Janet Soskice: Inclusivity and Christology Revisited

Date(s) - February 3, 2018
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver School of Theology

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Vancouver School of Theology G. Peter Kaye Lecture and Workshop with Prof. Janet Soskice

In partnership with St. Mark’s College

February 2, 7 pm, St Mark’s College


Pope Francis has recently written a book entitled The Name of God is Mercy. What’s in a name? When famously Moses asked God for a name at the burning bush, what answer did he get? How do the names we use to pray affect the way we think of God, and can we continue to use the traditional names without presenting a remote, powerful deity?

February 3, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Epiphany Chapel, Vancouver School of Theology


Brothers, fathers, sons and mothers. Where do we go with the Bible’s gendered language today? How do we name God newly and allow the Bible to speak today?

Janet Soskice is currently President of Jesus College, Cambridge and Chair of the Faculty of Divinity of the University of Cambridge where she is Professor of Philosophical Theology.

Janet was born in western Canada and studied at Cornell and Sheffield, prior to doing a doctorate in the philosophy of religion at Oxford University. While the Gordon Milburn Junior Research Fellow and subsequently as a lecturer at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, she taught philosophy or religion, ethics and doctrine at Oxford University and philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. She is the first Roman Catholic woman to be a Professor of Theology at one of Britain’s ancient universities.

Professor Soskice is a past-President of both the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain and of the Society for the Study of Theology. She has been a visiting professor in Canada, Sweden and the United States and in 1997 was a McCarthy Visiting Professor at the Gregorian University in Rome. In 2014 she was awarded a DD, honoris causa, by the University of London (Heythrop College). She takes an active role in Jewish-Christian relations, Anglican-Roman Catholic ecumenical discussions and the Christian- Muslim dialogue.

She is currently a Director of the ‘Bible and Classical Antiquity in 19th century Culture’ project through CRASSH (the Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities).

Professor Soskice is the author of Metaphor and Religious Language (O.U.P. 1984); The Kindness of God (O.U.P. 2007) and has edited (with Grant Gillett and K.W. Fulford), of Medicine and Moral Reasoning (C.U.P , 1994);with Diana Lipton, Feminism and Theology, Oxford Readings in Feminism (OUP, 2003) and with Carlo Cogliati, David Burrell, and W. Stoeger, Creation and the God of Abraham (Cambridge 2010), a collection which examines the doctrine of creation from nothing in Jewish, Christian and Muslim thought.

Her recent Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Lost Gospels (London: Chatto and New York: Knopf, 2009) was Book of the Week on Radio 4, in the Best Books of the Year lists of the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor and the Library Journal. She takes an animated interest in questions of genre and form in theological writing and was a member of the Writers’ Workshop for Theologians, lead by Marilynne Robinson, at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton in 2010, and in 2011 was a judge of the Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing. Professor Soskice is a Patron of the Westminster College Appeal, a Trustee of the Tablet and and Honorary Fellow of Blackfriars, Oxford.


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