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.Last updated: February 1, 2007
—Hans Urs von Balthasar, Explorations in Theology I: The Word Made Flesh (San Francisco: Ignatius, 1989), 24.
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?
- Andrew Guffey in response to Halden’s post;
- W. Travis McMaken (Der Evangelische Theologe) in response to John Drury; and
- Patrick McManus (Theologia Viatorum) in response to my post.
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!