The Gamble of Faith by Kathryn E. Tanner On October 24, 2009

October 14, 2009

The Gamble of Faith
The Third Schubert M. Ogden Seminar on Systematic Theology
Saturday, October 24, 2009 (8:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.)
Kathryn E. Tanner, Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School
Presented by: Stalcup School of Theology for the Laity, Brite Divinity School
Northway Christian Church, 7202 W. Northwest Hwy., Dallas, TX

Christians in the modern period have often talked about faith as a kind of gamble: in the pursuit of salvation one is likely to incur costs for the sake of an uncertain gain. When trying to lead a Christian life, one risks the loss of the pleasures this world can offer, in hopes of a more ultimate and lasting happiness to come. What might such a conception of faith as a gamble imply about actual gambling? The seminar uses the current financial crisis–the result of gambling on a massive scale–to draw out a number of similarities and contrasts with the gamble of Christian faith and thereby provide a Christian perspective on recent failures in banking and financial markets.

Kathryn E. Tanner, Dorothy Grant Maclear Professor of Theology at the University of Chicago Divinity School, relates past thought from the history of Western theological traditions to areas of contemporary theological concern. She has lectured at educational institutions and churches in many countries and serves on the Theology Committee of the Episcopal House of Bishops. Her most recent book, The Economy of Grace (2005) marshals a theological argument for replacing the current capitalist economic system with a noncompetitive one that better reflects God’s own giving.

Registration is $35 and includes a light lunch. (Brite Students – $10))
To register or for more information: or 817.257.7580

Seminar Flyers Tanner.pdf