finally, a collection of essays from a range of NZ writers – theologians, philosophers, scientists – on new-atheism from the TANSA meetings etc. Something to dip into from time to time.
“Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mysteries: Reactions to Atheism” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd) – Amazon.com
“Taking Rational Trouble Over the Mysteries: Reactions to Atheism” (Nicola Hoggard Creegan and Andrew Shepherd) – Wipf and Stock Publishers
Slides from Dr Bex Lewis’ presentation ‘Engaging in Digital Discipleship’ at the Global Network for Public Theology 2013 meeting.
Call for Papers – Symposium on Theology, Spirituality and Cancer
School of Theology, Faculty of Arts, The University of Auckland
Laidlaw College, Auckland
20-21 February, 2014 at the University of Auckland (City Campus)
The Theology, Spirituality and Cancer symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting exploring dialogue between theological including biblical, religious, philosophical, spiritual, healthcare and pastoral arenas. The symposium will be of interest to academics and practitioners, including religious ministers, chaplains, counsellors and healthcare practitioners in related areas. It will address issues such as theodicy, cancer therapies, end of life care, pastoral issues, and insights a theological, religious or spiritual perspective can bring to an understanding of all aspects of cancer. These areas will be explored through presented papers, keynote addresses, and a public lecture. It is intended that the symposium result in a published volume of essays.
Proposals for papers are invited on any aspects or themes related to those below. Papers should be 30 minutes in length with an additional 10-15 minutes discussion.
- cancer and the problem of evil
- health, therapy and saving power
- ritual, prayer and cancer therapy
- anger, guilt and forgiveness
- spirituality and pastoral care
- religion and the experience of cancer
- competing myths, conflicting authorities
- cancer and creation
- cancer in eschatological perspective
Applications to present a paper should include:
- Proposer’s name, institutional affiliations and contact details preferably email;
- Title of the paper;
- 200-word abstract;
- Details of any audio-visual equipment you will need to deliver your paper.
Applications to be sent by 16 September 2013 to:
- Dr Tim Meadowcroft (email@example.com) – Laidlaw College
All other enquiries and information:
- Dr Caroline Blyth (firstname.lastname@example.org) – School of Theology, The University of Auckland
- Dr Stephen Garner (email@example.com) – School of Theology, The University of Auckland
Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality one-day conference
Dates: 6 September 2013, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Place: Tamaki Campus – University of Auckland, 261 Morrin Rd, St Johns, Auckland
From their website:
As we age, and especially as we become frailer and face death, spiritual issues – about the meaning and purpose of our lives – begin to loom large. Yet spirituality can be neglected in health and aged care despite its importance – perhaps because people often feel ill-equipped to discuss this sensitive topic.
This one-day conference is an opportunity to hear New Zealand researchers and others with an academic interest in the area speak about ageing and spirituality. The price has been set to allow retired people, pastoral caregivers and residential aged care staff to attend.
More details at: Selwyn Centre for Ageing and Spirituality one-day conference September 2013 – The Selwyn Foundation.
In their paper “Genetically Modified Theology: The Religious Dimensions of Public Concerns About Agricultural Biotechnology” Celia Deane-Drummond, Robin Grove-White, and Bronislaw Szerszynski talk about the way different groups of people – including scientists, politicians, and everyday people on the street – talk about biotechnology (as well as other technological developments). This creates environments where technology, such as biotechnology, is viewed in a myriad of different ways within society.
For example, there are some significant concerns being expressed by the general public about biotechnology, and about genetically modified organisms and food in particular. These concerns tend differ from those envisaged by those charged with overseeing or implementing policy, or with researching and developing biotechnology. Rather they reflect questions that are concerned with the very essence of human personhood, about human nature, and the character of the relationship between human beings and the natural world. Commenting on public resistance and antipathy towards particular forms of biotechnology in Britain and Europe at the end of the 1990s they write,
It seems conceivable that the intensity of current controversies around genetically modified crops and foods arises in part from the fact that, in their regulation in the public domain, conflicting ontologies of the person are making themselves felt in the politics of everyday life.
See: Deane-Drummond, Celia, Robin Grove-White, and Bronislaw Szerszynski. “Genetically Modified Theology: The Religious Dimensions of Public Concerns About Agricultural Biotechnology.” Studies in Christian Ethics 14, no. 2 (2001): 23-41.
In these environments religion can play a significant, and often underrated, role. Recent discussions of this with respect to nanotechnology include the following:
As one of the links notes, because nanotechnology is actually the product of a variety of convergent technologies (and is used in a variety of different ways) it doesn’t have the same ‘impact’ in public debate as something like genetically-modified foods or cloning research, but perhaps will have more impact in the long term.
Okay, so the list of posts and articles about papal tweeting started to gather momentum before being derailed in the past couple of weeks. However, it appears while the current pontiff will stop twittering the @pontifex channel will remain available for future popes.
What happens to @pontifex after Papal resignation?.
And here’s a bunch of papal twitter posts to go with that: