Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture

Theological Disputes: Public lecture series

27 Mar 2023 - by Liz Jakimow

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture has planned a series of public lectures by Centre scholars and affiliates, starting with a paper by Dr Peter Hooton, Adjunct Research Fellow in Public Theology at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture and former DFAT Assistant Secretary for Arms Control and Counter-Proliferation. Dr Peter Hooton will speak on ‘Embodying the Transcendent: On the Way to a Global Ethic’. 

The Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture has a significant number of scholars affiliated with the Centre, representing a depth and breadth of theological research. For the first time, these scholars will be sharing their knowledge and research with fellow academics and the general public. Public lectures planned cover a diverse range of topics, including Nietzsche, the Gospel of John, church discipline, political providentialism, demonology and post-foundational ecclesiology. One public lecture of particular interest will be ‘Australian history and the future of the Church’, given by Professor Wayne Hudson, who was recently elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

There are currently 10 public lectures planned, with one every month until November and more planned for 2024. Public lectures will occur from 12.30pm-1.30pm, making it suitable for those who prefer to go out during the day or people looking for something to do in their lunch-break. The public lectures will be academic in nature, but will also appeal to the general public, particularly clergy, people interested in theology or religion, or those looking for intellectual stimulation and debate.

Professor Anthony Maher said, ‘I am delighted to be bringing these Theological Disputes into the public square, highlighting the theological research we do at the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture, as part of Charles Sturt University. The transdisciplinary theological colloquia serve to bridge the divide between faith, theology and life.'

Attendance is free, but registration is requested. You can register for any public lectures in this series through Eventbrite.

See flyer below for all the public lectures planned for 2023 and 2024.