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Theology and the Globalised Present: Feastings in God at Midnight

McDowell, John C. (2010) Theology and the Globalised Present: Feastings in God at Midnight. In: The Melbourne College of Divinity Centenary Conference, 5-7 July 2010, Trinity College, Melbourme, Australia.

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This study relocates talk of "the future of God" in talk of the world's future in God, in God's creativeness expressed in hopeful performance. The context for the theological discussion is the significant pressure in possibilities for the very existence of hope generated by the detemporalised conditions for the making of selves in a "globalised" environment. Modernity's latest expression is closing the capacity for speaking adequately of the time required to become human, an erosion of selfhood in the accompanying erosion of certain ways of imagining time (Rowan Williams). This requires substantive ethical attention, conversation and interrogation simply because it renders fundamental possibilities for the shaping of human selfhood increasingly unavailable. In response, a theological vision is re-imagined to offer a contructive retemporalising interrogation and eschatological memory, with suggestions for beginning teased out broadly with reference to Eucharistic performance. Contrary to many expectations, this entails not so much a dreaming of a different world as a dreaming of this world differently, a temporality which is hope-generating, while critically attentive to the inequitable character of features of our world, and educative of ethical wisdom in a self regulating and emancipatory witness of remembering and anticipating the transformative presence of God.

Item Type: Conference Papers (Lecture)
Additional Information: John McDowell was a keynote speaker at the MCD Centenary Conference.
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords: Theology, globalisation, God, perception of time, human development
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220405 Religion and Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
C - Systematic Theology
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2010 04:03
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2016 01:46
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/576

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