College Theological Society (Trinity College, Dublin)
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (September 2009)|
Trinity College Crest
|Home Page||Trinity Theological Society|
|President||Dr. Ben Wold|
Committee of the College Theological Society 2014-2015
|Auditor||Mr. Josh Brady|
|Honorary Secretary||Miss Sophie Weir|
|Honorary Treasurer||Miss Emma-Louise Clark|
|Honorary Records Secretary||Miss Elizabeth Cummins|
|Honorary Librarians||Mr. Adam Hobson
Mr. Kieran Sparling
|Honorary Public Relations Officer||Mr. Lorcan Dunne|
|General Officers||Miss Kelsey Haas
Miss Jenie Horgan
The College Theological Society, more commonly known as The Theo, was founded in 1830 as a student society in Trinity College, Dublin Ireland. Members gather weekly throughout the term to engage in debate and listen to guest speakers in the Graduates Memorial Building.
The society's original purpose was to provide a forum for the discussion of Christian Theology for students of the School of Divinity in Trinity College, Dublin. Since then, it has expanded to include the consideration of various religious topics in a way that appeals to the general student body. With strong ties to the School of Religions and Theology, all of Trinity's Religion students are encouraged to become active members of the society.
Its primary aim is to promote interreligious dialogue with a focus on topical issues. Guests of the society have ranged from prestigious academics to celebrated authors to successful politicians and organisational figures, all of whom speak on a wide range of subjects. The society frequently touches upon the role of religion within world society and has covered themes including Human Rights, Current Affairs, and Environmental and Social Responsibility.
Other events hosted by the society include film screenings, debates, quizzes, parties and an annual trip to Dunderry Park.
The Theo is based in the Bram Stoker Room in the Graduates Memorial Building.The space is shared between the Theo and the University Philosophical Society. The room was named after author Abraham Stoker, one of the few people in college history to have led both the College Historical Society and the University Philosophical Society.
Within the room rests the society library, a well-catalogued collection of rare, classic, and contemporary theological texts of which any member can avail. The library is continually restocked to include both texts accessible to the general reader and publications recommended as course reading for the students of Religion within the college.
Eminent guests of the society
In recent years, the society has played host to a variety of esteemed speakers.
Some of these speakers include:
- Peter Singer
- Bernard McGinn
- Richard Swinburne
- Pav Akhtar
- Dylan Evans
- Tristram Stuart
- Douglas Davies
- Robert Barsky
- Norman Finkelstein,
- Umar Al Qadri
- Ismail Khaladi
- Paul Rowe
- Alexander Goldberg,
- Andrew Copson
- Stephen Law
- John Smeaton, of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children
- Nurit Tinari-Modai
- Peter McVerry
- Mary Condren
- Paddy Doyle
2013 marked the society's first 'All Faiths and None' Interfaith Forum. Funded by the TCD Equality Fund, the forum boasted 26 speakers: a TD, Senator, statistician, minority leaders and NGO participants.