St John's Visiting Scholar

St John's Visiting Scholar 2018

David Maxwell, Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of Cambridge.

Title: “World Christianity: Conceptualizing Local and Universal Expressions of the Christian Faith”

Date: Tuesday 17 July, 6:00-7:00pm

Venue: Hunter Council Chambers, Victoria University of Wellington (Kelburn Pde)

In an increasingly globalized world the global character of Christianity has come into much sharper focus. Christianity is being reshaped in profound ways globally, and also right here in New Zealand. In this context, formations and formulations of World Christianity have become extraordinarily significant and the object of intense debate.

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Geoff Troughton

St John's Visiting Scholar 2017

Professor Emerita Gillian Clark University of Bristol,  gave a series of 3 public lectures in August 2017, examining Augustine's central, most influential and contested ideas, exploring their context and origins and assessing their enduring significance.

Lecture one:    Peace and Empire: Augustine’s two cities.

Lecture two:     Where does evil come from?

Lecture three:   What happens in a life? Grace, chance and narrative.

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Gillian Clark is Professor Emerita of Ancient History, University of Bristol, and a Fellow of the British Academy, which is a Fellowship, a funding body, and a forum for debate. Her degrees are from Oxford, where she was an undergraduate and graduate student, then a Junior Research Fellow, at Somerville College. She works on the social and intellectual history of the Roman empire in the fourth and fifth centuries CE, with a central concern for the relationship of Christianity to other religions, and a special interest in the writings of Augustine, bishop of Hippo. She also co-edits the series Oxford Early Christian Studies / Texts (OUP) and Translated Texts for Historians 300-800 (Liverpool UP). Publications include Women in Late Antiquity (OUP 1993), Augustine: Confessions 1-4 (CUP 1995), Porphyry: On Abstinence from Killing Animals (Duckworth / Cornell 2000), Christianity and Roman Society (CUP 2004), Late Antiquity: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2011), Monica: An Ordinary Saint (OUP 2015), and many papers, some collected in Body and Gender, Soul and Reason in Late Antiquity (Variorum 2011). Her kind friends Carol Harrison, Caroline Humfress, and Isabella Sandwell co-edited her Festschrift, Being Christian in Late Antiquity (OUP 2014).

St John’s Visiting Scholar in Religion 2015

Religious Studies is delighted to announce the schedule for four lectures commencing on Monday 3 August at Maclaurin LT103, 6pm.Gushee

The theme for the 2015 series is: “Christian memory and witness in a time of violence”. The lectures will be delivered by Professor David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. Professor Gushee is a prolific author, a well-known commentator in national media, and widely recognised as one of the leading Christian ethicists in North America today.

Titles for Professor Gushee’s lectures are as follows:

  • Remembering the Holocaust: The witness of the ‘Righteous Gentiles’
  • Christian witness in public life: What value does it add?
  • Remembering Jesus and the task of Christian ethics
  • Changing my mind: Theology, ethics and same-sex relationships

A full schedule, with venue details, is attached. For further information, contact Dr Geoff Troughton:

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The Inaugural ‘St John’s Visiting Scholar in Religion’ Lecture Series July / August 2012.

Victoria University of Wellington and St John’s in the City collaborated to bring an eminent scholar in Religion to New Zealand. The 2012 St John’s Scholar gave public lectures in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland and attended a seminar held by St John’s in the City.

An internationally renowned theologian, Professor Cavanaugh visited Victoria University from July 29-August 5 as the 2012 “St John's Visiting Scholar in Religion”. William T. Cavanaugh is a Senior Research Professor at DePaul University in Chicago. He is Senior Research Professor at the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology at DePaul University in Chicago. He completed his PhD (Duke University) under the supervision of Stanely Hauerwas, with a dissertation on "Torture and the Eucharist in Pinocher's Chile". Professor Cavanaugh's many publications include influential books on torture, political theology, economics, and consumerism. His 2009 book, The Myth of Religious Violence, is called an “exceptional monograph” by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, while philosopher Charles Taylor deems it “essential reading for any who want to be cured of Western self-righteousness”. Four public lectures were held at Victoria University of Wellington and Professor Cavanaugh talked to full houses with many people attending all four public lectures. Professor Cavanaugh was also interviewed by Chris Laidlaw at Radio New Zealand on the 5th August 2012.

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