Saturday, June 21, 2008

2008 Barth Blog Conference: Conclusion and ToC

Well, that’s it. The highlight of my blogging year has come and gone. The excitement of anticipation has flow to be replaced by the satisfaction of rousing success. What sort of success, do you ask? Well…
  • 6 excellent posts and 5 great responses.

  • Vastly more comments, and therefore critical engagement with people and ideas, than last year. This is really the heart of the matter, and though we may not all have finally reached agreement, I believe that we have all been bettered by thinking through these things together.

  • If in real estate the dictum is "Location, Location, Location;" in blogging it is "Traffic, Traffic, Traffic." And we got some serious traffic. This year’s blog conference saw more than twice the amount of traffic than did last year’s. While I certainly do not consider traffic to be more important than good content and critical engagement through comments, what this tells us is that there are a lot of people reading and not commenting, but hopefully taking away some helpful insight or question. This is certainly to be valued.
As big a success as this second Barth blog conference was, however, we ought not to rest on our laurels. Rather, let’s see if we can’t turn in an even better showing next year. Speaking of next year, Shane suggested in a comment that the theme next year ought to be Barth’s exegesis of Romans 1 with reference to natural theology. Barth’s exegesis of Romans was actually my second choice for a theme this time around. So – barring the unforeseen –the theme of the 3rd Annual Karl Barth Blog Conference, coming in 2009, will be Karl Barth’s exegesis of Romans with special attention to Romans 1 and the question of natural theology. If you have some special insight to offer on this topic, please e-mail me and let me know, and I’ll remember you when the time for more concrete planning rolls around.

So, as Roy Rogers used to sing, happy trails to you until we meet again. Go read some Barth! ;-) For the truly fortunate, I will see you tomorrow at the Princeton Theological Seminary conference on Karl Barth and Theological Ethics.

Table of Contents
  1. Welcome to the Second Annual Karl Barth Blog Conference (2008)

  2. Introduction: The Impossible Possibility? Philosophy and Theology in the Work of Eberhard Jüngel, by Jon Mackenzie.

  3. “The Passion of God” - Some Questions for Jüngel on Divine Passibility, by Scott Jackson. Response by Matthew J. Aragon Bruce.

  4. A Still Greater Historicity: Hegel, Jüngel, and the Historicization of God's Being, by Halden Doerge. Response by Adam McInturf.

  5. Vestigia Trinitatis: More than a Hermeneutical Problem, by Jason T. Ingalls. Response by Shane Wilkins.

  6. Beyond Foundations: An exploration of the ‘transfoundational’ methodology of Karl Barth., by Jon Mackenzie. Response by Chris TerryNelson.

  7. Demythologizing the Divide between Barth and Bultmann, by David W. Congdon. Response by Sergi Avilés.

  8. Conclusion and Table of Contents

1 comment:

Luke said...

Good job, Travis.