‘What Current Roman Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality Doesn’t Say’
Andrew Cooke (Roehampton0
Please note that this seminar is taking place at a different time and in a different place.
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On Wednesday, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to present a paper at our research seminar. The motivation for the paper came from a point raised by Juan Luis Segundo in his Liberation of Theology. Segundo argues that, for Marx, the abolition of religion is ‘a precondition for the revolution rather than an effect of the revolution.’ This treatment closes off the possibility of religion playing a role in the development of critical consciousness. Religion is destroyed by an external force rather than transformed by an internal dynamic. The paper focused on the way that Hegel’s philosophy of religion provides the grounds for such an internal transformation. I particularly emphasised how later political theology picks up on Hegel’s philosophy.
 Juan Luis Segundo, Liberation of Theology, trans. John Drury (Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2002), 59.
At our last seminar, Marcus Pound and Tina Beattie led a conversation on the importance of psychoanalysis for theology. Marcus started the seminar with a brief overview of Lacanian psychoanalysis, explaining how Jacques Lacan developed Freud’s ideas by emphasizing the importance of speech. From there the conversation moved to the role of religion in psychoanalysis, including Freud’s discussion of the soul and the influence of Lacan’s Catholic upbringing.
We then turned to Tina’s work on Lacan and Aquinas. In her forthcoming book she argues that Lacan helps confront some of the Aristotelian problems that emerge in Aquinas work, particularly his understanding of creation.
The next research seminar will be 5:30-7:00 on 16 Jan in the Convent Parlour. The seminar will be on ‘Religion on the Couch: A Conversation on Theology and Psychoanalysis’ featuring a discussion between Prof Tina Beattie (Roehampton) and Dr Marcus Pound (Durham).
Rather than a typical paper, the seminar will consist of a dialogue between Prof Beattie and Dr Pound on the relevancy of psychoanalysis for contemporary theology. All are welcome.
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Lynn Thomas (University of Roehampton)
28 Nov 2012
Digby Stuart College
As this will be the final seminar of term, we’ll be going for a meal afterward. All are welcome. If you have any questions please contact Tommy Lynch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary of last DSRC seminar paper:
Dr Annabelle Mooney – ‘Death Alive and Kicking – Dianne Pretty, Legal Violence and the Sacred’
Please click on this link to see the Powerpoint presentation which accompanied the lecture.
Annabelle Mooney is a linguist specialising in discourses of law and religion, who drew on discourse analysis and Derridean deconstruction to expose unacknowledged quasi-religious assumptions and ideas that inform legal discourse in the British courts. She used the case of Dianne Pretty’s failed attempt to gain immunity from prosecution for her husband if he assisted her to commit suicide when her terminal illness became unbearable, to explore complex and troubling questions about law, religion and violence. Mooney argued that, although the law presents itself as separate from religion, it continues endorse implicitly religious concepts of the sacred, even while disclaiming the moral and religious dimensions of its operation. In its adherence to the authority of textual analysis (logos) and to the demands of legal precedent consistency (mythos), the law manifests characteristics of a ‘legal religion’ one which endorses religious values, the ‘religion of law’, in the name of the law. In the case of Dianne Pretty, Mooney argued that the religion of law was used to uphold the religion in law (the sanctity of life) – to deny a dying individual the right to choose the manner of her own death. In this way, the religion of law imposes a religion on those before it, regardless of their personal faith. [Summary written by Tina Beattie]