2012 New College Lectures

Friday 25 May, 2012
by Jonathan Billingham
Prof James K.A. Smith on how our actions flow from our most fundamental desires

The 2012 New College Lectures were very popular with the New College Common Room being filled for both lectures on May 23rd and 24th. Professor James K. A. Smith unpacked the theme Imagining the Kingdom: On Christian Discipleship and Action.

The first evening focused on how our actions flow from our most fundamental desires, longings and loves. He related this back to our Christian formation in a lecture titled ‘Erotic Comprehension: The Bodily Basis of Meaning’. On the second evening, James continued his explanation as to how desire can influence worship at talk titled ‘Sanctified Perception: How Worship Works’.

Both evenings drew very informed and diverse audiences with attendees from interstate, Regional NSW and Sydney. Students and lecturers from the University of New South Wales were represented in the audience, including residents of New College and NCV. We were pleased to welcome people of varied theological backgrounds from Reformed Evangelical, to traditional Anglo-Catholic as well as Roman Catholic, and a class of students studying Christian Worship from Avondale College who travelled down from the Central Coast for the second lecture. Question time was an excellent opportunity for discussion and the audience continued discourse on the topic over tea and coffee for an hour or two after the lecture.

Both talks from the 2012 New College Lectures are now available on the New College website, where you can also find a selection of audio from past New College Lectures.

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