The annual New College Lectures will be presented in 2013 by Professor Stanley Hauerwas from Duke University. The overall theme of the lecture series will be ‘The Work of Theology: Thinking, writing and acting politically’
In the series he will reflect on his own life and development as a theologian set against the work of other theologians, literary theorists, philosophers and ethicists.
The three lectures are:
‘How I Think I Learned to Think Theologically’ – In this lecture he will explore the character of practical reason as an exemplification of the kind of reasoning that is intrinsic to the theological task.
‘How To Write a Theological Sentence’– Drawing on Stanley Fish’s book ‘How to Write a Sentence,’ he will explore how difficult it is to write a sentence that expresses what we should say theologically about God.
‘How to (Not) Be a Political Theologian’ – In this final lecture Professor Hauerwas will show how politics has been at the heart of the first two lectures by drawing attention to current developments in political theology and the ways he does not consider himself to be a political theologian.
The Lectures will be held at New College within the University of New South Wales on the 17th, 18th and 19Th September at 7.00pm each evening.
Professor Stanley Hauerwas is an American theologian, ethicist and public intellectual. He currently teaches at Duke University serving as the Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke Divinity School with a joint appointment at Duke University Law School. He is considered by many to be one of the world's most influential living theologians and was named "America's Best Theologian" by ‘Time Magazine’ in 2001. His work is frequently read and debated by scholars in fields outside of religion, theology, or ethics, including political philosophy, sociology, history and literary theory.