"The Problem of a Ghostly Jesus: The Social and Political Implications of Docetism" with Dr. Nancy Bedford
December 3, 2019 | 11:10 a.m. | Room 205
Dr. Nancy Bedford, Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology, will present her sabbatical lecture on December 3, 2019. The lecture will take place at 11:10 a.m. in Room 205, all are welcome to attend.
About the Lecture
"Docetism” refers to an ancient distortion about the person of Jesus, according to which Jesus only seems to be (from the Greek root dokeo) fully human. It often originates in the desire to stress the work of Jesus on behalf of God and indeed as God. However, whenever Jesus is posited as less-than-human, he becomes a ghostly figure that is easier to manipulate for social and political ends that have little to do with his message and his life as presented in the gospels. In North America, he has often become a symbol for white supremacy and the superiority of elite males. We will explore whether an anti-docetic approach that values the true humanity of Jesus can push back against the cooptation of Christology by those who very likely would have despised him, had they met him in the flesh.
About Dr. Nancy Bedford
Nancy Elizabeth Bedford, Dr. theol. (Tübingen, 1994), was born in Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. She has been the Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary (Evanston) since 2003. Previously she taught theology at Instituto Universitario ISEDET and Seminario Internacional Teológico Bautista (both in Buenos Aires). She has written or edited eight books and written over 70 book chapters and journal articles, which have appeared in five languages.
Her latest book is Galatians, A Theological Commentary from WJK in the Belief series. Her current project is on the Christology of the marvelous exchange from a Latin American and Latino/a perspective. Her research interests focus on global feminist theories and theologies, Latin American theologies, Latino/Latina theologies in North America, theologies in migration, liberating readings of Scripture, hermeneutics, and the rearticulation of classical doctrinal loci from the perspective of critical, artistic and poetic reason.