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Public Lecture 16 Feb 4pm: Environmental Issues as a New Framework for Christian Dialogue

  • 14 February 2018
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Public Lecture 

Prof Lluís Oviedo Torró OFM

Pontifical University Antonianum, Rome 


Organised by:

  • The Fellowship of St Alban and St Sergius
  • Religion, Law and International Relations Programme, Centre for Christianity and Culture and Culture, Regent’s Park College, Oxford
  • SCIO: Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford

The House of St Gregory and St Macrina

1 Canterbury Road Oxford OX2 6LU

Friday, 16 February, 4 pm

Lluís Oviedo Torró is an Ordinary Professor for Theological Anthropology and Fundamental Theology at the Pontifical University Antonianum of Rome. He has been an Invited Professor of Fundamental Theology (field: Christian Faith, Society and Science) at the Gregorian University of Rome and an Editor of the Periodical “Antonianum” from 1997 to 2004. At present he leads a project of “Interdisciplinary and Empirical Theology” in the Antonianum University, or theology in dialogue with human and social sciences. He is an Editor of the Bulletin ESSSAT News (official Bulletin of the European Society for the Study of Science and Theology) since 2008.  Lluís Oviedo Torró’s particular interests focus on  the relationship between Christian and scientific anthropologies and on empirical approaches to religion and theology. At present he is conducting research trying to incorporate cognitive insights into theological and biblical hermeneutics.  His interests point in two fundamental but clearly linked directions: the conditions of religious survival in advanced societies; and the theological impact of the scientific study of religion and the human person. His ultimate aim is to build a theology more entrenched with the ongoing scientific process, able to engage in deep dialogue with differently qualified interlocutors in our cultural and scientific context. He believes that it is important to overcome the self-referential way of practising theology, and to proceed with a more dialogical programme. At the moment he is working on some projects in the interface between social and cognitive sciences and theology, all in collaboration with scholars from other disciplines. These projects include, ‘Looking for a Universal Religious Grammar’,which tries to gather evidence about the basic structures of the religious mind, shared by clearly distinct and distant cultures and religious background; Living religious experiences of people suffering from autism and asperger syndrome and a project on pilgrims and pilgrimages.