Research Seminar

As a part of Laidlaw’s commitment to relevant, gospel-centred, innovative research, the School of Theology faculty gather on the second Wednesday of each month for a research seminar. The seminars are built around a simple format – one academic presentation followed by critical interaction.  The seminar is videoconferenced across Laidlaw’s three campuses.  Anyone is welcome to join us – this could include postgrad students, researchers from other institutions, or any others looking to hear and interact with cutting edge theological and biblical research. 

If you are unable to come to a Laidlaw campus and would like to join in from your device (anywhere, any place), please email Catherine, E.[email protected].

The topic and presenter on 13 November is:

Christ, the Man of Lawlessness, and Contemporary Politics (Phil 2:6–7; 2 Thess 2:3–4)  / Dr Mark Keown

Philippians 2:6–8 tells the story of one in the form of God who renounces exploiting his equality with God voluntarily emptying himself by taking on the form of a slave, and as a human living in complete obedience to God to the point of death. Conversely, 2 Thess 2:3–4 speaks of a man who is lawlessness and destruction incarnate who arrogates himself as God over all that is considered divine and every place of worship. This paper will outline and compare the two narratives and argue that they should be read intertextually. Some comments will also be made on today’s geopolitical situation. 

Where Henderson Campus, Manukau Campus, Christchurch Campus
When 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Cost FREE & open to the public
RSVP Not required