The first conference was, at least by my standards, a resounding success. A number of people from within and without the blogging community came together to write two weeks worth of posts on chapters from Barth’s Protestant Theology in the Nineteenth Century, site stats indicated that there were many people dropping by to spend considerable amounts of time reading the material, and – best of all – some of those readers left comments. My hope is that the 2008 conference will generate even more discussion.
The topic for the conference will be Eberhard Jüngel’s God’s Being is in Becoming: The Trinitarian Being of God in the Theology of Karl Barth. The projected schedule is as follows:
- Day 1 – “Introduction,” by WTM; with an introductory discussion entitled "And Never the Twain Shall Meet...: Theology Meets Philosophy in Jüngel's Work," by Jon Mackenzie.
- Day 2 – “The Passion of God: Some Questions for Jungel on Divine Suffering,” by Scott Jackson; Response by Matthew Bruce.
- Day 3 – “A Still Greater Historicity: Hegel, Jüngel, and the Historicization of God's Being,” by Halden Doerge; Response by Adam Steward.
- Day 4 – “Minor Premise: Incipient Theological Ethics in God's Being is in Becoming,” James Cubie; Reponse by Shane Wilkins.
- Day 5 – “God's Objectivity: Revelation as Sacrament in Jüngel's 'God's Being is in Becoming'” by Thomas Adams; Response by Chris TerryNelson.
- Day 6 – “Demythologizing the Divide between Barth and Bultmann: Jüngel's Gottes Sein ist im Werden as an Attempt toward a Rapprochement between Karl and Rudolf,” by David Congdon; Response by Luke.
Call for Papers
As you can see from the projected schedule above, there remain a number of opportunities for official participation. There is one plenary post slot still available – please e-mail me with proposals (derevth at gmail dot com). In addition to the plenary posts, I would like to have official respondents. These respondents will be given early access to the plenary post in question so that they can prepare a response, which will be posted beneath the plenary material. This is intended as a kickoff to further engagement in the comments. If you are interested in one of these slots, please let me know in the comments of this thread. An official response should be 500-1000 words.