Gospel of Matthew

Jesus and the ‘Egyptian’ Other in Matthew 2

23 August 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
The narration of the flight of the infant Jesus to Egypt—found only in Matthew’s gospel (Matthew 2:13-23)—clearly resembles Old Testament narratives of Moses and of the exodus in both content and design. Misinterpretations of the placement of Hosea 11:1, however, have prevented a clear understanding of Matthew’s purpose for this story. A social-identity hermeneutic will add insight into both the placement of the fulfillment citation and the function of the account. Presented by Dr Linda Stargel.

The Reception of Paul in Athenagoras' Presbeia Peri Christianōn'

23 August 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
In this paper, I will examine the quotations of and allusions to the writings of the Apostle Paul in the second century apologetic text “A Plea for the Christians” (Presbeia Peri Christianōn) by the Athenian apologist Athenagoras. The apologist’s references to the Athenian narrative of Acts 17 will also be considered as a source of Pauline tradition. It will be seen that Athenagoras, independent of his contemporaries, was significantly influenced by Pauline thought. Presented by Mr David Evan.
Stained glass

A Spirit-Word-Community Hermeneutic for Brueggemann’s “Preaching as Reimagination” Model

27 September 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
A Spirit-Word-Community hermeneutic for preaching is proposed. It provides the foundation for a Spirit-led redescription of the world. It is Word and community that establish the parameters for responsible preaching. Presented by A/Prof Neil Pembroke.
The Pope

Truth, not Custom: Faith and Reason in Joseph Ratzinger’s Theology

26 July 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
Joseph Ratzinger expresses a concern that modern Western societies are dying from communal identity drained of any universally valid rationality. A key question for Ratzinger is this: How are we to participate in a shared world and a shared project of advancing the common good if we can no longer appeal to a common rational order? He is most critical of modernity at exactly the point at which he is most allied with it: in a commitment to the rational foundations of a properly human, properly secular order. Presented by Dr Ben Myers.

Brain matters

Pre-Programmed Computer or Irrational (Random) Agent: A Wesleyan Reflection on Human Freedom in the Light of Current Neuroscience

26 July 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
The association between the operation of the brain and a computer is frequently made. The claim that we are hardwired to act in certain ways is critiqued from a Wesleyan theological anthropology. Presenter: Dr David McEwan.

World Religions Symposium 2019

17 July 2019 9:30am2:00pm
Studies in Religion at UQ is again sponsoring its annual World Religions Symposium for Year 11 Students in 2019.

The Perpetual Sacrifice of the Ecclesial Christ: Moral Formation and the Cross in Ephesians

24 May 2019 2:00pm4:00pm
This paper will argue that Ephesians presents the sacrifice of Christ as the means and mechanism of the moral transformation of the Church. The sacrifice of Christ will be shown to be conceived of by Paul as a two-fold reality consisting of: (i) the once-for-all event of Christ’s sacrificial death and resurrection by which redemption was achieved, and (ii) an ecclesial/ethical reality by which the Church as the body of Christ perpetually participates in the sacrifice of Christ by performing grace-empowered works of sacrificial love that result in individual and ecclesial transformation.
Text on ancient parchment

Cohering Isaiah: A Relevance-theoretic perspective

3 May 2019 2:00pm2:30pm
A public talk by Jeremy Wales, UQ PhD candidate.
All are welcome.
Music worship

Transformational Christ-world Encounter via instrumental Music Performance within Christian Worship

26 April 2019 3:00pm4:00pm
The performance of instrumental music (separate from text) within Christian worship can play a crucial role in the symbolic mediation of God’s self-communication and in Christian transformation. The non-verbal, qualitative, and indeterminate nature of instrumental music in conjunction with its contextualisation in a particular worship context enables instrumental music to function potentially as a Christian symbol offering unique Christian insight and experience.
Theology in the universe

The Servant-Queen: Herman Bavinck on the Place of Theology in the University

26 April 2019 2:00pm3:00pm
There is much that can be gleaned from Bavinck’s account of the place of theology in the university that holds relevance for contemporary secular universities. Bavinck maintained that theology reigns yet reigns as a Servant-Queen. Like Christ himself, theology is exalted through its abasement, elevated through its abnegation, and glorified in its lowliness.

Islam and the Qur'an

28 February 2019 4:00pm8:00pm
The Studies in Religion Program at the University of
Queensland in collaboration with St Thomas More College
will be hosting a Continuing Professional Development
seminar on Islam and the Qur’an. The seminar is aimed at secondary
school teachers working with the Studies of Religion
secondary school curriculum.

Science-Religion Narratives in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

14 November 2018 2:00pm2:30pm
Presenter: Mr Oliver Zambon, PhD candidate, Studies in Religion

No-Bodies: On the Imageless image of God

26 October 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Janice McRandal

Ritual Apologies and Reconciliation in Australian Society

26 October 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by John Fitz-Herbert

Education between Tree, Tower, and Temple: How the Knowledge Project (De)Forms Us

24 August 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dave Benson, Malyon College, Brisbane

A Theology of Complexity for Ministerial Formation in Times of Change

24 August 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Graham Stanton, Ridley College, Melbourne

World Religions Symposium 2018

18 July 2018 9:30am2:00pm
Studies in Religion at UQ is again sponsoring its annual World Religions Symposium for Year 11 Students in 2018.

Some Sabbath Literary Sources Available to Luke

1 June 2018 3:00pm3:30pm
Anthony Kent PhD thesis review

Educating Leaders for Christian Eco-Mission

25 May 2018 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Clive Ayre

The Relational Trinity and the Firm as a Moral Community

16 March 2018 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Neil Pembroke
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World Religions Symposium 2017

12 July 2017 9:30am2:00pm
Annual symposium for Year 11 students
Peter Hobson discipleship

The Grammar of Followship

16 June 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presenter: Dr Peter Hobson
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Theory and Practice of Yoga in the Mahābhārata Epic

26 May 2017 3:00pm3:30pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by Chris Gibbons
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Exploring Salvationist dimensions of holiness in the Anthropocene

26 May 2017 2:30pm3:00pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by Matthew Seaman
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Measuring miracles in young-earth creationism

19 May 2017 2:00pm2:30pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by Joshua Klose
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Exploring the Nexus between Academic Freedom and Ecclesial Expectations

12 May 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dean Smith and Rob Fringer
Michelangelo 'The Creation of Adam' hands; Image via Pixabay, CC0 Public Domain

Imaging Nothing: Kierkegaard and the Imago Dei

7 April 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Peter Kline
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Overcoming Division in an Organisation: Dialogue and a Team Confrontation Method

17 March 2017 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor Neil Pembroke (UQ)
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Church, State, and Global Ecological Health

17 March 2017 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Rev. Dr Clive Ayre (UQ)
cover of book 'A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom' by Andrew D. White; Image courtesy of Dr Edward B. Davis

Redefining Conflict: Science, Religion, and the Protestant Tradition

9 March 2017 3:00pm3:30pm
Thesis review milestone seminar presented by James Ungureanu
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The Evangelical Church and Homosexual Practice

21 October 2016 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dr Dean Smith
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Apologetics and the Visual Arts

21 October 2016 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Dr Wendi Sergeant
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Governing the Church: Adding Ecclesiology to Economics & Ethics

23 September 2016 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Rev. Dr Anita Monro (UQ)
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Cosmopolitan Islam

23 September 2016 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Dr Aaron Ghiloni (UQ)
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World Religions Symposium 2016

13 July 2016 9:30am2:00pm
Annual symposium for Year 11 students
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States of Origins: Theology and Evolutionary Biology in Australian Baptist Theological Colleges

13 May 2016 2:00pm2:30pm
Confirmation milestone seminar presented by Timothy Ruben
Bible on altar; Image by Ib Rasmussen (Own work), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Correlational Theology in the Pulpit

29 April 2016 3:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor Neil Pembroke (UQ)
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Personal and Community Well-being: A Wesleyan Theological Framework for Overcoming Prejudice

29 April 2016 2:00pm3:00pm
Presented by Associate Professor David McEwan (UQ)
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Ecology, War, and the Path of Reconciliation

18 March 2016 2:00pm4:00pm
Presented by Dr Clive Ayre (UQ)