Monday, April 15, 2013

Annual Princeton Barth Conference: Karl Barth in Dialogue

The annual Princeton Theological Seminary Karl Barth Conference is taking place again this June 16–19. The topic this year is Karl Barth in Dialogue: Encounters with Major Figures. Given that Barth was a theologian perpetually in dialogue—marked especially by the four volumes of Gespräche in the Gesamtausgabe—this is a topic with the potential for many creative and constructive engagements.

The conference will involve dialogues with Paul Tillich, Joseph Ratzinger, Thomas Aquinas, T.F. Torrance, Elisabeth Johnson, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Georges Florovsky, Sergei Bulgakov, Jon Sobrino, James Cone, and Friedrich Schleiermacher. Certainly, a dozen more names could have easily been selected, but this is a uniquely ecumenical list that will bring Barth into conversation with some of the major figures of the last two centuries. Speakers will include George Hunsinger, Peter Casarella, Nicholas Healy, Stephen Long, Paul Molnar, Nathan Hieb, and John Drury. The last two are recent PTS PhD grads whom I look up to and greatly respect.

For more information, see the Barth Conference website. Depending on whether one is a student or not, commuter or resident, the conference cost ranges from $80–170. If you have questions, contact them here.

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