Gifford Lecture Series - The Scandal of Particularity
- The sixth and last lecture in the University's Gifford Lecture Series for 2017, this year to be given by Professor Michael Rea on the theme 'Though The Darkness Hide Thee: Seeking the Face of the Invisible God'. Over the course of six lectures, Professor Rea, Director of the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame in the USA, has taken a theologically informed approach to the topic of 'divine hiddenness', the idea that God’s existence is far less evident — and that vivid, unambiguous experience of God’s presence is much less frequent — than one might expect from a perfectly loving deity. Philosophers often treat divine hiddenness as evidence that God doesn’t exist but, according to Professor Rea, that line of thinking is based on drawing parallels between divine love and human love. In these lectures, he will contend that it is not reasonable to believe that perfect, divine love would resemble human perceptions of ideal parental or romantic love.
- Professor Michael Rea
- Open to
- All staff and students, Public
- Wednesday, 05 April 2017
- 5:15 PM to 6:30 PM
- Parliament Hall, South Street
- Dr Ryan Mullins
- More info
Professor Rea's first lecture was given on Monday 27 March on the subject of 'Hidden God'; the other lectures have been: Lecture 2 God and the Attributes; Lecture 3 Divine Love and Personality; Lecture 4 Divine Presence in a Material World; and Lecture 5 A God to Contend With.
More detailed notes on the content of each lecture can be found on the Gifford Lecture Series webpage.