Summer 2011 confab of (early and medieval) historical theology wonks


Boston College: The Old World's enduring influ...

Boston College, with its Old World architecture

Folks, what’s the Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology? Why, it’s a group based at Boston College with a unique mission to rehabilitate historical theology as a discipline in service of the church. As it says on their website, ” The Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology (BCHT) is a professional organization of scholars devoted to the study of early and medieval Christian theology. Organized by Khaled Anatolios, Stephen F. Brown, and Boyd Taylor Coolman in the Theology Department at Boston College, the BCHT annually brings together scholars from these disciplines to foster conversation, stimulate thought, and promote scholarship.”

This summer’s meeting of the Colloquy looks to be an interesting one–see the list of papers below.

Family travel precludes it this year, but I would love to make it to one of these meetings some day soon.

This summer’s meeting of the Boston Colloquy in Historical Theology will take place on July 28-30, 2011. Below is the final list of presenters, paper titles, and respondents. Say the organizers: “We hope to see as many of you as possible at the end of July.”

Opening Lecture: John Cavadini, University of Notre Dame, “Trinity and Apologetics”

Sarah Byers, Boston College, “A Metaphysical Difficulty with Plotinus’ Account of the Good and the Divine Intellect: An Augustinian Critique from Gen. Litt. 4”

Resp: Michel Barnes, Marquette University

John Gavin, “Becoming an Example for God: Three Early Interpretations of ‘Forgiveness’ in the Lord’s Prayer”

Resp: Susan Wessel, Catholic University of America

David G. Hunter, University of Kentucky, “Priesthood and Sexual Continence: the Origins of a Western Tradition”

Resp: Joseph Lienhard, Fordham University

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz, Loyola University-Chicago, “The Spirit in the Letters of Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa”

Resp:  Stephen Hildebrand, Franciscan University

Margaret Jennings, Boston College, “Ranulph Higden: Historical Theologian”

Resp: Siegfried Wenzel,

Yury Avvakumov, University of Notre Dame, “Anselm of Havelberg, Early Scholasticism, and the Rites of the Greeks”

Resp: Fr. R.J. Barringer, University of Toronto

Bernhard Blankenhorn, “Union with God in Albertus Magnus’ Commentary on the Mystical Theology”

Resp: Kent Emery Jr., University of Notre Dame

Stephen F. Brown, Boston College, “Adam Wodeham:  Does Studying Theology Merit Eternal Life?”

Resp: Eileen Sweeeney, Boston College

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2 responses to “Summer 2011 confab of (early and medieval) historical theology wonks

  1. This is quite an august group. Nearly all, I note, are Catholics. It would be nice to see some more Evangelical protestants in this conversation. Surely we too care about the history of theology?

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