DuBose Lectures & Alumni Gathering


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2017 DuBose Lectures

Guest Lecturer

The annual 2017 DuBose Lectures will be held on Sept. 27 and 28, 2017, on the campus of the University of the South's School of Theology. This year the School of Theology will welcome Mark McIntosh as the guest lecturer. All lectures will take place in Guerry Auditorium.

The Rev. Professor Mark McIntosh, Endowed Chair of Christian Spirituality at Loyola University, Chicago, holds degrees in history and in theology from Yale, Oxford, and the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the interface between systematic and historical theology, on the one hand, and the history and theology of Christian spirituality and mystical thought. Most recently he held the post of Van Mildert Professor of Divinity at Durham University, a joint appointment as canon residentiary of Durham Cathedral. In 2014, he rejoined the Department of Theology at Loyola, where he had taught for 16 years. A priest in The Episcopal Church, McIntosh has also served as chaplain to the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church and canon theologian to the 25th presiding bishop.

His research focuses on the interaction of trinitarian and Christological teaching and theological epistemology with Christian spiritual traditions and mystical thought; traditions of Christian Platonism in medieval, renaissance, and early modern thought; spirituality of learning, research, and teaching; the human calling and happiness; faith and reason; Plato, Plotinus, Augustine, Maximus, Eriugena, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Ficino, Traherne, Newman, Weil, Tolkien, C. S. Lewis.

Recent and indicative publications include "God as First Truth, the Will's Good, and Faith's Cause: The Theology of Faith and Newman's University Sermons,” International Journal of Systematic Theology, vol. 15/4 (October 2013): 416–436; “The Maker’s Meaning: Divine Ideas and Salvation,” Modern Theology, vol. 28/3 (July 2012): 365–84; and Discernment and Truth: The Spirituality and Theology of Knowledge (New York: Crossroad/Herder, 2004).


Green Trinity: Creation’s Mending and Trinitarian Life in an Age of Environmental Crisis

The renaissance of Trinitarian theology in our era, particularly emerging from the trauma of World War II, focuses especially on the mystery of the Trinity in relation to redemption and human suffering. Yet in an age of ecological concern, Christians have further vital resources to offer. These lectures explore Christian theological and mystical traditions that affirm the Trinitarian origin and destiny of the created universe, its inherent goodness, and the human vocation towards our fellow creatures.

Lecture 1) The Book of Creation: The Disenchantment of Nature and the Silencing of the Supernatural

Historians of early modern science now compellingly portray the running debate, whose legacy we inherit, between Renaissance thinkers who sought to recover the “lost language of Eden”—a vision of nature as an ongoing conversation between God and the creatures—and those, on the other hand, who sought to subject nature to human power for human benefit, and to facilitate that control of the natural world by marginalizing the divine presence in their analysis.

Lecture 2) Deeper Magic: The Mind of God and the Mystical Life of Creation

In the divine ideas tradition (in Augustine and Aquinas among others), the eternal begetting of the Word—God’s eternal knowing of God—includes God’s knowing of all creatures that have ever been or will be; and the eternal breathing of the Spirit includes God’s everlasting loving and delighting in all creatures. It is this Trinitarian ground of every creature that accounts for its imperishable meaningfulness and goodness; this eternal knowing and loving of every creature is the “deeper magic” (C. S. Lewis) hidden in creation’s calling.

Lecture 3) Everlasting Day: The Resurrection of Christ and the True Life of all Creatures

The incarnate Word bears within himself the deep truth of all creatures, which is one reason why Jesus speaks with such authority and attracts such devotion among all who find themselves re-created in his presence. The interior missions of the Word and Spirit continually work within creation the dying, rising, and Pentecost of Christ, allowing us a glimpse of creation’s vindication in the general Resurrection—and allowing us to wonder about the full meaning of Bede’s mysterious affirmation that “Christ is the Morning Star who, when the night of this world is past, brings to his saints the promise of the light of life, and opens everlasting day.”

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