Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rob MacSwain this Friday

From a previous post:
Our November meeting will be on St. Andrew's Day, Friday, 30 November, at 7:00 p.m.  in the meeting room across the street from The Camp House, 1427 Williams St., on the Southside. 

Photo of book co-edited by MacSwain
For our November meeting, we will have The Rev. Dr. Robert MacSwain, Assistant Professor of Theology and Christian Ethics, The School of Theology, The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.  His talk this evening is titled, “A Fertile Friendship: C. S. Lewis and Austin Farrer.”  It explores Farrer’s close friendship with both “Jack” and Joy Lewis, how each man understood and evaluated the other’s work, their similarities and differences, and what possible influence they may have had one another.

A philosophy graduate of Liberty University, Robert MacSwain studied theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and the University of Edinburgh, and Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary.  After an internship as Research Assistant to Archbishop George Carey at Lambeth Palace, he was ordained in 2001 and spent three years in parish ministry.  In 2004 he was awarded an Episcopal Church Foundation Fellowship and began doctoral studies with Canon Professor David Brown at the University of Durham.  However, in 2007 he followed his supervisor to the University of St. Andrews, and received his doctorate from there in 2010.  His dissertation, which focused on the religious epistemology of the Anglican theologian, philosopher, and New Testament scholar Austin Farrer, will be published in 2013 as Solved by Sacrifice: Austin Farrer, Fideism, and the Evidence of Faith.

His teaching and research interests combine philosophy, theology, ethics, literature, and spirituality with a particular focus on how these five disciplines interact within the Anglican tradition.  The author of several chapters, journal articles, book reviews, and poems, he has also co-edited four books: Grammar and Grace: Reformulations of Aquinas and Wittgenstein (with Jeffrey Stout), The Truth-Seeking Heart: Austin Farrer and His Writings (with Ann Loades), The Cambridge Companion to C.S. Lewis (with Michael Ward), and Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture: Responses to the Work of David Brown (with Taylor Worley).

Feel free to visit the Camp House coffee shop before the meeting.  We look forward to seeing you there.

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