Category: History

CFP: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800 (York, 21-22June 2013)

Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800 The University of York 21-22 June 2013 Confirmed keynote addresses from: Nicky Hallett (University of Sheffield), Matthew Milner (McGill University), & Chris Woolgar (University of Southampton) Religion has always been characterised as much by embodied experience as by abstract theological dispute. From the sounds of the adhān (the […]

On Douthat & Butler Bass

Since the General Convention of the Episcopal Church this summer there’s been a war of words of sorts brewing on various blogs and even among more traditional media outfits. On one side, there are those who see the progressive nature of recent changes in the “mainline” churches as a woeful departure, if not outright disaster, […]

CFP: Proclus Diadochus of Constantinople and his Abrahamic Interpreters

Wednesday, December 12 – Sunday, December 16 Fatih University and Yildiz University İstanbul, Turkey In commemoration of the 1600th anniversary of the birth in Constantinople of Proclus, fourth last head of the Platonic Academy, we invite scholars to present papers both on Proclus’ own thought and his reception in the Abrahamic traditions. Prof. Carlos Steel […]

Thomas Traherne Studies and Their Future Directions/Future Directions for Traherne Studies

Friday, December 14 – Saturday, December 15 Selwyn College , Cambridge University Thomas Traherne (c.1637-1674) was a polymath with a distinctive theological vision. He wrote extensively, but remains a relatively obscure figure in seventeenth-century studies.  Traditionally misunderstood as a figure somewhat out of his time, he is frequently considered within the contexts of medieval mysticism […]

On “Why young people are becoming secular” by Rui Dai (HuffPost)

I don’t ascribe to many of mainstream Christianity’s doctrines and beliefs, such as taking the Bible at its word or believing that Christianity is the only true religion. - Rui Dai, “Why Young People are Becoming Secular” While these are (sadly) very popular positions they are hardly in the “mainstream” of historic (or even modern) Christianity. […]