For the theologically-inclined, near and far, we at Theology Corner want to welcome you to the 2018 German Political Theology Blog Conference!
This is our first online gathering in this manner, and we are glad that you are here to share in it with us. Before outlining the shape and scope of the conference, a few words about who we are and what we do are in order.
Theology Corner is a network of theological blogs and podcasts that explores the depths of the Christian tradition and the potential implications for human flourishing. We launched the website in September of 2017, and have grown to over 60 contributors. It is our hope that, in due course, we will become the internet’s premier destination for theological discourse. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining us as a contributor so that your content can be shared with our quickly-growing audience on Facebook and Twitter, you can contact us here.
We are also in the process of partnering with another organization to create a “monthly publication” (10 months per year) to offer focused and polished pieces around a common theme. Stay tuned for further information, and contact us if you are interested in having your ideas published.
Other than serving as a network of blogs and podcasts—and eventually our monthly publication—we will also be hosting (2) annual blog conferences such as this one. Whereas the day-to-day content from our contributors may appeal to a more popular audience, these blog conferences will be geared more directly toward the academically-inclined. Our next blog conference (July 2018) will be engaging N. T. Wright’s recent Gifford Lectures at the University of Aberdeen. If you are a philosopher, theologian, exegete, or a historian who wishes to critically engage Wright’s thesis about the relationship between God, history, and revelation, please contact us here before May 1st for more information.
This brings us to the reason why we are all here. In light of recent events in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere, we at Theology Corner believed that a reexamination of the past for a revolution in the present would not only be beneficial, but would in fact be necessary. Over the course of this blog conference you will be reading contributions from a variety of different authors who all believe that, to one degree or another, the political theology that arose in post-war Germany can speak prophetically to us in our current context.
While we could go on to say much more, we will instead bring this introduction to an end, and ask that you critically but charitably engage the ideas and proposals in the posts that follow. If you would like to receive a notification when every new post goes live, please fill out the form below!
These posts will be spread out over the course of the next two weeks. Whether you follow along day-by-day or catch up at a later date, we hope that this conference proves fruitful in more than one way!
Here are the first (5) posts. The first post will go live on Monday, March 19th!
Day 1: W. Travis McMaken, “Helmut Gollwitzer and Revolutionary Violence“
Day 2: Giancarlo Zeni, “Karl Barth and the de-Germanization of Brazil“
Day 3: Stephen Morrison, “Karl Barth on God’s Self-humiliation and Political Preference for the Poor“
Day 4: Stephen Waldron, “Dorothee Sölle’s Critique of Consumerism“
Day 5: Anthony Nuccio, “How Shall We Hear If None Cry Out? Alfred Delp’s Political Theology“
Day 6: Jordan Redding, “‘Crying for Life’—Eduard Thurneysen in Response to WWI“
Day 7: Patrick Oden, “The Political Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg“
Day 8: Theron Mock III, “Eberhard Jungel’s Theology of the State“
Day 9: Axel Kaegler, “Why Did Paul Tillich Hate the idea of Space Travel?“
Day 10: Barry Morris,