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Annual Augustus Tolton Lecture

March 04, 2020 @ 4:30 PM - March 04, 2020 @ 5:30 PM

U of Portland - New Faculty

Dr. Simon Aihiokhai
Assistant Professor of Theology at the University of Portland

Rethinking eschatology in an era of systemic evil – towards a theology of human wholeness: Reflections on the life of Rev. Augustus Tolton

Christian theology speaks of the content of Christian hope as the resurrection of the body. Eschatology focuses on the process of how this promise will come to be. For many Christians, this promise of the resurrection is seen as otherworldly, one that calls for a way of living that sometimes has no impact on the newness of their lives. Can there be other ways of imagining this promise that erase a dualistic consciousness? What lessons can Christians draw from the life of the Venerable Augustus Tolton, especially in a racialized society as the United States of America? In what ways can eschatology be understood as prophetic, liberational, and humanistic? These are relevant insights that will be explored in this talk.