Hear about the research journeys and achievements of some of our current students.
Gadamerian understanding and Ricoeurian symbol as it contributes to a symbolic worldview
My central thesis is that a worldview is always symbolic, mediating an understanding of what is true about the world that is genuine and robust while also provisional. To elaborate, this project will argue that one can ascribe to something the status of being genuinely and robustly true by positing the central concept of a symbolic worldview. A ‘symbolic worldview’ is a concept that is unique to this project and draws on Gadamer’s description of religious symbol and hermeneutic understanding as well as the Ricoeurian symbol and narrative understanding.
Did God Not Choose the Poor? (James 2:5): A Preferential Option
An exploration of the Letter of James reveals that friendship with God, or divine wisdom, demands that an option for the poor is God’s preferential option (2:5). It is an exigency that is in contradistinction to earthly wisdom, and includes not only faith, but also reflective action guided by truth, freedom, justice, and a deep respect and love for the integrity, dignity, and personhood of all people, all of whom are created in the image of God (3:9). This is a foundation upon which Catholic Social Teaching about the preferential option for the poor can be established as it continues to evolve in twenty-first century theological consciousness, teaching, and praxis.
“I commenced my PhD at CTC in 2015 on the topic of human and divine agency in the realisation of union in Meister Eckhart. My research is being supervised by Dr Ineke Langhans-Cornet (Netherlands), Dr Satoshi Kikuchi (Leuven), and Reverend Dr Frank Moloney (CTC). I have been analysing the extent to which the 14th century Dominican theologian-philosopher Meister Eckhart sees human activity such as ascetical and penitential practices contributing to the realisation of mystical union between the individual and God. I am now in the final stages of writing up my thesis and will soon be doing a final edit of my text and checking references. I have enjoyed this research journey for many reasons. I will mention just three. First, I have enjoyed this opportunity to build on my knowledge and understanding in an area of study in which I am deeply interested. It has been wonderful to have a convincing reason to shut the door and bury myself in the books! Second, I have enjoyed regular interaction with people who share my passion for such things. It has been invaluable to bounce ideas around with fellow research students, lecturers from CTC and other University of Divinity colleges, world-renowned scholars in my field of study, and especially my supervisors. Third, it has been fantastic to develop a range of skills that I hope will equip me to make a continuing and credible contribution to my field for many years to come.”