The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South


Ellen Charry to Lecture on the Connection Between Theology and Emotion

Convocation Hall,

Ellen T. Charry is the Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her lecture is titled "Theology as a Guide for the Emotions." She will argue that Western theology has generally proceeded as though the mind operates quite apart from the emotions and more specifically that emotions upset the calm deliberations of the intellect in matters of religious belief. Such a position can no longer be maintained. The mind and the emotions are intimately integrated. This means that our emotions and our thinking mutually inform one another. This lecture will posit that theology intentionally arouses emotions in order to guide behavior and shape character.

Charry earned the M.A. and the Ph.D. in religion from Temple University following the M.S.W. from Yeshiva University and the B.A. from Barnard College. Her interest is in human flourishing in Christian perspective. Her monographs are Franz Rosensweig on the Freedom of God (1987), By the Renewing of your Minds (1997), and God and the Art of Happiness (2010). Her edited works are Inquiring after God (2000), Same-Sex Relationships and the Nature of Marriage: A Theological Colloquy (Anglican Theological Review, 2011), and Austin Dogmatics of Paul M. van Buren (2012). She is past editor of Theology Today (1997–2004), and was a member of the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church (1998–2010), and a member of the Pursuit of Happiness Project at the Center for Law and Religion at Emory University sponsored by the Templeton Foundation (2007–2010). Charry has served on the editorial boards of the Scottish Journal of Theology and Pro Ecclesia. She currently serves as an editor-at-large for The Christian Century.

The lecture will be held in Convocation Hall at 7 p.m. There will be a recption immediately following. All are invited to attend.

This lecture is made possible by support from the Arrington Lecture Fund.

This lecture will be lived-streamed beginning at 7 p.m.