- College Theological Society (Trinity College, Dublin)
The College Theological Society of Trinity College, Dublin (commonly known as The Theo) was founded in 1830. Its 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 discuss various religious topics and appeals to the general student body, not only religion students. The Theo still has strong ties to what is now the School of Religions and Theology and it is recommended for all of Trinity's religion students to be an active member of the society.
The Theo meets on Monday evenings during the year for a variety of events. While it used to hosts Paper Readings exclusively, it now holds friendly discussions of topical issues with guests ranging from prestigious academics to celebrated authors to successful politicians. The Theo attends to a wide range of subjects, such as Human Rights, Current Affairs and Social and Environmental Responsibility, focusing on the role religion has played in helping or hindering our development into today's society.
In addition, the Theo has its own library in the Bram Stoker Room, which allows theology students a chance to read and study theological material. Some of the texts date from the 19th Century, and the library is continually restocked every year to include texts that are more accessible to the general reader and more useful for those studying a religion course at Trinity.
Other events put on by the society include film screenings and parties, like other societies.
The Theo is based in the Bram Stoker Room in the GMB (Graduates Memorial Building), which is coveted by many of the other societies at Trinity. The room was named after Abraham Stoker, author of Dracula, one of the few people in history to be both Auditor of the Hist and President of the Phil), the other two societies who occupy the GMB.
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