The Paddock Lectures were founded in 1880 by General Seminary benefactor George A. Jarvis and named in honor of The Rt. Rev. Benjamin Henry Paddock, Class of 1852.The Lectures have become a highly anticipated feature of GTS’ annual Alumni Gathering.If you are a member of the GTS Alumni community, please click here for more information about registering for the Gathering, which includes the Paddock lectures.
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The Paddock Lectures: November 5 and 6, 2014
The How of Theology and Ministry
This year's lecturer is Professor Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School's Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Divinity and Law. Beginning in the Fall of 2014, he will assume a Chair in Theological Ethics at the University of Aberdeen. Professor Hauerwas has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the Church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named "America's Best Theologian" by Time Magazine in 2001. His book A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic(1981), was selected as one of the 100 most important books on religion of the 20th Century. His recent work includes Approaching the End: Eschatological Reflections on Church, Politics, and Life(2013).
These lectures will address the relationship between the work of theology and parish ministry. Hauerwas sees the very question of how the two are related to be a problematic diagnosis showing as it does the operating presumption that theology is not itself a ministerial task. He addresses this by briefly tracing the historical situation that led to theology becoming a scientific discipline in the modern university. Hauerwas then concludes by arguing the task of the contemporary theologian, therefore, is to help ministers and lay people recover the significance of Christian concepts by learning to speak Christian.
Lecture I / Weds. Nov. 5, 2:00-3:00 pm / $35.00
Lecture II / Thurs. Nov. 6, 2:00-3:00 pm /$35.00
Early Bird Discount for Both Lectures / $60.00
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