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Laing Lectures

2022 Laing Lectures

Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Pacific Time)

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You are warmly invited to join us at Regent College for the 2022 Laing Lectures. Theologian Dr. John Milbank will deliver this year's lecture, titled "Most Entanglings: The Trinity as the Root of All Being."


At this year’s Laing Lecture, Dr. Milbank will join us remotely from the UK to explore the theoretical foundations of Radical Orthodoxy, an ongoing theological movement that originates in Milbank's landmark work, Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason. In response to the modern tendency to distance God from creation, Milbank will attempt to re-ignite the traditional view that the properties of creation owe their ongoing existence and operation to the Creator. Dr. Milbank will isolate three realities each of us encounters every day—time, motion, and mystery—teasing out how each finds its roots in the Trinity. What is the fruit of this endeavour? That our day-to-day life can lead us into more constant awareness and wonder at the ever-present reality of our Triune God.


John Milbank is an Anglican theologian, philosopher, and poet. He is a co-founder of the Radical Orthodoxy movement, which traces its origins to his seminal work, Theology and Social Theory: Beyond Secular Reason, published in 1991. Radical Orthodoxy calls for a hopeful and constructive response to the pervasive secularism of the modern era. Rather than despair at the modern downfall of truth, Radical Orthodoxy sees within this downfall a supreme opportunity to reclaim the world by situating it again within a theological frame. Over the past decades, Milbank's theological work has integrated numerous disciplines, including political philosophy, metaphysics, and aesthetics. He has published major works on Aquinas, Henri de Lubac, and Giambattista Vico, amongst others. Milbank is President of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at University of Nottingham.


Dr. Ross Hastings, Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology at Regent College, will deliver an in-person response to Dr. Milbank's lecture. Dr. Hastings is an expert in Trinitarian Theology, Pastoral Theology, Karl Barth, and the author of several books including Pastoral Ethics: Moral Formation as Life in the Trinity (Lexham Press, 2022), Total Atonement: Trinitarian Participation in the Reconciliation of Humanity and Creation (Fortress Academic/Lexington, 2019), Echoes of Coinherence: Trinitarian Theology and Science Together (Eugene, OR.: Cascade, 2017), among many other titles.


This year's Laing Lecture will be delivered remotely, but you are encouraged to join us in the Regent College Chapel to watch in community and to hear Dr. Hastings's response in person. To stream online, visit a few minutes before the event.

Regent College, 5800 University Boulevard, Vancouver, BC V6T 2E4

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Speaking at this Event


Ross Hastings

Sangwoo Youtong Chee Professor of Theology (Regent College)


John Milbank

President, Centre of Theology and Philosophy (University of Nottingham)

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