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Session 1: Latour and Ecotheology

Latour, Bruno, 'Will Non-Humans Be Saved? An Argument in Ecotheology', The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Vol. 15, No. 3 (Sep., 2009), pp. 459-475

Session 2: Trees

Siewers, Alfred Kentigern, 'Trees' in Inhuman Nature, ed. by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (Washington, DC: Oliphaunt Books, 2014)

Kat Godeu: The Battle of the Trees from Legendary Poems from the Book of Taliesin, ed. and trans. by Marged Haycock (Aberystwyth: Dinefwr Press, 2007). See also notes to the text.

Old English The Dream of the Rood (modern translation)

Session 3: The Cloud of the Impossible

Keller, Catherine, 'The Cloud of the Impossible : Embodiment and Apophasis', in Apophatic Bodies : Negative Theology, Incarnation, and Relationality, ed. by Chris Boesel and Catherine Keller (New York: Fordham University Press, 2010)

Session 4



Session 1: Reading John Milbank

John Milbank, 'The Transcendality of the Gift.' in The Future of Love: Essays in Political Theology (Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, 2009)

Session 2: Discussing Alain Badiou

Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003)


Session 1: David Jones

David Jones, 'Art and Sacrament'

Session 2: Daphne Hampson

Daphne Hampson, Chapter 3: "Philosophical Fragments" in Kierkegaard: Exposition & Critique (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Session 3: Pseudo Macarius

Pseudo Macarius, Homilies 1, 5, 14, 15, 25, 30, 50.

Pseudo Macarius, Homily 18.

Session 4: Sarah Coakley

Sarah Coakley, Prelude and Extract 1 (pp 32-47) and Extract 2 (pp 48-61) from Chapter One, "Reacasting 'systematic theology': gender, desire, and théologie totale" in God, Sexuality, and the Self: An Essay 'On the Trinity'. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Session 5: Giorgio Agamben

Giorgio Agamben, Extract (pp 91-145) from The Highest Poverty: Monastic Rules and Form-of-Life. Trans. Adam Kotsko. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.


Session 8: John Milbank

John Milbank, "Glissando: Life, Gift and the Between" (in Between System and Poetics, ed. Thomas A.F. Kelly (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2007))

John Milbank, "The Eight Diagonals" (Preface to John Milbank's volume of poetry, The Legend of Death)

Session 7: Luce Irigaray and Theology

Luce Irigaray, 'The Redemption of Women' and 'Spiritual Tasks for Our Age' (in Key Writings).

Session 5: Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love

Excerpt 1: Vision of the Passion

Excerpt 2: Sin and Salvation

Excerpt 3: The Motherhood of Christ

Session 4: Theology and Phenomenology

Marion, 'Metaphysics and Phenomenology'

Janicaud, 'Phenomenology and the Theological Turn'

Heidegger, 'Phenomenology and Theology'

Session 3: C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

John Locke, An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding, I.ii.1-4.

Session 1: Maritain and Creative Intuition

Maritain, Creative Intuition in Art and Poetry [Section II, ‘Art as a Virtue of the Practical Intellect’; and Section IV ‘Creative Intuition and Poetic Knowledge’]

Rowan Williams, ‘Modernism and the Scholastic Revival’


Session 8: Theology and Poetry -- Prudentius

Prudentius, Peristephanon 3

Prudentius, Psychomachia

Session 7: New Atheism and its critique

Handout for Session 7

Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, Chapter 4

Karen Armstrong, The Case for God, Chapter 1

Terry Eagleton, Review of the God Delusion

Session 6

Robert E. Goss, ‘Luke’ (in: The Queer Bible Commentary ed. by Deryn Guest et al (London: SCM, 2006))

Jonathan Roberts and Christopher Rowland, ‘ ’Christian’ responses to same-sex relationships’ (in: from The Bible for Sinners by Christopher Rowland and Jonathan Roberts (London: SPCK, 2008))

Luke, Chs. 6 & 7

Session 5

Søren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling, Penguin Classics (pp. 41-48, 57-95)

Bible, Genesis 22:1-19 + Qur’an, Surah 37:102-112

Session 4

Dante, Purgatorio 3. and Thomas Aquinas, Summa contra gentiles, I. 9-14.

Session 3

Virgil, Aeneid. VI. 669–751

Session 2

Stanley Hauerwas, 'Salvation and Health: Why Medicine Needs the Church,' + 'The Fourth Word'


Religion and nature (PDF Document)

Defining Environmentalism (PDF Document)

Ecotheology and World Religions(PDF Document)

On Translating an Open Letter (PDF Document)

Scripture and Luther (PDF Document)

Giddens (PDF Document)

Turner (PDF Document)

Graham Ward (PDF Document)

John Schneider (PDF Document)