October 13, 2011

Dolores L. Christie Lecture Series inaugural event

John E. Thiel, professor of religious studies at Fairfield University, will speak on “Imagining Ourselves in Heaven” on Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. in the Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology. The lecture is the inaugural event for the Dolores L. Christie Lecture Series and is free and open to the public.

Thiel’s talk will focus on: What is resurrected life in heaven like? What do the blessed dead do in heaven? Most contemporary theologians have been unwilling to speculate about the answers to these questions. This is understandable since heavenly life is outside our experience, and yet strange since heavenly life is the object of Christian hope. This talk considers how two theologians of the past – Thomas Aquinas and Jonathan Edwards – have imagined heavenly life, and concludes by considering a particular activity of the blessed dead that theologians have never considered before.

The lecture is co-sponsored by:

  • Department of Theology and Religious Studies
  • University Mission and Identity
  • Catholic Theological Society of America

For further information, contact Mary Jane Ponyik at extension 4980.