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What does it mean to exist in complex relationships with machines? What insights can be offered to our understandings of these relationships by the theologically significant theme of ‘love’? What critical assessments can be made of our multiple uses of technologies in shaping our futures, by reflecting on our pasts?

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> Conference: Care and Machines
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Disquiet over the prevalence of social and economic individualism has a long history. In a world of mobile Capital and increasingly mobile people, communities of common tradition and locality appear to be under threat from the advent of a fragmented market society. Are these complaints against individualism justified? And crucially, how should Christians respond to them? Digging down into the substance of these questions, this project will consider the theological, liturgical and scriptural resources Christians have for understanding the notion of individualism in relation to issues of education, public life and the formation of democratic citizenship.

Inaugurated in 1976, the lecture, given annually, provides an opportunity for a senior theologian to present on a theological or philosophical topic of their choice. An international event, to date three continents have been represented.
To watch the 2015, 2016 and 2017 lectures, click here.
2018 Samuel Ferguson lecturer: Prof. John Milbank (University of Nottingham)
Date: 1 March 2018, 4 pm
Venue: University of Manchester: the Ellen Wilkinson Building, Graduate School conference Room, C1.18
Title:    Theology and the Idea of a University

Today the place of theology in the university is in crisis, but so is the very idea of a university. We need to think these twin crises together and revive Newman's claim that the including of theology within a university is central to its very definition and purpose. Without theology, universities have degenerated from arts to research based institutions and are now further degenerating into merely instrumental wings of government and financial power. In order to reverse this, theology must recover its place, but first reform itself so that it is no longer watered-down through an internal dominance by supposedly neutral, 'critical' disciplines. Above all, the doubtful duality between theology and philosophy, which so many students now intuitively refuse, must be rejected. 

The Ferguson lectures is preceded by a Ferguson lecture event at Manchester Cathedral:

Prof John Milbank: What is a Politics of Virtue?

1 March 2018, noon-1 pm, followed by lunch


2019 Samuel Ferguson lecturer: Prof. Kathryn Tanner (Yale University)
Date: 7 March 2019, 4 pm
Venue: University of Manchester

1976       Wolfhart Pannenberg

1977       David Martin

1978       Enda McDonagh

1979       John Mbiti

1980       John Cobb Jr

1981       Nikos Nissiotis

1982       Stewart R. Sutherland

1983       Edward Schillebeeckx

1984       Gordon Kaufman

1985       Eileen Barker

1986       Alistair Kee

1987       John Robertson

1988       R.R. Niebuhr

1989       Jürgen Moltmann

1990       Schubert M. Ogden

1991       Maurice F. Wiles

1992       Rosemary Radford Ruether

1993       Raymond Plant

1994       Harvey Cox

1995       Ingolf Dalferth

1996       David Jenkins

1997       Sarah Coakley

1998       Edward Farley

1999       Willem B. Drees

2000       Marjorie Suchocki

2001       Peter Hodgson

2003       John Atherton

2004       James Macmillan, Ben Quash, Sara Maitland

2005       Leonie Sandercock

2006       Kenneth Leech

2007       Anthony Reddie

2008       Stephen Pattison

2009       Terry Veling

2013       George Newlands

2014       David Fergusson

2015       Hans-Peter Grosshans

2016       Janet Martin Soskice

2017       David F. Ford