Friendship: A gift in nature and grace



From ancient times sages, poets, philosophers and dramatists have extolled the experience of friendship in human life. The koinōnia that binds a person with a friend like ‘another self’ is recognised as an existence of superior quality, activating the highest capacities and aspirations of the human person. At the same time friendship exposes a person to the vulnerability, incompleteness and contingency that mark the human condition. In Christian theology, friendship with God describes the graced existence of the person transformed by the loving self-gift of the Trinity, drawing human freedom and embodiment into the eschatological koinōnia of the divine life.

This seminar will reflect on the topic of friendship by engaging voices from various historical and ecclesial contexts within the tradition to explore the dynamic interaction of human and divine friends.

Dr Frances Baker rsm ‘Friends and Disciples in the Moral Theology of Enda McDonagh’

Dr Adam Cooper ‘Friendship: Fruit of Divine Mercy, Mark of True Faith. Luther on John 15:14-16′

Rev Cameron Forbes ‘Authentic Friendship and the New Social Media’

Dr Robert Krishna op ‘”The one who remains in friendship remains in God”: Scripture and Cicero in Latin Christian Thought on Friendship’

Dr Kevin Lenehan ‘Unfolding in Friendship: Revelation and the Analogy of Friendship in Dei verbum’

Assoc Prof Shane Mackinlay ‘Friendship and Flourishing: From Aristotle to Heidegger’

Venue Details:

Friday 16 September 2016, 9.30 am – 1.00 pm
Treacy Boardroom, Catholic Theological College, 278 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne
ALL WELCOME – Tea and Coffee Provided

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