Introducing the Network… Katharine Sarah Moody

12 04 2013

[This is the third in a series of posts in which those closely involved with the new network introduce themselves]

Katharine Sarah Moody

Katharine Sarah Moody

Working with Dan and Chris as a Research Associate for the Philosophy and Religious Practices (PRP) network, I’ve been affiliated with the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool since January 2013. As the RA, my role is to take the lead on the network’s mini-project, a small-scale study of the ways religious practitioners engage with philosophical texts.

My background is in Religious Studies but I’m increasingly working at the intersection of continental philosophy, radical theology and religious practices.

My doctoral studies at Lancaster University focused on the ‘emerging church’ – a new religious movement that explores Christian belief and faith in contemporary culture. The ‘emerging church conversation’ is diverse, but it often has a particular interest in how the so-called ‘postmodern turn’ in philosophy and theology might influence individual and communal life, and the cultural and philosophical contexts of ‘emerging Christianity’ are especially shaping the ways in which religious truth is being conceived in this conversation. This meant that I could take the philosophical notion of truth as a site from which to examine the generative relationships between postmodern or ‘post-secular’ philosophical theologies and material, lived, or everyday religious discourse and practice.

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Conference on Postmodern Philosophy and Church Practices

21 02 2013

In 2010, Drury University, Springfield, Missouri, hosted what many of its participants imagined to be the first conference bringing together theologians, philosophers and church practitioners to explore postmodern philosophy, radical theology, and church practice. Many ‘emerging’ and ‘progressive’ Christian events often try to engage with contemporary academic theory but often fail to do so in a sustained or rigorous manner and philosophers of religion, in particular, have been accused of disregarding lived religion in favour of abstract thought.

“Subverting the Norm: The Emerging Church, Postmodernism and the Future of Christianity” (Oct 2010) tried to provide space for a genuine dialogue between scholars and church practitioners. Many participants, myself included, felt that this was such an important endeavour that we asked its principal organiser, Phil Snider, to turn this one-off event into a conference series.

In April, Drury will host the second Subverting the Norm conference, “Can Postmodern Theology Live in the Churches?” This event will feature keynote talks from Derridean philosopher and deconstructive theologian John D. Caputo and emerging church practitioners and authors Peter Rollins and Kester Brewin, as well as from many others.

John D. Caputo

John D. Caputo

Kester Brewin

Kester Brewin

Pete Rollins

Pete Rollins

A recent Call for Papers generated a huge amount of interest and we now have a very packed schedule, which you can download here. Plus, Homebrewed Christianity will be launching their John D. Caputo Deacon-structor French Ale.

John D. Caputo Deacon-structor Ale

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