Communitarianism, Cultural Bioethics, and the Limits of Principalism Supervisor: Dr Steve Matthews
The Church and Management: Synthesis of a Reorientation Framework for Management Theories Through a Theological Engagement with Management Science.
My doctoral project is an inter-disciplinary study that brings together theology and management science. The goal is to synthesize, through an appropriate theological method, a framework to reorientate management theories so as to render them more suitable for management in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as more conducive for human flourishing in all organizations. I hope that this project will contribute towards the theological scholarship that is much needed amidst an increasing influence of the managerial culture in both Church and society. My research includes a critical survey of how Catholic pastoral management literature has applied theories and tools from management science, an examination of the management field to identify its critical issues, and an analysis of the Second Vatican Council's Pastoral Constitution on the Church and the World Today, Gaudium et Spes, to draw implications on management from its teachings. In addition, the work of Bernard Lonergan plays a central role in the inter-disciplinary method I have adopted.
Theology as Interruption; Interruption as Theology: How does a theology of interruption help us to understand how we can think God today?
The aim of my dissertation is to discern the extent to which a theology of interruption can assist us to think God in today’s context. Utilising a hermeneutic-phenomenological methodology, I am conducting an analysis of the work of Lieven Boeve when he effects a theology of interruption, in order to apply his approach to a key Christian doctrine, namely, the doctrine of the Trinity. In doing so, I hope to be able to elucidate a contextually plausible and theologically legitimate understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity for today’s Christian.
Divine resonance: Instrumental Music as Acoustic Image in Christian Worship
The thesis investigates the generation of Christian meaning via the performance of instrumental music, separate from text, within a Christian worship context. The investigation is grounded in the epistemology and semiotic theory of Charles Peirce and incorporates the theological transcendental anthropology of Karl Rahner. The research will culminate in the development of a model of Christian musical-liturgical meaning-making, and, thus, offer a contribution to the field of liturgical studies, and within that, liturgical symbolic engagement.