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A Westar Awards Event: Honoring Inductees Joanna Dewey and John Caputo!
Join us for this free event as we honor Dr. Joanna Dewey and Dr. John Caputo!

The Westar Academic Program Committee unanimously approved motions to induct Dr. Joanna Dewey into the Order of David Friedrich Strauss and to induct Dr. John Caputo into the Order of Baruch Spinoza. The Strauss award is given to scholars who have rigorously applied the historical critical method to the study of the Gospels and creeds that Strauss pioneered. The Spinoza award is given to scholars who have a history of commitment to Westar, a consistent track record of seminar involvement, or a publication background exhibiting daring, imaginative, and cutting-edge scholarship in the spirit of Spinoza. Congratulations to our newest inductees!

May 25, 2022 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Dr. Joanna Dewey
Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr. Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at Episcopal Divinity School, Massachusetts
Joanna Dewey is Harvey H. Guthrie Jr. Professor Emerita of Biblical Studies at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has written numerous articles and is the author of Markan Public Debate (1980) and a coauthor of Mark as Story (3rd ed., 2012). Honors National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar Fellowship, Stanford University, 1979 Conant Sabbatical Grants, 1991, 1995, 1998, 2002 Member of Phi Beta Kappa
John D. Caputo
Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus, Syracuse University David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Villanova U
John D. Caputo is a hybrid philosopher/theologian who works in the area of radical theology. Prof. Caputo has spearheaded a notion he calls “weak theology,” by which he means a “poetics” of the “event” that is harbored in the name (of) God, or that “insists” in the name (of) “God,” a notion that depends upon a reworking of the notions of event in Derrida to theological ends. In his majors works he has argued that interpretation goes all the way down (Radical Hermeneutics, 1987), that Derrida is a thinker to be reckoned with by theology (The Prayers and Tears of Jacques Derrida, 1997), that theology is best served by getting over its love affair with power and authority and embracing what Caputo calls, taking a phrase from St. Paul, The Weakness of God: A Theology of the Event (2006), which won the American Academy of Religion award for excellence in the category of constructive theology.