Academic Seminar Schedule
Wednesday, March 18
Mini-Seminar on the Clobber Passages: The Bible and Homosexuality
1:30-3:00 p.m. Rescuing the Bible from Sexual Misappropriation
3:30-5:00 p.m. What does the Bible Really Say about Homosexuality?
Friday, March 20
10:30-Noon Christianity Seminar Session One
Presiders: Glenna Jackson
Presenters: Chris Shea and Jason BeDuhn
Phase I of the Christianity Seminar does not cover the later periods from the third through six centuries when actual Christian canons begin to form semi-officially. So, Phase I of the Seminar cannot consider canon questions. But in its last sessions this spring the Seminar will examine ways that the ancient Greek and Roman cultures developed general senses—and in a basically non-religious manner—of what texts were important to read and what kinds of authority such writings carried. Similarly, this spring the Seminar will examine what kinds of non-canonical textual authorities were functioning in the first and second mostly decentralized centuries and for whom.
1:30-3:00 p.m. God Seminar Session One—From God to the Future
Presenters: Sarah Maurice Brubaker and Jordan Miller
The Fellows of the Seminar on “God and the Human Future” will reflect on the animating questions and key findings that have emerged from the seminar’s work to this point. Special emphasis will be given to the implications these questions and findings have on how to think theologically today.
3:30-5:00 p.m. Christianity Seminar Session Two
Presiders: Celene Lillie
Presenters: Erin Vearncombe and Hal Taussig
Session Two continues to examination texts that were important to read and the kind of authority they held in the decentralized first and second centuries.
Saturday, March 21st
10:30-12:00 God Seminar Session Two—
Cyborg Selves: Theological Anthropology of the Posthuman
Presenter: Jennifer Thweatt
Respondents: John Caputo and An Yountae
Author of Cyborg Selves Jennifer Thweatt will provide a brief summary of her book and sketch out further thoughts hinted at but undeveloped in the text with regard to the post-human and trans-humanism. Westar Fellows John Caputo and An Yountae will provide critical feedback to lead into the open discussion.
1:30-5:00 p.m. Christianity Seminar Session Three
Presiders: Deborah Saxon
Presenters: Erin Vearncombe, Brandon Scott, and Hal Taussig
In one of the last Phase I sessions of the Christianity Seminar, the Seminar takes up and considers ballots about the very complicated first and second century realities when most of the groups studied by the Seminar, over the last seven years, did not consider themselves Christian. That is, by and large, the categories of “Christian” and “Christianity” did not exist or did not have common definitions. A joint paper by Vearncombe, Scott, and Taussig lays out the issues and possible provisional categories and vocabularies for the Seminar to vote on.
3:30-4:00 p.m. God Seminar Session Three—
Varieties of the Human Future: Post-Humanism vs. Trans-Humanism
Presenters: Jennifer Thweatt, John Caputo, and An Yountae
This session will pick up where Session Two leaves off to draw the contours of what is at stake between thinking of the human future in terms of the post-human or in terms of trans-humanism. The aim of this session will be to come to a voting resolution that will guide the subsequent work of the seminar.
4:00-5:00 p.m. God Seminar Session Three continued—
Saving God from Religion: A Q&A session with Robin Meyers on a Minister’s Search for Faith in a Skeptical Age
Presenter: Robin Meyers and Natalie Perkins
Westar Fellow Robin Meyers has published a new book that has been described as a “revelatory manifesto on how we can reclaim faith from abstract doctrines and rigid morals.” This session will be a Q&A with the author to discuss how the book has been informed by, and can provide future direction for, the work of the God Seminar.