Research Seminar
The Wounds of the Risen Christ: Discerning the Contours of Eschatological Life within the Doubting Thomas Pericope

The risen Christ retained in his body the “mark of the nails”, suggesting that we might in our post-resurrection bodies retain what Amos Yong calls the “marks of impairment”. In this paper Maja Whitaker will argue that the “marks of the nails” in John 20:25 are best interpreted as persisting wounds rather than healed scars, and that this has profound implications for shaping what we can expect of eschatological life. The eschatological “marks of impairment” may be more than merely a trace or memory of weakness or disability, but rather the substantial embodiment of weakness and disability.

About the Speaker

Recently appointed as Laidlaw’s new Practical Theologian, Maja is responsible for overseeing Laidlaw’s growing relationships with partner churches, crafting and delivering a formational experience for our undergraduate theology students, supervising postgraduate research, and contributing to the leadership team of the School of Theology. She is based at the Christchurch campus.

Maja is currently awaiting results of a doctoral thesis in theology submitted to the University of Otago. Her research interests include the theology of the body, theological anthropology, disability theology, and eschatology. She is exploring what the Christian tradition can offer to critique and inform modern cultural ideologies about human flourishing and the body. She blogs on the topics of spiritual formation, parenting, and pastoral theology at www.somewhitespace.blog

Maja pastors an Equippers Church in Timaru with her husband Dave, and is mum to her four girls. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, running, reading, and baking. 

Where Henderson Campus & via Starleaf
When 12:30pm - 1:25pm
Cost FREE & open to the public
RSVP For a link to Starleaf please email [email protected]

About Laidlaw’s Research Seminars

As a part of Laidlaw’s commitment to relevant, gospel-centred, innovative research, the School of Theology faculty gather 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 Kerry Gordon E. [email protected]