Come along to an academic videoconference seminar on Thursday 4 August. Professor Lieven Boeve is former Dean of Theology and Religious Studies at KU Leuven, Belgium, and now Director-General of Catholic Education in Flanders. His theological analysis of the current context in Europe, where Christianity is increasingly marginalised, leads him to search for new ways in which theology can speak meaningfully from the margins. He will share his insights as visiting scholar in the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, answering the following questions:
How can the Christian faith conceive of itself again in a dramatically changed and still changing (post) modern context? In a few decades the overall Christian character of the European continent seems to have disappeared. At the same time, this context is challenged more than ever with the question of religious, cultural and ideological plurality. What, then, is there to be done to profile the Christian faith in a contextually plausible and theologically legitimate way? In other words: what would be an appropriate Western contextual theology? And how does such theology relate to the changing context as well as to other theological ways to deal with it? The contextual interruption of Christian theology in Europe leads to a theology of interruption – resulting in a theology which is to be distinguished from both modern-correlationist and anti-modern theological approaches. Because God interrupts history.