The Faith and the Common Good Lecture
at SFTS is an opportunity for alumni/ae,
students, friends of the seminary and wider
community to be inspired by people of faith
who serve others in their vocations. Please
join us for this event, which will include a
presentation, reception and dinner.
FTS is honored to present Nathan George,
the founder and CEO of Trade as One.
Nathan spent 18 years as an entrepreneur
in the software industry. Five years ago, he made
a risky move from the UK to California where he
started Trade as One, an online fair trade company
that uses consumer spending to create jobs for some
of the most disadvantaged people in the world.
A passionate believer in the role that business has
in breaking cycles of poverty and abuse, he speaks
regularly at conferences to challenge both consumers
and business leaders to see trade rather than aid as
the way to address many of the intractable problems
in the developing world. Self described as a business
development specialist, amateur theologian and
bad but improving surfer, Nathan lives with his
wife, three very active boys and faithful yellow lab
in Santa Cruz.
“Half the world
faces the crisis
of extreme,
poverty. The
other half faces a
crisis of meaning.
The church, we
would like to
suggest, is the
caretaker of the
answer to both
—Nathan George
Dr. Kathryn Tanner
r. Tanner is the Frederick Marquand Professor
of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School.
She joined their faculty in 2010 after teaching
at the University of Chicago Divinity School for sixteen
years and in Yale’s Department of Religious Studies for
ten. Her research relates the history of Christian thought
to contemporary issues of theological concern using social,
cultural, and feminist theory.
She is the author of
God and Creation in Christian Theology: Tyranny or
(Blackwell, 1988);
The Politics of God: Christian Theologies and Social
(Fortress, 1992);
Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology
Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology
(Fortress, 2001);
Economy of Grace
(Fortress, 2005);
Christ the Key
(Cambridge, 2010); and scores of
scholarly articles and chapters in books that include
The Oxford Handbook of Systematic
, which she edited with John Webster and Iain Torrance.
She serves on the editorial boards of
Modern Theology
International Journal of
Systematic Theology
, and
Scottish Journal of Theology
, and is a former coeditor of the
Journal of Religion
. Active in many professional societies, Professor Tanner is a past
president of the American Theological Society, the oldest theological society in the
United States. For eight years she has been a member of the Theology Committee that
advises the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops. In the academic year 2010–11, she
received a Luce Fellowship to research financial markets and the critical perspectives
that Christian theology can bring to bear on them. In 2015–16, she will deliver the
Gifford Lectures at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Lecture 1
“Owning & Incarnation”
Making the incarnation its centerpiece,
this lecture tries to show how doctrines
fundamental to Christian faith have
economic ramifications. It might not seem
that Christian theology has much to say,
directly and in systematic fashion, about
economics; but Dr. Tanner tries to show
how the whole Christian story of God and
the world, with the incarnation at its heart,
provides a new vision of economic life.
Lecture 2
“Global Capitalism
& Theological
This lecture employs a theologically–
derived principle of non-competitiveness to
evaluate in Christian terms recent trends in
global capitalism, particularly the increasing
prominence of finance as a primary means
of profit generation. While utopian in
its opposition to the root principles of
capitalism, a theological principle of
non-competitiveness, this lecture tries to
show realistic practical objectives for the
reconfiguration of global capitalism.
Lecture 3
“Grace & Gambling”
This lecture looks at Christian commitment
as a kind of gamble—a wager or bet that
the benefits outweigh the costs of the
decision to lead a Christian form of life.
Because of the way God’s grace figures
within it, this Christian gamble has unusual
features, which provide a critical perspective
on ordinary gambling, one especially
pertinent to the contemporary economic
climate in which financial practices all but
indistinguishable from gambling have so
recently brought turmoil and ruin.
Lecture 4
“Faith & Finance”
Christian beliefs and practices, Dr. Tanner
suggests, are often about much the same thing
that financial markets are about: the proper
way in community with others of coping with
risk. Christianity and finance make, however,
markedly different recommendations about
the social strategies to take and about the sort
of people we are to become in response to
risk. For these reasons, Christian beliefs and
practices have a direct bearing on financial
markets and provide insight into their
problematic features.
APRIL 11-12, 2013
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