Prof Orlando Espín lecture


Tuesday 8 April 2014, 18:00, Trinity Long Room Hub

‘Idol and Grace: On Traditioning and Subversive Hope’

Prof Orlando Espín (University of San Diego)

The core claim of Christianity is that God has begun to transform this world according to God’s will, and that this God is compassionate towards all, without limits, conditions or exceptions.

This was the core message of the Galilean Jewish peasant who stands at the dawn of Christianity.  But was this peasant right?

Many Christians have bet their lives on the hope that he was right, such subversive hope is the necessary core of Christianity.

But how can hope be traditioned, remaining a hope and subversive?

Do most Christians really understand (do they even notice!) that their traditioning of revelation cannot dismiss or downplay the subversive depth of a Galilean Jewish peasant’s message?

Orlando Espín, Th.D., has been a member of the University of San Diego faculty since 1991.

He is professor of systematic theology in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. He is also director of the University of San Diego’s Center for the Study of
Latino/a Catholicism, which he founded in 1994.

Espín has twice served as president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (of which he was one of the founders), and has also served on
the boards of directors of the Catholic Theological Society of America and of the Hispanic Summer Program in Religion and Theology.

In cooperation with the School of Religions, Peace Studies and Theology at TCD