The Calling of Creatures like Us: Thinking with Reformation Traditions about what it Means to be Human

Wessex Centre, Inner Close, Winchester Cathedral

25th Sep 2017 7.00PM - 25th Sep 2017 Event Type: Lecture

A series of lectures which celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. This fourth lecture is led by Prof Neil Messer and is entitled "The Calling of Creatures like Us: Thinking with Reformation Traditions about what it Means to be Human".

This talk will be held at the Wessex Centre, Winchester Cathedral and tickets will be £5 per lecture or £16 for all four lectures that take place at the Cathedral. For more information please contact the Box Office, call on 01962 857 275 or book online.

What does it mean to be a human being or live a human life? More particularly, what does it mean to live well as a human being? Are there particular ways of being human that fulfil what a human life is supposed to be about? Questions like these might not often be asked explicitly, but many areas of modern life – from the practice of health care to economics and politics – depend on answers to them, whether those answers are stated or just assumed

Focusing particularly on the practice and ethics of health care, this lecture will explore how the Reformation heritage, as expressed in theologians such as Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, can offer resources for thinking through these questions. It will thus offer a test-case of how a sixteenth-century theological movement can engage with the problems and questions of twenty-first century life.

Neil Messer is Professor of Theology at the University of Winchester, where his research and teaching are concerned in various ways with the interactions of theology, ethics, health care and the biosciences. His latest book is Theological Neuroethics: Christian Ethics Meets the Science of the Human Brain (Bloomsbury T&T Clark, Sept 2017). He is a minister of the United Reformed Church and a member of the Expert Group on Ethics of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE), for which he recently edited ‘Before I Formed You in the Womb…’ A Guide to the Ethics of Reproductive Medicine from the Council of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (CPCE, 2017).

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