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The 2008 Karl Barth Blog Conference Draws Nigh

This year’s Karl Barth Blog Conference is going to begin in under two weeks.  Stay tuned to Der Evangelische Theologe for what is sure to be a great conference.

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 your’s truly; 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.


  1. WTM wrote:


    The second annual Barth Blog Conference will soon arrive, and I can say – on the basis of looking over various of the contributions to be included – that it promises to an exciting and thought-provoking collaboration. Although there are plenary authors and respondents designated, I know I speak not only for myself but for the various authors when I say, “Please be sure to stop by and make your own contribution to the conversation.” These authors have put a lot of time and effort into making this conference possible, and the least we can do to thank them is to engage with them and seek mutual clarification through comments.

    But, enough of my soap-boxing. The conference will soon be here, and you don’t want to miss it!

    Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 12:16 pm | Permalink
  2. roflyer wrote:

    Looks great! Thanks to all who pour their time and energy to such projects. Good stuff. Looking forward to it.

    Wednesday, June 4, 2008 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
  3. jt* wrote:

    Halden. I’ve begun reading Balthasar’s “Love Alone is Credible” but, truth be told, I’m having a bit of trouble fully understanding his first two chapters on the Cosmological and Anthropological Reductions. What exactly is he saying here? Email me if you like, Thanks.



    Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 7:13 am | Permalink
  4. Halden wrote:

    JT, I’d encourage you to just keep plugging away. The book sort of gets clearer as you go on into later chapters. Basically however, what Balthasar is critiquing is two ways of attempting to make Christianity credible by reference to a prevailing philosophy. The cosmological approach seeks to make Christianity credible in terms of the whole framework of what could roughly be called Hellenic philsophy-religon. The anthropological approach seeks to make Christianity credible through the various streams of anthropocentric modern philosophies (I think Balthasar especially has existentialism in view here, but I’d have to look at the book again to be sure, it’s been a while).

    The real point to take a way from those two chapters is that any attempt to make Christianity credible on any external basis is bound to fail. The credibility of Christianity is only established on the basis of the revelation of God as absolute love. Hence, love alone is credible.

    Thursday, June 5, 2008 at 9:52 am | Permalink

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