PARADOSIS CONFERENCE 2019

Knowing Self & God:
Fresh Approaches to Christian Identity & Spirituality

 

FRIDAY 17 MAY, 2019
MST – 5 BURWOOD HWY, WANTIRNA, VICTORIA

 

 

Identity and Spirituality are intricately connected. Spirituality, for John Macquarrie, signifies “becoming a person in the fullest sense.” In his Institutes, John Calvin argued that the knowledge of self and God are mutually intertwined. This conference seeks new ways to relate identity and spirituality based on the great wealth of material that the Christian tradition has to offer. How does knowing God and being known by him inform our daily life? How does a fuller knowledge of God and self sustain us in times of increasing relativism and pluralism?

This conference intends to speak into our increasingly postmodern and secular Australian society that has left a spiritual vacuum, desperately needing to be filled with esoteric eclecticism or the fatal “pursuit of wants“, where we buy “one product after another in a never-ending chain of purchase” (David Wells).

Drawing on the wide range of theological material in the Christian Protestant tradition, our speakers will offer fresh approaches of spiritual practice that equip us in our exploration of self and God by directing our attention to the one who came that we “may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10).

 

Keynote Speakers:

Rev Dr Brian S. Rosner
Principal – Ridley College

Known by God: Biblical Reflections on Personal Identity

 

 

 

 

Rev Dr Andrew Sloane
Senior Lecturer in Old Testament and Christian Thought,
Director of Postgraduate Studies – Morling College

The dissolving self? Dementia and Identity in Philosophical Theology

 

 

 

Breakout Session speakers:

Dr Rhys Bezzant – Ridley
The Spiritual Vision of Jonathan Edwards

Delle Matthews – MST
To What Extent Does Theological College Contribute to a Deepened Sense of Spirituality?

Dr Steve Bradbury – Eastern College Australia
Where Spirituality & Justice Meet: Spiritual Formation & Integral Mission 

Dr John Andersen
From Sinner to Saint: Identity Transformation in Paul’s Theology

Dr Andreas Loewe – Dean, Melbourne Cathedral
The Spirituality of Johann Sebastian Bach

Dr Thomas Kimber – MST
Relationality and Spirituality

Dr Christopher Green – MST/Eastern College Australia
Karl Barth on Sloth: the Couch Potato and his Theology

Dr James Eglinton – University of Edinburgh
Preaching to the secularised self: Herman Bavinck on preaching and preachers

Dr Robyn Horner – ACU
Ecumenical Perspectives on Christian Identity

Dr Matt Jacoby – MST
Identity and Responsibility

Lidia Lae – University of Melbourne
Who am I? Insights from Psychology and Theology

Dr Michael O’Neil – VOSE
The Role of Baptism in Christian Identity Formation

 

Timetable:

9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome & Introduction
Parallel

Sessions 1

Spirituality: Key Theologians Education & Spiritual Formation Theological Perspectives
9:45 – 10:30 Rhys Bezzant
(Ridley College)
The Spiritual Vision of Jonathan Edwards 
Delle Matthews
(Melbourne School of Theology)
To What Extent Does Theological College Contribute to a Deepened Sense of Spirituality?
Michael O’Neil
(VOSE)
The Role of Baptism in Christian Identity Formation
10:30 – 11:15 John Andersen
From Sinner to Saint: Identity Transformation in Paul’s Theology
Steve Bradbury
(Eastern College Australia)
Where Spirituality & Justice Meet: Spiritual Formation & Integral Mission 
Christopher Green
(Melbourne School of Theology / Eastern College Australia)

Karl Barth on Sloth: the Couch Potato and his Theology

11:15 – 11:45 Morning Tea
Main Session 1

 

11:45 – 1:00

Brian Rosner
(Ridley College)
Known by God: Biblical Reflections of Personal Identity
1:00 – 1:45 Lunch
Parallel

Sessions 2

Spirituality Global & Ecumenical Perspectives Psychology & Philosophy
1:45 – 2.30 Thomas Kimber
(Melbourne School of Theology)
Relationality and Spirituality
James Eglinton
(University of Edinburgh)
Preaching to the secularised self: Herman Bavinck on preaching and preachers
Lidia Lae
(University of Melbourne)
‘Who am I? Insights from Psychology and Theology’
2.30 – 3.15 Andreas Loewe
(Dean, Melbourne Cathedral)
The Spirituality of Johann Sebastian Bach
Robyn Horner
(Australian Catholic University)
Ecumenical Perspectives on Christian Identity
Matt Jacoby
(Melbourne School of Theology)
Identity and Responsibility
3.15 – 3.30 Afternoon Tea
Main Session 2

 

3.45 – 4.45

Andrew Sloane
(Morling College)
The dissolving self? Dementia and Identity in Philosophical Theology

 

Registration fee includes morning tea, light lunch and afternoon tea