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Theology Seminars Martinmas Semester 2020: Martin Luther’s Theology

Wednesday, 23rd September

Introduction to the Seminar: “Interpreting Luther’s Theology: Challenges, Controversies and Conversations” (Prof. Christoph Schwöbel)

Wednesday, 30th September

The Disputation against Scholastic Theology (1517)

Wednesday, 7th October

The Heidelberg Disputation (1518)

Wednesday, 14th October

The Disputation concerning Man (1536)

Wednesday, 21st Ocotober

On the Bondage of the Will (1525) (1): The Two Distinctions that make up the forma Christianismi

Wednesday, 28th October

Independent Learning Week – No seminar

Wednesday, 4th November

On the Bondage of the Will (2): God’s Prescience and Human Freedom

Wednesday, 11th November

On the Bondage of the Will (3): God’s Prescience and Human Freedom – What can we know now in the light of nature and grace, and what do we hope to know in the light of glory?

Wednesday, 18th November

The Large Catechism: Luther’s Explanation of the Third Article of the Creed – Threefold Divine Self-giving and the Life of Faith

Wednesday 25th November

Martin Luther and Jonathan Edwards – on Bondage of the Will and Free Will

The basic readings for the seminar will be made available as files on Microsoft Teams. It would be good, if members of staff or PGR students could offer brief introductions to the text and the topic of the respective seminar sessions on a hand-out that should present an overview of the text and perhaps questions and theses for interpretation.



Martinmas 2019

Summa Theologiae of Thomas Aquinas.

11.15-12.45 College Hall

18.09.   Introduction: How to read the Summa? Varieties of ‘Thomism’ as different . readings of   the Summa

25.09.   Treatise on the Incarnation ST III 1-26 (Introduction: George Corbett)

02.10.   Redemption and the Sacraments ST III 46-49; III 60-90, with emphasis on 60-65. (Introduction: Bill Hyland, Brendan Wolf)

09.10.   On the One God ST I 2-3; 11-13. (Introduction: King-Ho Leung and Euan Grant)

16.10.   On the Trinity ST I 27-23 (Introduction: CS)

23.10.   Independent Learning Week: No seminar

30.10.   On Creation ST I 44-49; 63-64, 65-74 (Introduction: Joanna Leidenhag)

06.11.   On Man ST I 75-83; I-II 1-5, 9-17 (Introduction: Judith Wolfe)

13.11On Law, Grace and the Virtues ST I-II 90,93-5; 107-8; 109-114; II-II 1-26; focus on I-II 133 a4, On justification. (Introduction: Katrin Bosse)

20.11.   Theology and its Relation to Philosophy ST I 1

27.11.   AAR: No seminar

Introductory literature:

Torrell, Jean Pierre, Aquinas’s Summa. Background, Structure & Reception (Washington: Catholic University of America Press, 2005).

McGinn, Bernard, Thomas Aquinas’s Summa theologiae. A Biography. (Princeton, NJ: Princeton UP, 2014)

Philip McCosker and Denys Turner (eds.), The Cambridge Companion to the Summa Theologiae (Cambridge: CUP, 2016)

Nicholas M. Healy, Thomas Aquinas. Theologian of the Christian Life (London/New York: Routledge 2017).

Martinmas is St Andrews’ autumn semester, Candlemas its spring semester.

Candlemas 2019

In the first part of the semester, we discussed encyclopaedic theology and systems of theological classification. This work will inform the development of the St Andrews Encyclopaedia of Theology.


30 – Prof. Christoph Schwöbel, ‘Encyclopaedic Theology in Germany since Schleiermacher’


6 – Bonaventure (William Hyland)

13 – Aquinas (Euan Grant)

20 – Luther (Christoph Schwöbel)

27 – Calvin (Steve Holmes)


6 – Dr. Gregory Lippiatt (University of East Anglia), ‘The French as defensores Ecclesie in the Thirteenth-Century Mediterranean’

13 – no seminar; colloquium on R.M. Rilke’s Duino Elegies and T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets

20 – Prof. Eilert Herms (Tübingen), ‘Revelation and Truth’

Spring break


3 – Dr Katrin König (Baden), ‘Anselm of Canterbury and Arabic Philosophers on the Trinity’

10 – Prof. Susanne Heine (Vienna), ‘Nature as a Religious Concept’

17 – Dr Christophe Chalamet (Geneva), ‘Theology and History (in Conversation with Karl Barth)’

24 – Prof. Gavin d’Costa (Bristol), ‘A disputed question in Catholic theology: mission to the Jewish people?’

Martinmas 2018

During the Martinmas Semester 2018/19, we read texts from Anselm of Canterbury. The seminar was convened by Prof. Christoph Schwöbel.

Candlemas Semester 2018


7 – Dr Louise Nelstrop, College Lecturer in Theology at St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford: “The Monk of Farne: Deification in the Thought of A Forgotten English Mystic”

14 – Dr Oliver Langworthy, Associate Lecturer in Theology, University of St Andrews: “Theodoret of Cyrus’ Contribution to the Use of ‘Theologian’ as a Title in Late Antiquity”

21 – Prof. John Haldane, Baylor University and University of St Andrews: “Analytical Thomism”

28 – Rev Dr Gabrielle Thomas, Research Fellow at the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University: ”The Human Icon: Gregory of Nazianzus on Being a Divine Image


7 – Dr Crystal Addey, Research Associate, University of Glasgow/Honorary Researcher, University of St Andrews: “Oracles of Fire: The Formation and Reception of the Chaldean Oracles”

14 – Prof Dr Ulrich Volp, Professor of Ecclesiastical History and History of Doctrine, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz: “Rhetoric, Steps of Mourning and the Intelligence of Emotions: Observations on 4th century funeral orations”

Spring Vacation


4 – Dr Rik van Nieuwenhove, Assistant Professor of Medieval Thought, Durham University: “Thomas Aquinas on contemplation and the theological virtues”

11 – Prof Jan-Olav Henriksen, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy of Religion, Norwegian School of Theology: “Three perspectives on Resurrection: Revelation, Experience, Recognition”

18 – Dr Simon Burton, John Laing Senior Lecturer in Reformation History, University of Edinburgh: “Realism in Fifteenth-Century Reform: The Case of Heimeric de Campo and Nicholas of Cusa”

Martinmas 2017

Reading texts from the Reformation

Candlemas 2017


1 – Dr Alistair McFadyen, Lecturer in Theology, University of Leeds: ‘On Having Enemies: Terror, Torture, Theology & Policing’

8 – Prof Lewis Ayers, Prof of Catholic and Historical Theology, Durham University: ‘…Totius Traditionis Mirabile Sacramentum: A Theology of Tradition in the Light of Dei Verbum

15 – Dr Brandon Gallaher, Lecturer in Theology, University of Exeter: ‘The Word, the Words and the Trinity: A Preliminary Exploration of the Relationship of Eastern Orthodoxy to World Religions’

22 – Prof David Clough, Prof of Theology, University of Chester: ‘Consuming Animal Creatures- The Ethics of Eating Animals’


1 – Dr Justin Stratis, Lecturer in Theology, Trinity College, Bristol: ‘Modern English Trinitarianism and the Turn to the Social – Exploring the Welch Thesis’

8 – Dr Joan O’Donovan, Lecturer in Theology, University of Edinburgh: ‘A Reformation Contribution to an Evangelical Theology of Law and Freedom’

Spring Vacation

29 – Dr Simeon Zahl, Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Nottingham: ‘Is There a Protestant Metaphysics? Luther’s Use/Substance Distinction and the Nature of the Theological Task’


5 – Dr Andrew Moore, Lecturer in Theology, Regents Park College, Oxford University: ‘Why Theology has (Virtually) Nothing to Learn from Science’

12 – Dr Tasia Scrutton, Associate Prof in Philosophy of Religion, University of Leeds: ‘Religion and Mental Health: Christians, Depression, and Demonic Possession’

Martinmas 2016

14 Sept. “Introduction to John Webster” Dr Darren Sarisky, Wycliffe College, Oxford

21 Sept. “Theological Theology” in Confessing God, pp. 11-32; “Article Review: Self and Salvation by David Ford”, Scottish Journal of Theology, 548-559. (Discussion led by Dr Steve Holmes)

28 Sept. “Christ, Church and Reconciliation” and “Eschatology and Anthropology” in Word and Church, pp. 211-230, 263-286. (Discussion led by Carsten Card-Hyatt)

5 Oct. “Principles of Systematic Theology” in Domain of the Word, pp. 133-149; “What Makes Theology Theological?” in God Without Measure, vol. 1, pp. 213-224. (Discussion led by Jared Michelson)

12 Oct. “Biblical Reasoning” in Domain of the Word, pp. 115-132; “Hermeneutics in Modern Theology: Some Doctrinal Reflections” in Word and Church, pp. 47-86. (Discussion led by Rebekah Earnshaw)

19 Oct. Reading Week

26 Oct. Paper by Prof Oliver O’Donovan, University of Edinburgh

2 Nov. “Life in and of Himself” and “Trinity and Creation” in God Without Measure, vol. 1, pp. 13-28, 83-98. (Discussion led by Dr Timothy Baylor)

9 Nov. “Love is Also a Lover of Life: Creatio Ex Nihilo and Creaturely Goodness” and “Non Ex Aequo: God’s Relation to Creatures” in God without Measure, vol. 1, pp. 99-126. (Discussion led by Alden McCray)

16 Nov. “Theology of the Intellectual Life” in God Without Measure, vol. 2, pp. 141-156; “Curiosity” in Domain of the Word, pp. 193-202. (Discussion led by Julian Gutiérrez)

23 Nov. Group Discussion

Candlemas 2016

Katherine Sonderegger, Systematic Theology, vol. 1

Martinmas 2015

28 January 2015 – Christopher Holmes (Otago), “The Immanent Life of God and the Atonement”

04 February 2015 – Martin Westerholm (St Andrews), “On the Christological Determination of Augustine’s Theology of Love”

11 February 2015 – John Perry (St Andrews), “Putting Hell First: Cruelty and the Missing Moral Theory of Damnation”

18 February 2015 – James Eglington    (Edinburgh), “The Dutch Nietzsche: Kuyper and Bavinck on Multatuli”

25 February 2015 – Tommy Kidd (Baylor), “George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and the Debate over the Holy Spirit in the Eighteenth-Century Revivals”

04 March 2015 – Dr Simeon Zahl    (Oxford), “The Bondage of the Affections in Luther’s Early Theology: Historical and Contemporary Implications”

11 March 2015 – Dr Simon Oliver    (Nottingham), “Teleology and the Doctrine of Creation”

01 April 2015 – Rachel Muers (Leeds), “Testimony and Quaker ethics”

08 April 2015 – Rosalee Veloso-Ewell (WEA), title tbc

15 April 2015 – Prof. Paul Lodge (Oxford), Leibniz’s theodicy

22 April 2015 – Prof. Joel Rasmussen (Oxford), “Metaphysical Transformations in the 19th Century”

29 April 2015 – Mike Higton (Durham), title tbc

Martinmas 2014

Reading Albrecht Ritschl, The Doctrine of Reconciliation

Candlemas 2013

6th February 2013 ‘Kendall Soulen’s “The Divine Name(s) and the Holy Trinity”‘, Ian McPherson

13th February 2013 ‘Theology and practice in Particular Baptist churches in the Civil War period’, Ian Birch

20th February 2013 ‘Karl Barth and a theology of religions’, Sven Ensminger

27th February 2013 ‘Finding your place in the story of God: which story, which place? A biblical-theological investigation of the covenants’, Hans Burger

6th March 2013 ‘Reclaiming the Priesthood of Christ: implications and challenges’, Prof. Alan Torrance

13th March 2013 ‘The Implications of an Edwardsean Spirit Christology’, Christi Larsen

3rd April 2013 ‘Clement of Alexandria and the Orthodox Gnostic Tradition’, Daniel Worden

10th April 2013 No meeting (SST conference in Nottingham)

17th April 2013 Prof. Ivor Davidson

24th April 2013 Rachel Muers

Martinmas 2012

6th September 2012 Mini-ethics conference: 12.30 lecture then 3pm lecture: Professors Paul Martens (Baylor) and Gerald McKenny (Notre Dame)(Further info will be circulated)

12th September 2012 Professor Atsuyoshi Fujiwara (Seigakuin University, Japan): “Theology of Culture in Post-Disaster Japan”

19th September 2012 No meeting

26th September Ryan Mullins: ‘Four-Dimensionalism and Christian Belief’

Monday 1st October 2012 Two presentations: 11.15 and 3pm: Professor Michael Banner, University of Cambridge

10th October 2012 Travis Buchanan:‘The Presence of the Higher in the Lower’: The Broad Sacramentality of C. S. Lewis’s Concept of ‘Transposition’. Andrew Kaethler: ‘Truth as Freedom or Gratitude as Freedom: Joseph Ratzinger and Alexander Schmemann in Dialogue’

17th October 2012 Andrew Hay: ‘A Trinitarian Dogmatics of Light’

24th October 2012 Dr Stephen Holmes: ‘Christian Marriage: creation ordinance or counter-cultural asceticism?’

31st October 2012 Sam Adams: title tbc

7th November 2012 Prof. Alan Torrance: title tbc

14th November 2012 No meeting due to AAR and associated events

21st November 2012 Dr N.E. Lombardo, Catholic University

28th November 2012 Christopher Brewer: “Exploring the Possibility of an Imaginative Natural Theology”

Martinmas 2011

5th October 2011 – Discussion of Kierkegaard: Philosophical Fragments (Andrew Hay)

12th Octpber 2011 – Discussion of Kierkegaard: Philosophical Fragments (Christi Larsen)

19th October 2011 – Professor Gijsbert van den Brink

26th October 2011 – Professor Ann Loades

2nd November 2011 – Shawn Bawulski and David Sonju

9th November 2011 – READING WEEK – NO SEMINAR

16th November 2011 – Ryan Mullins

23rd November 2011 – SBL – NO SEMINAR

30th November 2011 – Jon Mackenzie

7th December 2011 – Loejoo Tan “The Trinity and the Religions: An Assessment of Gavin D’Costa’s Trinitarian Theology of Religions with particular reference to Basilian Trinitarianism”

14th December 2011- Dr Stephen Holmes

Candlemas 2011

16th Feb – Ryan Mullins: “Divine Perfection and Creation”

2nd March – Steve Duby: “Classical Theism and Christian Particularity”

9th March – Jason Sexton: “The Imago Dei Once Again: Stanley Grenz’s Journey Toward a Theological Interpretation of Gen 1:26-27.”

11th March (Friday) – 2.30pm: Special Lecture by Professor Paul Molnar of St John’s Seminary, New York, entitled, “The Obedience of the Son in the Theology of Thomas F. Torrance and of Karl Barth”

16th March – SST short papers: Shawn Bawulski & Christina Larsen

23rd March – Dr Edward Oakes (Mundelein seminary): ‘Hans Urs von Balthasar and the question of Universal Salvation.’

30th March – EASTER BREAK

20th April – Dr Mark Elliott: “Reconsiderations of Barth’s Ecclesiology.”

27th April – Toby Karlowicz: “E.B. Pusey, the Allegorical Interpretation of Scripture, and its relationship to Theology”

11th May – Andrew Hay: “The Afterlife of the Bible”

Martinmas 2010

6th October Professor Christoph Schwoebel, University of Tübingen, Germany

20th October Professor Fergus Kerr

3rd November Dr Jake Andrews

17th Nov Professor Ann Loades CBE

1st December Dr Mark Elliott

15th Dec Professor Markus Bockmuehl

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