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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 - Friday, 31 March 2017

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Sacramental Poetry, the Reformation, and the Secular - a Reconsideration

Starts: Friday, 17 March 2017

Commemorating the Reformation Lecture Series

In both literary theory and intellectual history, it has become normative to argue that the Reformation brought about a turn toward the individual subject, represented in the rise of devotional poetry. This turn toward the individual subject in poetic practice was thus key for the development of secularity. This lecture reconsiders this argument through looking at three British religious poets of the Reformation and post-Reformation era, including George Herbert, William Wordsworth and Christina Rossetti. The rise of devotional poetry is not evidence for the anti-sacramental, and thus secular, nature of the Reformation. Instead, the sacramental nature of this poetry is a response to secularity, potentially serving as a medicine against the creeping secularism of our own era

Timothy O’Malley is the Director of the Notre Dame Centre for Liturgy, Notre Dame University Indiana. He is the author of Liturgy and the New Evangelization: Practicing the Art of Self-Giving Love (Liturgical Press, 2014). He is presently working on a monograph entitled On Praise: Worship and the Eschatological Imagination. This book is a work of historical liturgical theology, unfolding the eschatological dimensions of Christian worship in Augustine, John Henry Newman, Joseph Ratzinger, Jean-Yves LaCoste, and others.

For further details please contact the Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies departmental administrator, Miss Lauren Whiston, on 0151 291 3863.

Category: Lectures and Seminars
Date: Friday, 17 March 2017 - Friday, 17 March 2017
Time: 5.30pm
Venue : EDEN 014

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