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Suffering, Diminishment and the Christian Life

8th January 2018, 16:00 to 10th January 2018, 18:30, Ushaw College, Durham DH7 9RH

A 3 day conference with keynote addresses by:
· Dorothea H. Bertshmann: Sin, Suffering and Death in Paul
· Chris Cook: Thérèse of Lisieux: A Spirituality of Suffering
· Karen Kilby: The Seductions of Kenosis
· Bernard McGinn: Mystical Dereliction: Historical Explorations
· John Swinton: Suffering and Severe Mental Health Challenges? Theological Reflections on the Ambiguity of Psychological Suffering
· Anna Rowlands: Refugees and Political Theology: Suffering and Resistance
· Linn Tonstad: Vulnerabilities, Not Vulnerability: Considering Some Differences

Is love intrinsically linked to suffering? Are suffering, diminishment and loss on some fundamental level good? This is the direction in which recent theological emphases on vulnerability and kenosis might seem to point. In this conference we will seek to bring the question of the status and meaning of suffering in Christian life and Christian theology into focus, and to reflect on it from the perspectives of biblical, historical, pastoral, political and systematic theology.

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