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Theology, Presence, and Southern California

March 8th, 2011 | 1 min read

By Matthew Lee Anderson

I am really excited to be speaking at the Christian Web Conference at the alma mater this April.

I have been working on the material for my talk the past few months for a little project you might have heard of, but this is the first time that I’ll be rolling out some of the material publicly.  Here’s the title and description of my talk:

Real Presences: A Theology of Being There for the 21st Century

Whether through the Holy Spirit or holograms, the notion of “presence” is rapidly expanding.  But this expansion also presents real spiritual and theological challenges that the church in the 21st century needs to address.  What happens to our bodies when we don’t need them to be present?  How can we stay connected online and still present at home?

The conference is an intimate gathering that allows for plenty of interaction between people, which is why I have always enjoyed it so much.   If you can make it, it should provide an interesting opportunity to dialog about significant issues in very intimate fashion.  Let me know by email or in the comments if you plan to make it out.

Matthew Lee Anderson

Matthew Lee Anderson is an Associate Professor of Ethics and Theology in Baylor University's Honors College. He has a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, and is a Perpetual Member of Biola University's Torrey Honors College. In 2005, he founded Mere Orthodoxy.