Films and Lecture Videos for Teaching
Here are some resources to use in classes and workshops on public theology.
Here is a page listing films and lecutures on matters of interest in a public theology. I will add items as I come across them. Let me know if you have items to suggest.Theology
- A Theology for Life, A Life for Theology. Jūrgen Moltmann speaks at a convocation on Sept. 9, 2009, at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, including his experiences of the Second World War in Hamburg, Germany, and what led to his theological career though he came from a secular family.
- Materialism and Theology: Where Do We Stand Today?. Slavoj Zizek in 2007 at the European Graduate School discusses fundamentalism and the new atheists, Charles Darwin, Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, in relation to Pope Benedict's views (reason and faith must come together in a new way), Islam (God is absolutely transcendent), and his psychoanalysis of culture. (There are many further videos of Zizek at this site.
- The Currency of Hope: Redefining Abundance in the Age of Obama. Dr. Kenda Creasy Dean starts her talk on youth ministry by saying "where you sit determines what you see." She is Associate Professor of Youth, Church and Culture & Director, Tennent School of Christian Education, Princeton Theological Seminary. This is the Aus Memorial Lecture at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota - March 2-3, 2010.
- Theology as a Living Discourse: The Future of Feminist Practical Theology. Hosted by the Center for Practical Theology in Boston this conference on October 22, 2009, features eight feminist theologians in the Boston area.
- Hope and Suffering in Jurgen Moltmann. Richard Bauckham speaks about the personal history of Jurgen Moltmann in a prisoner of war camp and the theological context of his early work concerning eschatology and the future. This is part of a series on theology and the modern world at St. Johns Nottingham. (10 minutes)
- On Gnosticism. Tom Wright explains this ancient and current heresy which lies at the basis of much current spirituality movements. (10 minutes)
- Luther's Deconstruction of Christianity. The late Jacques Derrida is asked at a 2002 Toronto conference whether Christianity has within itself a method of deconstruction. (Hear part 2 here.) He says "What Christianity will become in coming centuries is totally unpredictable." This is because Christianity is a religion which is prepared to constantly transform itself. It seems as if an "unpredictable earthquake" is right now happening to Christianity. (about 10 minutes both)
- Becoming Human: Biblical Interpretation and Ecological Responsibility. Ellen F. Davis, Ph.D., Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School, at Luther Seminary, Oct. 15, 2008.
- Is it possible to enjoy personal liberty without collective equality? Alain Badiou and Cornel West discuss the answer to this question in 2006 at Princeton University. West is a public intellectual in the U.S. and Badiou is with Slavoj Zizek one of the two most interesting philosophers today. Badiou has written a book on the Apostle Paul and his concept of "the Event" seems based to an amazing degree on Pauline ethics.
- Liturgia and the Modern State. Giorgio Agamben speaking about Michel Foucault, Uficium and the Catholic Church, Homo Sacer, Liturgy, Law, Opus Operatum, Praxis, Ontology, Heidegger with questions by Judith Butler. Giorgio Agamben in a video lecture about the role of the liturgy as well as the etymology and role of the Uficium in the Catholic Church and how those two concepts have carried forth into the contemporary juridical state, most notably in modern ethics and politics.
- The Essential Writings of Herbert Marcuse. Andrew Feenberg was a student of Marcuse and here provides a very interesting perspective on his role in the student movements of the 1960s, his relation to Heidegger and Nazism, and comments on his books. (60 minutes)
- The Kantian Project of Cosmopolitan Law - Jürgen Habermas. A lecture at Purdue University on international law by this preeminent philosopher. Habermas discusses the challenges of political "realism" to the Kantian "idealism," including neoconservatism.
- A Future Just Society. A famous conversation between Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault on political transformation, human nature, and whether justice is a transcendent category. Here is part 2 of this discussion. (about 15 minutes total)