Practising the Presence of God: Imaginative Formation and the Sensus Divinitatis

Judith Wolfe

University of St. Andrews

Though humanity may be naturally open to God, a sense of the divine is formed as well innate. This lecture discusses the formation of the imagination from theological as well as psychological perspectives. Doing so, it illuminates the necessity as well as the spiritual risks of a Christian imagination.

This lecture was originally livestreamed on December 4, 2021 as part of the Grace & Nature: Contemporary Controversies Conference held at the Angelicum in Rome. All of the talks for this conference are available on our YouTube page in this playlist.

Born in Vienna, Judith Wolfe studied in Jerusalem and Oxford and taught in Berlin and Oxford before joining the University of St Andrews, Scotland, where she serves as Professor of Philosophical Theology. Her research and teaching span systematic and philosophical theology, as well as theology and the arts. She currently leads international research projects entitled Theologies of Catholicity (with Phil McCosker and Stephan van Erp) and Widening Horizons in Philosophical Theology.