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Public Lecture with David Tracy – ‘The Journey Within: Plotinus, Gregory of Nyssa & Augustine’

  • Course Dates: Sun 7 May 2017, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

David Tracy is perhaps the most eminent Roman Catholic, as well as North American, theologian of his generation. On Sunday 7 May, he will deliver a rare UK lecture at Sarum College.

Students of theology may know his Blessed Rage for Order (1975) and The Analogical Imagination (1980), as well as his attractive and enduringly timely essay on the character of intellectual conversation, Plurality and Ambiguity (1986).

Tracy’s writings of the last twenty-five years have “turned” with increasing intensity towards the fire of invoking and thinking God in our day. How can people today pray and think God – honestly, lovingly, and even powerfully – without betraying God’s silence or distracting attention from human suffering?

Around the time of his Gifford Lectures in 2000, Tracy was speaking and writing about ‘fragments’ as being the characteristic theological and spiritual forms of our time. In more recent years, he has also focused on the role of intuition of the Infinite for Christian theology and spirituality.

The theological world awaits Professor Tracy’s long-promised ‘book on God’. In the meantime, Sarum College is very honoured to host a rare UK opportunity for seeing and hearing one of the foremost Christian thinkers of our day.

There is an associated day conference, Interrelations: Spirituality and Theology, on Monday 8 May. Full details available here.

Please note that this lecture has been cancelled due to ill health.

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Course Details

Sun 7 May 2017
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
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David Tracy is the Andrew Thomas Greeley and Grace McNichols Greeley Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology and the Philosophy of Religions at the University of Chicago, and has also served on the University’s Committee on Social Thought.
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Please Note:
This lecture has been cancelled due to ill health. Contact Alison Ogden for any enquiries.
Course Price:
£7.50 or £5 for Sarum students. Optional supper is £10.