ITA Conference 2013

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Irish Theological Association Conference

Theologies of Human Flourishing

All Hallows College, Dublin 9

18-19 October 2013


18 October 2013

1900                Registration

1930                Prof. Dr. Johan Verstraeten (Leuven) A reflection on love and/or                           justice as preconditions to human flourishing. A critical reflection on                         Catholic Social Thought.

                        Chair: Fainche Ryan, Loyola Institute, TCD


2045                Wine reception

19 October 2013

0915                Registration

0930                Prof. Marcel Sarot (School of Catholic Theology, Tilburg University)                     Imitation as a Way to Flourishing: A Communal Perspective

                        Chair: Eamonn Conway, Mary Immaculate College, UL

1030                Coffee break

1045                Dr Mary Shanahan (St Patrick’s College, Thurles) A Loving Friend:                        Lessons from Ancient Greece

                        Chair: Diane Corkery, St. Patrick’s College, Thurles

1145                Parallel Papers

  • Torture, Crucifixion and Eucharist: Sacramental Imagination and Human Flourishing

David Tombs, Trinity College Dublin

  • The symbolism of the boat in Van Gogh’s paintings as a spiritual journey

Yong Nam Park, All Hallows College, DCU.

  • Human Flourishing, Mental Health and Well-Being

Mary Steffanazi

  • (Re)Imagining Jesus : Receiving the Jesus Film in History and Tradition

Paul Clogher (Waterford Institute of Technology)

  • Natural Law in the Theology of David Novak

Brigid Curtin, Mater Dei Institute

  • Faith in a rhizomatic age – a post-modern problematic

Fiachra Long, UCC

  • Expanding Religious Identity

Stella Durand

  • Exploring “Human Flourishing” as an Aspect of the Art of Meinrad Craighead

Amanda Dillon

1330                Lunch

1430                Prof. Declan Marmion (St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth) Theology and                   Anthropology: Can we still learn from Karl Rahner?

                        Chair: Mary Mccaughey, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth

1530                Irish Theological Association AGM


Johan Verstraeten is Professor of Ethics at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (Catholic University Leuven), as well as being the coordinator of the research unit ‘Theological Ethics’ and the director of the Centre for Catholic Social Thought. He is a member of the editorial boards of Business Ethics: A European Review, The Journal of Catholic Social Thought and Ethical Perspectives. He is editor of Scrutinizing the Signs of the Times in the Light of the Gospel (Leuven Peeters/University Press, 2005) and co-editor [with Johan Leemans, Brian J. Matz] of Reading Patristic Texts on Social Ethics. Issues and Challenges for Twenty-First-Century Christian Social Thought (Washington, The Catholic University of America Press, 2012).

Marcel Sarot is Professor of Fundamental Theology at Tilburg School of Catholic Theology (TST) of Tilburg University. From 2005-2009 he was Director of the Netherlands Research School for Theology and Religious Studies NOSTER (2005-2009), and Professor for the History and Philosophy of Religious Studies and Theology at Utrecht University (2005-2012). In 2007 he was ordained permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Utrecht. His publications include [with D. Fergusson] (eds.), The Future as God’s Gift: Explorations in Christian Eschatology (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2000; reprint London: Continuum, 2005) and “Christian Fundamentalism as a Reaction to the Enlightenment”, in: Bob Becking (ed.), Orthodoxy, Liberalism, and Adaptation: Essays on Ways of Worldmaking in Times of Change from Biblical, Historical and Systematic Perspectives, (Leiden: Brill, 2011), 249–267

Mary Shanahan teaches philosophy and religious studies at St Patrick’s College, Thurles. She was awarded the UCD Open Postgraduate Scholarship (2005) and the UCD MacIntyre Scholarship (2009). Her recent publications include ‘Responsible Reciprocity: Ethical Friendship in Plato and Levinas’, Yearbook of the Irish Philosophical Society, (February 2010) and ‘Establishing an Ethical Community: Taylor and the Christian Self’, in Ian Leask, Eoin Cassidy, Alan Kearns, Fainche Ryan and Mary Shanahan (eds.), The Taylor Effect: Responding to a Secular Age, (London: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010).

Declan Marmion SM is Lecturer in Theology at St. Patrick’s College Maynooth where he is currently Acting Head of the Department of Systematic Theology. He has recently been appointed Editor of the Irish Theological Quarterly. Previously he taught at the Milltown Institute where he was Head of the Department. of Systematic Theology from 2006 to 2010. His research interests include Trinitarian Theology, the Theology of Karl Rahner, Christian Identity in a Postmodern Age and the Relationship between Theology and Spirituality. His recent publications include An Introduction to the Trinity, with R. van Nieuwenhove, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2011 and Faith Questions, [ed.] with Brendan Leahy, Dublin, Columba Press, 2013.


Conference fees (including wine reception, coffee break and lunch)

Fee                               €50

ITA members               €40

Students                       €30

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