Stories for Trinitarians: Tragedy, Romance, and Adventure with God

Date(s) - 10/04/2014
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Stories for Trinitarians: Tragedy, Romance, and Adventure with God
Eighth Jean and Patrick Henry, Jr. Seminar
October 4, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas

The Triune God is rather more weird and wonderful than Christians let on. In the standard view of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Spirit are distinct from one another, without adding up to more than one God. It is supposed to be impossible for any of these divine persons to know or to will something independently of the others; and yet, Christians routinely address Father, Son, or Spirit as if having a private conversation with one of them were a real possibility. Christians use predominantly male language and imagery to speak of divine persons, but God is properly neither male nor female. Conundrums like these reflect our deep yearnings for connection and our tendency to domesticate God. This seminar draws from classical and avant-garde theologies to explore the elements of tragedy, romance, and adventure in our everyday life with the Trinity.

20141004_Ed_WaggonerEd Waggoner, Assistant Professor of Theology in The Rt. Reverand Sam B. Hulsey Chair in Episcopal Studies, Brite Divinity School
Ed Waggoner taught at Yale Divinity School and Hartford Seminary before joining the faculty at Brite Divinity School. He offers courses in constructive, systematic, and liberation theologies. His current research projects include a constructive doctrine of the Trinity as the basis for claims about human experience of divine persons; a new interpretation of Friedrich Schleiermacher’s theological naturalism; and a critique of religious support for militarization in the United States. Ed recently published an article in the Journal of the American Academy of Religion, titled, “Taking Religion Seriously in the U.S. Military: The Chaplaincy as a National Strategic Asset.” Ed is a member of the Episcopal Church and has ongoing interests in issues facing the wider Anglican Communion.