Divinity Research Seminars

Divinity Research Seminars
Theological Ethics

Time: Mondays, 15:00–17:00, starting 22 Jan

Location: Humanity Manse Seminar Room (G01), MS Teams

Chair: Prof. Brian Brock (b.brock@abdn.ac.uk)

The subject of the seminar will be Hans Ulrich’s Transfigured not Conformed.




22 Jan

Introduction (pp. 1–24)

29 Jan

Ch. 1

5 Feb

Ch. 2

12 Feb

Ch. 3

19 Feb

Ch. 4

26 Feb

Ch. 5

4 Mar

Ch. 6

11 Mar

Ch. 7

18 Mar

Ch. 8

25 Mar

Ch. 9



22 Apr

Hans Ulrich visit

Practical Theology

Time: Fortnightly on Wednesdays, 15:00–16:30, starting 31 Jan

Location: MS Teams

Chair: Dr Emma Percy (emma.percy@abdn.ac.uk)

Our fortnightly on-line seminars this term will look at how we might think about flourishing. They will be interspersed with two presentations from our own graduate community.




31 Jan

Rev Canon Dr Joanna Collicutt (Harris Manchester College, Oxford)

“The Psychology of Flourishing and the Need for Meaning”



14 Feb

Cody Crawshaw (University of Aberdeen)

“‘I’ve opted out of climate anxiety’: A Theological Consideration of Responses to Climate Change in Those with Anxiety Disorders”



28 Feb

Dr Bethany Sollereder (University of Edinburgh)

“Compassionate Theodicy: The Possibility of Theodicy for Those Who Suffer”

Note: This meeting will be hybrid (venue TBC) and a chance for those in Aberdeen to have a drink together afterwards.



13 Mar

Prof. John Swinton (University of Aberdeen)

title TBC



27 Mar

Brent Bouton (University of Aberdeen)

“Overcoming the Distance: The Role of Racial Awareness in Solving the Persisting Problem of Church Segregation”

Biblical Studies

Time: Wednesdays, 15:00–16:30, starting 31 Jan

Location: Humanity Manse Seminar Room (G01), MS Teams

Chair: Dr Katy Hockey (katherine.hockey@abdn.ac.uk)




31 Jan

Prof. Joachim Schaper (University of Aberdeen)

“The Elusive Concept of ‘Justice’ in Sumer and Israel”

7 Feb

Payton Miller (University of Aberdeen)

“The Body of the High Priest in Leviticus 21 and the Preservation of the Blemished Flesh”

14 Feb

Workshop: Abstract Writing for Conferences

22 Feb (Thurs.)

Prof. Katharine Dell (University of Cambridge)

“What are you doing here, Master Elihu?: The role(s) of Elihu in the book of Job”

Note: This seminar will be on Thursday, 15:00–16:30 in Crombie A03.

28 Feb

Prof. Grant Macaskill (University of Aberdeen)

“The Translation of 2 Enoch and the Tasks of Scholarly Research”

6 Mar

Dr Sofanit Abebe (Oak Hill)

“Otherness and the Hostile Other in 1 Peter: A Spatial Reading”

13 Mar

Dr Mark Nanos

“From ‘My’ Gospel to ‘Our’ Gospel: Why Paul Shaped Galatians Around ‘Two’ Revelations”

20 Mar

Prof. Teresa Morgan (Yale)

“Biblical Ethical Reasoning: Two New Testament Case Studies”

27 Mar

Olga Vasiloglou (University of Aberdeen)

“And I Heard a Voice from Heaven: Sound as Symbol in the Apocalypse of John”



24 Apr

Prof. Grant Macaskill (University of Aberdeen)

“On Writing a Theological Commentary on Romans: Programmatic Reflections”

Systematic Theology

Time: Thursdays, 15:30–17:00, starting 25 Jan

Location: Humanity Manse Seminar Room (G01), MS Teams

Chair: Dr Daniel Pedersen (daniel.pedersen@abdn.ac.uk)

In our seminar this year we will be reading the entirety of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s dogmatics, The Christian Faith, widely regarded as one of the most important works of theology ever written. Whether one agrees or disagrees with Schleiermacher in whole or in part, it is essential reading for understanding theology thereafter and its constructive influence and promise lives on to this day. We will begin by reading roughly the first half of The Christian Faith this autumn, and then read the remainder in the spring.




25 Jan

Christian Faith (CF) §§ 86-94

1 Feb

CF §§ 95-99

8 Feb

CF §§ 100-105

15 Feb

CF §§ 106-112

22 Feb

CF §§ 113-120

29 Feb

CF §§ 121-127

7 Mar

CF §§ 128-132

14 Mar

CF §§ 133-138

21 Mar

CF §§ 139-147

28 Mar

CF §§ 148-156



25 Apr

CF §§ 157-163

2 May

CF §§ 164-169

9 May

CF §§ 170-172

Historical Theology

Time: Fridays, 14:00–16:00, starting 26 Jan

Location: KQG3, MS Teams

Chair: Rev. Prof. John Behr (john.behr@abdn.ac.uk)

The Historical Theology Seminar this year will be on Irenaeus of Lyons (and second-century context), focussing on a close reading of the whole of Against the Heresies and the Demonstration of the Apostolic Preaching.

There will be a Teams page for this, where material will be posted. Please email John Behr (john.behr@abdn.ac.uk), copying Sophia Theodoratos (s.theodoratos.20@abdn.ac.uk), if you would like participate.

Religious Studies

Chair: Dr Sam Newington (s.newington@abdn.ac.uk)

The Religious Studies related seminar this term is in connection with The Aberdeen Classical Association:


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Dr Newington directly.

Philosophy of Religion

Time: Fridays, 14:30–16:00, starting 26 Jan

Location: Humanity Manse Seminar Room (G01), MS Teams

Chair: Dr Daniel Pedersen (daniel.pedersen@abdn.ac.uk)

For Spring 2024 we will be celebrating the publication of two new intellectual biographies of the collective work of Elizabeth (G.E.M.) Anscombe, Phillipa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch—four key figures in 20th century Anglophone philosophy. The seminar will involve close reading, philosophical analysis, and discussion of a selection of their key works. Each week we will read the equivalent of one article (or equivalent selection from a book—see below). Any students and staff from Philosophy, and Divinity, and beyond are warmly invited to attend.

To read in advance (pick one or both): Clare Mac Cumhaill and Rachel Wiseman, Metaphysical Animals: How Four Women Brought Philosophy Back to Life (London: Chatto and Windus, 2022); OR Benjamin J.B. Lipscombe, The Women Are Up to Something: How Elizabeth Anscombe, Philippa Foot, Mary Midgley, and Iris Murdoch Revolutionized Ethics (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022).

To purchase or borrow in hard copy: Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good (Abingdon: Routledge, 1970 [2001])

All other readings are available through the Aberdeen Library in electronic copy (to be linked or distributed).



Text Selections

26 Jan

Anscombe, ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’

2 Feb

Anscombe, ‘War and Murder’

9 Feb

Anscombe, ‘The Two Kinds of Error in Action’

16 Feb

Foot, Natural Goodness, Introduction and Chs 1-2

23 Feb

Foot, Natural Goodness, Chs 3-5

1 Mar

Foot, Natural Goodness, Chs 6-7 and postscript

8 Mar

Midgley, ‘Philosophical Plumbing’

15 Mar

Midgley, ‘Salvation and the Academics’

22 Mar

Midgley, ‘Have We a Nature?’



26 Apr

Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, Ch 1

3 May

Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, Ch 2

10 May

Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, Ch 3