Blackfriars, St Giles, OX1 3LY
A lecture by Prof. Stephen Bullivant (St. Mary's University)
Free and open to the public
This event is in conjunction with the Aquinas Institute (Blackfriars Hall).
In the immortal words of Herbert McCabe, ‘Whatever we are referring to when we use the word 'God' it can no more be a god than it can be a model aeroplane or half-past eleven" (God Still Matters). This striking idea—the ‘atheism’ of true Christianity—has, in fact, a long pedigree. In this lecture, Stephen Bullivant traces its history from the early Church to the Angelic Doctor himself. The essential point is this: if our God really is who Christians claim he is, then all our words about him—including the word 'god'—must necessarily fall short of him.
Stephen Bullivant is Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion at St Mary's University, Twickenham and the Director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society. An in-demand popular speaker and writer, Dr. Bullivant is a Consulting Editor and regular columnist for The Catholic Herald. His articles have appeared in leading outlets including New Scientist, America, and The Guardian.