Human and Divine Love and the Making of the Self: A Feminist Approach

Date(s) - 09/28/2019
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Human and Divine Love and the Making of the Self: A Feminist Approach
Saturday, September 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Natalia Marandiuc, Assistant Professor of Christian Theology, Perkins School of Theology, Dallas, TX

Love is at the core of the Christian theological narrative, both as an assurance of God’s enormous love for humanity and as a call for human beings to love God and people. Yet underneath the commandment to love other human beings as one’s own self, which rightly channels human desire, lies an equally powerful need to receive such love. Recent research in the neuroscience of attachment theory shows that love attachments are indispensable for the formation and sustenance of human personhood. This seminar will explore how the human self may be conceptualized, what the relation between the experience of love and the human self looks like, and how human and divine love interweave in human attachments. We will consider Christ’s incarnation as a pattern for the union of human and divine loves. We will also ponder how human differences, including gender, sexuality, race, and economic status impact the claim that the self emerges from relations of love.

Natalia Marandiuc is a constructive theologian whose research relates systematic theology to cultural, social, and feminist theory. Her first book, The Goodness of Home: Human and Divine Love and the Making of the Self won the Aldersgate Prize in 2018. She is currently working on a second book tentatively titled Love and Human Thriving: Existentialist Soteriology as Fulfillment. She received her BS in economics in 1997 from Barry University. Yale University awarded her an MA and MPh in 2009, an MA in Religion in 2004, and her PhD in 2013. Born and raised in Romania, Marandiuc is bicultural and multilingual. She is currently a professor of Christian theology at Perkins School of Theology, SMU, and teaches courses on diverse topics in systematic and feminist theology.