2009 – 2010

Dr Mathew Guest
Monday, 1 February 2010 at 19:00

Theo society event featuring Dr Mattew Guest talking about christianity and the university experience.

Tristram Stuart
Monday, 8 February 2010 at 19:00

Tristram Stuart (born: London 1977) is an English author and historian.
In 2011 Tristram Stuart won the international environmental Sophie Prize and the “Observer Food Monthly Outstanding Contribution Award” for his ongoing campaign to solve the global food waste scandal. Stuart read English at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and won the Betha Wolferstan Rylands prize and the Graham Storey prize; his directors of studies were Peter Holland and John Lennard. He is the author of The Bloodless Revolution: Radical Vegetarians and the Discovery of India (Harper Collins Ltd, 2006) published in the United States as The Bloodless Revolution: A Cultural History of Vegetarianism From 1600 to Modern Times (W.W. Norton, 2007). His second book Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal (Penguin, 2009; W.W. Norton, 2009) has been translated into several languages and won the IACP Cookbook Award for Literary Food Writing.[1] He is a regular contributor to newspapers, radio and television programs in the UK, US and Europe on the subject of food, the environment and freeganism.
He lives in England and in December 2009 organized “Feeding the 5000″ in London’s Trafalgar Square in which 5,000 people were served free curry, smoothies and fresh groceries from cast off vegetables and other food that otherwise would have been wasted to raise awareness for reducing food waste.[2] The event was repeated – this time with waste-eating pigs and apple pressing in Trafalgar Square – and he has now been commissioned to help instigate replica events across Europe.

Dr Patrick Claffey
Monday, 15 February 2010 at 19:00

as it says Dr Pratrick Claffy talks about Catholicism in 21st century Ireland – a church in exile?
RITE AND REASON: THIS YEAR the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin is celebrating a year of evangelisation. The project’s website notes that “evangelisation is . . . an essential mission of the church”.
Necessary, courageous, no doubt, but, one might well ask the question, “why now?” A friend told me, several years ago, of a conversation he had with a prominent Irish bishop whose diocese had the first exposure of an abuse scandal. “With this, what time do you think I have left for evangelisation?” asked the forlorn pastor. But worse was to come. In recent times, it can be argued, the Catholic Church in Ireland has reached the nadir of its long history on this island. This institution is paying the price for its past success and for the kind of clerical dominance that almost inevitably leads to arrogance and the abuse of power. Is it entering a land of exile? The Ryan report was horrendous. The damage done to the victims was incalculable, the effect on the morale and reputation of the church, and, I would suggest, much of the country, devastating. “How did we come to this?” we ask. It reflected not only on the church but also on the whole of Irish society. This will be followed up by the report on clerical sexual abuse in the archdiocese of Dublin. In the days following publication of the Ryan report, I was travelling on a train from Dublin to Tralee. Sitting opposite me were two elderly ladies, one going to visit her family, while the other was eventually joined by her sister, a retired religious in civil attire. The conversation turned almost inevitably to Ryan. The two lay persons, both of whom had sisters who were religious, reacted largely as one might have expected from people of this generation and class. There was a kind of uncomprehending anger towards the victims of abuse expressed in the most negative terms; a defence of the church, and those representing it; as well as an anger that was diffuse and directed at everybody and nobody, including the church. Above all there was a sense of confusion and loss. These women, like many people today, struggled with the fact that the ecclesiastical institution, in grave difficulty, often reviled, had let them down While we have come to assume that young people have lost faith, this is not, of course, always the case. They continue their search for truth and for God. A bond of trust has been so severely damaged that it is not clear whether it can ever be restored. While priests often receive generous support, they often sense distrust, even among their own family and friends. And yet, this is the situation within which the church must carry out its mission. If we speak of contextual theology, a locus theologicus, it is within this context of vulnerability and weakness that we must start today. If we are to speak of evangelisation or re-evangelisation this is the locus where it must happen, for all those who present themselves as witnesses to truth. Rev Dr Patrick Claffey is a lecturer at the department of mission theology and culture at the Milltown Institute in Dublin

Explaining without Excusing- Catholic Ch…
Monday, 22 February 2010 at 19:00

The Catholic sexual abuse scandal in Ireland is a major chapter in the worldwide Catholic sexual abuse scandal. Unlike theCatholic sexual abuse scandal in the United States, the scandal in Ireland included cases of high-profile Catholic clerics involved in illicitheterosexual relations as well as widespread physical abuse of children in the Catholic-run childcare network.
Starting in the 1990s, a series of criminal cases and Irish government enquiries established that hundreds of priests had abused thousands of children in previous decades. In many cases, the abusing priests were moved to other parishes to avoid embarrassment or a scandal, assisted by senior clergy. By 2010 a number of in-depth judicial reports had been published, but with relatively few prosecutions.
In March 2010, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter of apology to address all of the abuse that was carried out by Catholic clergy.[1]
On Monday, May 31, 2010, Pope Benedict established a formal panel to investigate the sex abuse scandal, emphasizing that it could serve as a healing mechanism for the country and its Catholics. Among the nine members of the apostolic visitation were Cardinal Sean Patrick O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston (he investigated the Archdiocese of Dublin); Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, the Archbishop of New York (he investigated the issue of proper priestly formation and visited the seminaries), two nuns (who investigated women’s religious institutes and the formation there), Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, the Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, England; Archbishop Terrence Thomas Prendergast of Ottawa, Canada; and Cardinal-Archbishop Thomas Christopher Collins of Toronto, Canada.

Dr James Crossley
Monday, 8 March 2010 at 19:00

Dr James Crossley: Arabs, Jews, and Variations of Antisemitism in New Testament Scholarship!,,, the talk will take place in the gmb at 7pm, and will be followed by our usual full wine and beer reception running till around 11. this is a bring whom ever you like event.

James G. Crossley is lecturer in New Testament at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of The Date of Mark’s Gospel: Insight from the Law in Earliest Christianity and Why Christianity Happened: A Sociohistorical Account of Christian Origins 26???50 CE.

why read ancient greek texts in GREEK!!
Monday, 15 March 2010 at 18:00

Content: It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it: why ancient
Greek texts are worth reading in ancient Greek.

Ancient Greek texts lie at the heart of Western civilisation. They
include the New Testament; philosophical texts by Aristotle and Plato;
plays by Sophocles and Euripides; the Iliad and the Odyssey of Homer;
historical works by Herodotus and Thucydides. While these texts are
widely available in translation, Dr Philomen Probert, Oxford
University Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics explains
why Greek texts are worth reading in their original language.

Dr. Probert’s research interests include historical syntax, historical
prosody, ancient grammarians, Ancient Greek, Latin and Anatolian

Talk is held in the debating chamber of the GMB at 7pm,
Monday, 15th March, with full wine reception to follow no cheese though. See tcdtheo.com for more


Douglas Davies is Professor in the Study of Religion in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham. He is an authority in the history, theology and sociology of death. His fields of expertise also include anthropology, the study of religion, the rituals and beliefs surrounding funerary rites and cremation around the globe, and Mormonism. His research interests cover identity and belief, and Anglican leadership.

His current projects include writings on ‘The Encyclopedia of Cremation’, ‘The Clergy and British Society: 1940-2000′, ‘A Brief History of Death’, ‘Inner-speech and prayer’ and ‘Ritual purity’.

Within the University of Durham he teaches ‘Study of Religion,’ ‘Death, Ritual and Belief,’ ‘Theology and Anthropology’ and ‘Ritual, Symbolism and Belief.’

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