Willson Lectures

March 30-31, 2012 - Richmond, Indiana

The Theology of Human Creation, Fall, and Redemption: The Quaker Paradigm Shift and Its Importance in the History of Christian Theology

Featuring: Rosemary Radford Ruether

*Due to personal reasons, Rosemary Radford Ruether will not be able to join us for her lectures. She will, however, be providing us with a video recording of each lecture, which we will be sharing at the original lecture times. She hopes to be available via Skype following each lecture for Q&A. If you have any questions regarding this change, contact Mandy Ford at fordma@earlham.edu*

OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rosemary Ruether, received her MA in Roman history and PH.D. in Classics and Patristics from the Claremont Graduate University (1960, 1965). She taught at the Howard University School of Religion (1965-1975), the Garrett School of Theology and Northwestern University (1975-2000), the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley California, (2000-2005) and is presently teaching at the Claremont Graduate University and School of Religion. She is the author of 47 books and numerous articles on feminism, social justice in theiology and church history.


FRIDAY, MARCH 30th at 7:00 pm

Women in Creation, Fall and Redemption
The classical Paradigm: this lecture traces the way women were undertood in the theology of Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Luther and Calvin.  Here women were seen as subordinate in the original order of creation, more guilty than men for the Fall, which mandates coercive subordination to male authorities and ultimate equally according to their merits in heaven, although this did not change their subordinate status on earth.

SATURDAY, MARCH 31st at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

The Egalitarian Paradigm in Theology: humanists, Baptists and Quakers of the 16th-17th centuries
In this lecture i show the challenge to the classical paradigm in a leading humanist, Cornelius Agrippa von Nettesheim, several Baptist women preachers, and especially the Quaker movement in the 17th century. Here men and women are seen as equal in the original order of creation, and domination of some over others is sinful. Women are called into full equality in society.

Quaker Feminist Theologians in 19th century America
This lecture analyses the thought of leading Quaker feminist theologians of 19th century America, especially Sarah Grimke anbd Lucretia Mott. Here women are see as created equal in creation, wrongly subordinated in sinful society and called into full equality in a redeemed church and society.

Lectures are free and open to the public. For more information contact Mandy Ford at (765) 973-2158

Event Date: 03/30/2012 - 7:00pm - 03/31/2012 - 1:00pm