What/How Do I Love When I Love My God?: Love as a Re-Invention of Life

Date(s) - 11/09/2019
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


What/How Do I Love When I Love My God?: Love as a Re-Invention of Life
Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas
Namsoon Kang, Ph.D, Professor of Theology and Religion, Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, TX

Love is a profound measure of human life, and a person’s philosophy of love permeates one’s philosophy of life. St. Augustine asks a profound question: What do I love when I love my God? Love is life itself, as Plato reminds us, and what one loves and how one loves are the measure of oneself. Love in various forms is as old as humankind. However, love has never been as socio-politically, philosophically, and theologically decisive as it is today. As people have lost their belief in traditional values such as religion, the revolution, or the nation state, love has become the only thing everyone still holds on to, regardless who/what one is. In this context, the world is currently going through a revolution of love, Luc Ferry argues, and love becomes significant sources of the creative human power, and of the meaning of life. In this seminar, we will explore philosophical and theological approaches to love as discourse and practice.

Namsoon Kang, PhD is professor of Theology and Religion at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University since 2006, and taught previously at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, UK and Methodist Theological University, South Korea. Her most recent books include Religion and Gender, On Forgiveness, Diasporic Feminist Theology, and Cosmopolitan Theology. Teaching and writing from transdisciplinary spaces, her scholarly interests are in discourses of deconstruction, postmodernism, postcolonialism, feminism, and cosmopolitanism. An acclaimed speaker who lectures throughout the world, she served as president of World Conference of Associations of Theological Institutions, 2008-2015. She received the Louise Clark Britten Endowed Faculty Excellence Award twice by vote of the Class of 2009 and of 2012, the Catherine Saylor Hill Award of Faculty Excellence by vote of faculty in 2013, and the Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar in 2014, 2016, and 2019 at Brite Divinity School.