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Lent 2010 Schedule 

   Thursday, 21 January, 5-7pm
   N7, Pembroke College

           Prof. John Coffey (University of Leicester)
           'Intellectual History and the Return of Religion'

         The 'return of religion' has been evident in the study of intellectual history over the past two decades, as it has in history
         and the humanities more generally. This paper will outline this development, and will reflect on the reasons for that return
         and its significance. Illustrative case studies will include a review of scholarship on the Enlightenment.         

         John Coffey is Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Leicester and was previously a member of the  
         Cambridge history faculty. He recently co-edited both The Cambridge Companion to Puritanism (Cambridge University 
         Press, 2008) and Seeing Things Their Way: Intellectual History and the Return of Religion (University of Notre Dame 
         Press, 2009). Prof Coffey is known for his work on politics, religion and ideas in early modern Britain and America and is 
         the author of Politics, Religion and the British Revolutions: The Mind of Samuel Rutherford (Cambridge University Press, 
         1997), Persecution and Toleration in Protestant England, 1558-1689 (Longman, 2000), and John Goodwin and the Puritan 
         Revolution: Religion and Intellectual Change in Seventeenth-Century England (Boydell and Brewer, 2006).

   Thursday, 18 February, 5-7pm
   N7, Pembroke College

           Dr Alison Searle (Anglia Ruskin University)
           'Imagining Biblically? The Bible, Creativity and Literary Studies' 

          'Imagining' has been at the core of attempts to define literature for centuries. It has had a rich, if at times contested and 
          antithetical, relationship with the biblical text. This paper will explore aspects of what it means to 'imagine biblically'. It 
          will focus on the nature of inspiration, creativity, and the implications which the scriptural narratives of creation and the 
          cross have for aesthetics and the practice of literary criticism.
          Dr Alison Searle is a Research Associate on the the AHRC-funded Complete Works of James Shirley (forthcoming with 
          Oxford University Press in 2015). She is also Visiting Research Fellow at the Dr Williams's Centre for Dissenting 
          Studies. Her research interests include seventeenth-century British literature; trans-Atlantic Puritan literary traditions;    
          theories of the imagination; the relationship between literature and theology and the epistolary genre. She has published 
          a number of articles in these areas and is the author of 'The Eyes of Your Heart': Literary and Theological Trajectories of
          Imagining Biblically (Paternoster, 2008).

   Thursday, 11 March, 5-7pm
   Rushmore Room, St Catharine's College

           Prof Roy Clouser (The College of New Jersey)
           'The Myth of Religious Neutrality: How Beliefs Underlie Scholarship' 

           This presentation will argue that all theories of science and philosophy presuppose something as divine and are in that 
           sense religiously regulated. The divinity belief presupposed internally regulates theories in that the interpretation of 
           the nature of their postulated entities varies relative to the nature of the divinity presupposed. This sort of internal 
           regulation is not just socio-cultural influence, but arises from the very activity of theory formation and so is universal 
           and unavoidable. The influence of religious belief is thus deeper and more pervasive than the prevailing view that 
           theories need only be externally harmonised with particular religious tenets.

           Case studies of the most influential theories in various disciplines will illustrate how such theory-regulation works. 
           Finally, principles will be proposed to show how this same sort of regulation can be brought to theories when the         
           controlling presupposition is belief in the Christian God. These principles will draw on the model of a uniquely Christian-
           theistic philosophy and science developed by the Dutch Calvinist philosopher Herman Dooyeweerd (1894-1977).

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