Thinking the Medieval Legacy For Contemporary Theology:
An Encounter Between Medieval Thought and Postmodern Challenges
April 16-17, 2010
Burkle Family Building, Room 16
Claremont Graduate University Southwest Corner of 11th Street and Dartmouth Avenue, Claremont, CA
Sponsored by the School of Religion, Claremont Graduate University
Funded by The Margaret Jagels Fund for Catholic Studies
The purpose of the conference is to discuss the possibility of retrieving the theological, spiritual resources of the European Middle Ages for the problems facing contemporary Christian theology in the postmodern world. What can we learn from Medieval theology, spirituality, and culture for theological work today? Six distinguished scholars discuss a topic or theme which each finds especially compelling and relevant to an important problem of the contemporary world in such a way as to produce a genuine encounter between certain Medieval resources and certain challenges of the 21st century. Six graduate students respond. The topics range from divine and human friendship, ontology of the possible, critical and precritical exegesis, the human capacity to know God, ethics of perichoresis and modern transplant surgery, and interreligious dialogue between Christianity and Islam. A very lively discussion is expected.
The conference is free and open to all.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Opening Remarks: Anselm Min, Conference Organizer
Chair: Stephen Davis, Claremont McKenna College
Marilyn McCord Adams, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
"Friendliness: Human and Divine"
Response: Nathan Greeley, Claremont Graduate University
Chair, Karen Torjesen, Claremont Graduate University
Barbara Newman, Northwestern University "Exchanging Hearts: What Can a Medieval Literary Topos Tell Us about Modern Transplant Surgery?"
Response: Marlene Block, Claremont Graduate University
Chair: Esther Chung-Kim, Claremont School of Theology
Kevin Madigan, Harvard Divinity School
"Can Precritical Exegesis Cure the Ills of the Critical?"
Response: Duncan Gale, Claremont Graduate University
Chair: Nancy van Deusen, Claremont Graduate University
Anselm Min, Claremont Graduate University "The Humanity of Theology: Thomistic Reflections on Presumption and Despair in the Human Claim to Know God"
Response: Ramon Cisneros-Ruelas, Claremont Graduate University
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Chair: Joseph Prabhu, California State University, Los Angeles
Ingolf Dalferth, Claremont Graduate University and The University of Zuerich "Possibile Absolutum: The Theological Discovery of the Ontological Priority of the Possible"
Response: Fabrizio D'Ambrosio, Claremont Graduate University
Chair: Ingolf Dalferth, Claremont Graduate University
Pim Valkenberg, Loyola University Maryland "Can We Talk Theologically? Thomas Aquinas and Nicholas of Cusa on the Possibility of a Theological Understanding of Islam"
Response: Bruce Paolozzi, Claremont Graduate University