Campbell Divinity School students present papers at Study of Religion meeting

Two students and a faculty member from Campbell University Divinity School participated in the annual meeting of the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR), held in Atlanta, GA, March 5-7, 2010.

Joshua Brown and Andrew Tatum, Master of Divinity students, presented papers in the “Constructive Theology” section. Sessions focused on the themes of theology and the economy and on liturgical and sacramental theologies. Joshua Brown presented a paper entitled “Free to Despair: Capitalism, Christian Ethics, and the Virtue of Hope,” an exploration of the ways in which certain notions of freedom embedded in capitalism can undermine Christian hope and lead to despair. Andrew Tatum presented “Toward a Liturgical Theology of Human Disability,” a project that considered the role of people who are disabled in the life and worship of the church.

“The Divinity School can be proud of the way it was represented at this year’s meeting,” said Dr. Cameron Jorgenson, assistant professor of Theology and Ethics. “Both papers generated fascinating discussions and they earned high praise from the audience. Our students succeeded admirably in advancing the theological conversation.”

Also at the meeting, Dr. Jorgenson began his duties as chair of the Constructive Theology section. He will serve a three-year term.