A Christian Humanism
This lecture draws on humanist Christian sub-traditions (including, most prominently, Reformed Protestantism) in order to outline a particular theological view of the place of humans in the world, their possibilities and limits. The view locates humans as good, distinctively equipped, and limited participants within a wondrous and sublime creation. It acknowledges our chronic human fault or tendency to become curved in upon ourselves and our partial interests. Finally, it holds out hope for restraining inordinate impulses and also for the improvement and renewal of persons and communities.
About the Speaker
The featured speaker, Dr. Douglas Ottati, is Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice at Davidson College. He has taught at Union Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. His scholarly interests include contemporary theology and ethics, as well as the history of theology and ethics, particularly in America. He is a past president of The Society of Christian Ethics, and co-general editor of the multi-volume series “The Library of Theological Ethics”. His recent books include Reforming Protestantism: Christian Commitment in Today’s World, Hopeful Realism: Rediscovering the Poetry of Theology, Theology for Liberal Presbyterians and Other Endangered Species, and Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Creator (the first volume of a two-volume systematic theology). Currently, he is completing volume two, Theology for Liberal Protestants: God the Redeemer.
To see the song that this lecture inspired follow this link: https://ctl.davidson.edu/beinghuman/lecture-3-wonder/