2008 Balthasar Blog Conference: A Call for Posts

Scripture ... is God speaking to man. It means a word that is not past but present, because eternal, a word spoken to me personally and not simply to others. Just as the eucharist is not merely a memorial of a past event but makes eternal and ever-present the single, living body and sacrifice of the Lord, so scripture is not mere history but the form and vehicle of God’s word addressing us here and now.

—Hans Urs von Balthasar, Explorations in Theology I: The Word Made Flesh (San Francisco: Ignatius, 1989), 24.
Last updated: February 1, 2007

I am pleased to announce the first annual Balthasar Blog Conference, scheduled for March 16 to March 25, 2008. (This is a change from the original dates of March 9-16. I have moved it back a week to give more time to the presenters.) The theme for this blog conference will be “Von Balthasar’s Theological Interpretation of Scripture.” We should have ten “plenary” posts from the following theo-bloggers:
  • John Drury (Drulogion) on Balthasar’s reading of the resurrection texts in Mysterium Paschale and elsewhere;
  • Halden Doerge (Inhabitatio Dei) on Balthasar’s use of the Old Testament in his theological aesthetics;
  • Cynthia Nielsen (Per Caritatem) on Balthasar’s approach to biblical hermeneutics;
  • Fred Kaffenberger (Deep Furrows) on how Balthasar’s book on Prayer (1955) sheds light on his methodology in Paul Struggles with His Congregation (1988);
  • Andrew Guffey (Seeing the Form) on Balthasar’s use of the Apocalypse;
  • Joshua (Treasures Old and New) on Balthasar’s interpretation of the passages relating to the office of Peter and structure of the church (?);
  • Heather Reichgott (Holy Vignettes) on Balthasar’s approach to “contradictory” material in the Gospel narratives;
  • Daniel W. McClain (The Land of Unlikeness) on aesthetics, tradition, and Scripture in Balthasar’s theology;
  • Francesca Murphy on Scripture, Church, and Mariology; and
  • yours truly on Balthasar’s interpretation of the biblical texts relating to hell and apokatastasis in Dare We Hope?
The following people have also agreed to writes responses to the plenary posts:
In addition to these participants, the conference is open to anyone else who might like to participate by writing responses. While the essay-posts will be between 1500-2000 words, a response should be between 500-750 words and raise some critical questions in relation to one of the posts. If you are interested in writing a response, let me know which post you would like to interact with, and I will send it to you when it is available. For those presenting at the conference, please be aware of the following: All posts should be submitted by Saturday, March 1 in order to allow enough time for people to write responses. You can email all inquiries, posts, responses to dwcongdon-at-gmail.com (there is also an email link in my profile).

If you are a theo-blogger, please feel free to pass the word along. I look forward to an exciting blog conference in March, and hopefully the first of many!


I'll respond to Drury, just be sure to remind me. And seeing his material in advance would be a plus. :-)
Joshua said…
I'd put my name in the ring for a post of Balthasar's important piece on the Office of Peter and the Structure of the Church. Particularly how his scriptural reading of the typology of Peter, James, John, Paul, and Mary function in his ecclesiology.
Joshua and Travis,

I've added you both to the list. Thanks!
I'm glad to see that Guffey is going to be in on the action. This is looking like a good lineup.
D. W. McClain said…
David, I'd be happy to post on Aesthetics, Tradition, and Scripture in Balthasar if there's still opening. I looked for your email address to contact you regarding this, but I seem to have lost it.

Anonymous said…
Joshua chose my topic! I could write something on Scripture and the Church in von Balthasar, emphasising the Mariology.

Francesca Murphy
Prof. Murphy,

Great to hear from you! I would love to have you involved, and your proposed topic sounds excellent. The Mariology angle is particularly important.
Anonymous said…
Would you be interested in an article on Adrienne von Speyr and her approach to Scripture in her commentaries on John?

A post on Speyr would be very interesting indeed. But I'd like to make sure Balthasar is at the center of each post. Is there a way perhaps to talk about how Balthasar's interpretation is affected by or similar to Speyr's?