Princeton Theological Seminary will welcome Dr. Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and Leverhulme Research Fellowship Professor, Murray Edwards College, to campus March 23–26, when she delivers the annual Warfield Lectures.
The lecture series, titled “Knowing in the Dark: Sin, Race, and the Quest for Salvation” will include six lectures given in the Daniel J. Theron Assembly Room in the Princeton Theological Seminary Library, 25 Library Place, in Princeton.
The schedule of lectures is as follows:
Monday, March 23, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture I: “Prelude: The Arguments of these Lectures—Transforming Theological Anthropology in a Théologie Totale”
Tuesday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.
Lecture II: “Black: Starting in the Jail—Race, Contemplation, and Divine Darkness”
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture III: “Dark: What is Sin? Secular Analogues and Biblical Witness”
Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture IV: “Night I: Sensuality Transformed in Darkness—Retrieving the ‘Spiritual Senses’ Tradition”
Thursday, March 24, 3:00 p.m.
Lecture V: “Night II: Spirit Purged in Darkness—the Agony of Divine Abandonment”
Thursday, March 24, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture VI: “Dawn: Christ Re-found in Union”
Coakley, the first woman appointed to the Norris-Hulse chair, has led major research projects on theology and the biological concept of evolutionary cooperation, and has written extensively on Christian theology and feminism. According to Bruce McCormack, Princeton Seminary’s Charles Hodge Professor of Systematic Theology, “Sarah Coakley is quite possibly the most creative dogmatic theologian in the world today. Her work is both classical and contemporary, embracing patristic research and feminist concerns in a single package.”
Her teaching and research interests include the philosophy of religion, the philosophy of science, patristics, feminist theory and the intersections of law and medicine with religion.
Coakley holds degrees from New Hall, Cambridge (PhD and BA) and Harvard Divinity School (ThM). She is a priest of the Church of England and in 2011 was appointed an honorary canon of Ely Cathedral.
In 2012, she delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectures on the topic “Sacrifice Regained: Evolution, Cooperation and God.” She is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Art, and was elected in 2013 as the president of the British Society for Philosophy of Religion.
The first volume of Coakley’s four-volume series on systematic theology, “God, Sexuality and the Self: An Essay on the Trinity” (Cambridge University Press), was published in 2013. She is currently working on the second volume. Her 2012 Gifford Lectures will be published in book form (Oxford University Press and Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company) in 2016–17.
The Warfield Lectures are named in honor of Annie Kinkead Warfield, wife of Dr. Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield, distinguished professor of theology at the Seminary from 1887 to 1921. The lectures are free and open to the public.