Predestination: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election (Audio, Video & Notes from Moltmann’s #KBC2015 Lecture)

Professor Moltmann gave a powerful lecture on Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election at the 2015 Karl Barth Conference. Photo credit: Me.

 
The 2015 Karl Barth Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary was a one of a kind experience for me. I got to immerse myself in theological lectures and conversations with people who know a lot more about theology than me. I made new friends and got to meet in real life several people who I had previously only connected with online. And I had an unexpected opportunity to talk one on one with Jürgen Moltmann when I came downstairs for a cup of coffee that Sunday morning (the day of his lecture). I reminded him about my letter to him last year concerning universalism and thanked him for his reply. He said that his lecture that night would be on the same sections of Church Dogmatics that he had told me to read. “Karl Barth didn’t know whether he was a universalist or not,” Moltmann said.

And universalism was certainly in the foreground of the lecture that night, even if Moltmann’s position on the topic was only made explicit during the Q&A. He began by exploring the problems created by the traditional Calvinist doctrine of election (Introduction), followed by how Barth’s christocentric reformulation of election overcomes the damaging dualism of Double Predestination (points one and two).  But his most profound contribution was his “added chapter” to Barth’s doctrine of election, bringing it into conversation with liberation and political theologies (point three).

Since the Barth Conference I’ve had a chance to rewatch the lecture and put together some fairly detailed notes, which you can find here below the embedded video and audio (I may try to improve them later if I get a chance to listen again).  Verbatim quotes are denoted by quotation marks or blockquote indentation. Quotes are Moltmann except when stated otherwise. I’ll do a follow up post with some of his responses from the Q&A in the near future. Other lectures from the Barth Conference have been posted by Princeton Theological Seminary, and I’ve provided a listing with links here. Continue reading Predestination: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of Election (Audio, Video & Notes from Moltmann’s #KBC2015 Lecture)

Jürgen Moltmann 1968-1972 Lectures on Theology of Hope and The Crucified God (audio)

I’ve discovered three more Jürgen Moltmann lectures* that are available free via Princeton Theological Seminary. The first two are from the year Moltmann spent in America after the publication of Theology of Hope in English, and the other corresponds to the publication of The Crucified God. Enjoy!

Continue reading Jürgen Moltmann 1968-1972 Lectures on Theology of Hope and The Crucified God (audio)

Jürgen Moltmann 1976 Lectures on Messianic Life Style, Human Rights, and Liberation (Audio)

juergen_moltmann1Yesterday I shared some audio from Princeton Theological Seminary from when professor Moltmann delivered his historic Warfield lectures in 1979 on the Trinity. A few years earlier (1976), he delivered a different series of lectures at PTS on a variety of topics that are also available for free download. I’ve started listening to the audio from both collections – the quality is very good, and it has been a delight to hear for the first time a much younger Moltmann (easily 30 years younger than in any other lecture I’ve heard). I’m finding these to be unusually engaging for academic theology lectures. He is witty and even self depreciating at points, and (judging from the laughter) he clearly had the audience on the edge of their seats despite his German English.

I am listing the lectures from this series below, with links to the original source, direct MP3 mirror links hosted here (just in case!), and also as embedded media for easy access. Enjoy!  Continue reading Jürgen Moltmann 1976 Lectures on Messianic Life Style, Human Rights, and Liberation (Audio)

Jürgen Moltmann 1979 Warfield Lectures on the Trinity (FREE Audio!)

Today I contacted Princeton Theological Seminary about purchasing digital copies of the lectures that Moltmann gave in October 1979 on the Trinity (these lectures form the basis for some of the chapters in The Trinity and the Kingdom), and was advised that these audio files are now offered FREE OF CHARGE. Continue reading Jürgen Moltmann 1979 Warfield Lectures on the Trinity (FREE Audio!)

Jürgen Moltmann to Speak at the 2015 Barth Conference

Mark your calendars, Moltmanniacs! Jürgen Moltmann is scheduled to speak at the Karl Barth Conference, June 21-24 2015, over at Princeton Theological Seminary.  Registration is now open at an Early Bird Rate of $170 (through March 1).

I would love to hear from you if you are a fellow Moltmanniac and plan to come to this event! Drop me a comment below, or hit me up on Facebook or Twitter. I hope to be there for this and would love to connect.

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Jürgen Moltmann to Speak at the 2015 Barth Conference