Nothing but the Present: Logos Institute talk by Kathryn Tanner

The Logos Institute was lucky enough to hear a presentation from theologian Kathryn Tanner this month. Prof. Tanner’s talk, “Nothing but the Present,” and the subsequent discussion, was so fascinating that we thought we’d share it with our Blogos readers. Watch it above.


Kathryn Tanner is the Frederick Marquand Professor of Divinity and Professor of Religious Studies at Yale Divinity School. Her research relates the history of Christian thought to contemporary issues of theological concern using social, cultural, and feminist theory. She is the author of God and Creation in Christian Theology: Tyranny or Empowerment? (Blackwell, 1988); The Politics of God: Christian Theologies and Social Justice (Fortress, 1992); Theories of Culture: A New Agenda for Theology (Fortress, 1997); Jesus, Humanity and the Trinity: A Brief Systematic Theology (Fortress, 2001); Economy of Grace (Fortress, 2005); Christ the Key (Cambridge, 2010); and scores of scholarly articles and chapters in books that include The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology, which she edited with John Webster and Iain Torrance. She serves on the editorial boards of Modern Theology, International Journal of Systematic Theology, and Scottish Journal of Theology, and is a former coeditor of the Journal of Religion. Active in many professional societies, Professor Tanner is a past president of the American Theological Society, the oldest theological society in the United States. For eight years she has been a member of the Theology Committee that advises the Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops. In the academic year 2010–2011, she has a Luce Fellowship and will be on leave researching financial markets and the critical perspectives that Christian theology can bring to bear on them.