Auckland Religion Podcast

Click here to subscribe to the all new Auckland Religion podcast which will showcase audio recordings from selected seminar talks and public lectures in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Auckland. The first episode is now live, and features Dr Sean Durbin’s (University of Newcastle, Australia) talk from last week to the Theology Research Seminar.

Upcoming Theology Research Seminar Presentation by Dr Sean Durbin

Information about an upcoming Theology Research Seminar presentation next Friday at the University of Auckland by Dr Sean Durbin from the University of Newcastle in Australia. All are welcome to attend…

‘It is what it is’: Myth-Making and Identity Formation on a Christian Zionist Tour of Israel

Dr Sean Durbin, University of Newcastle

Date: 2-3pm, Friday 17th July
Location: Arts 1, Room 201

235This talk will critically examine the ways that evangelical pastors and Israeli tour guides employ religious language at various sites of interest on a Christian Zionist tour of Israel. It argues that applying religious discourse to descriptions of seemingly ordinary sites such as landscapes serves to mystify and naturalise what are otherwise highly contested political realities, by reframing them as manifestations of God’s will. Second, the talk will consider the way these rhetorical techniques work to reframe the touring group’s identity as more authentically Christian in relation to other Christian groups who visit different sites of interest in the region.