Jürgen Moltmann and the Future of Theology

From left: Douglas Meeks, Jürgen Moltmann, Catherine Keller, Christopher Morse, Amos Yong, Willie Jennings, Miroslav Volf. Photo credit Matthew Davis via Twitter.
From left: Douglas Meeks, Jürgen Moltmann, Catherine Keller, Christopher Morse, Amos Yong, Willie Jennings, Miroslav Volf. Photo credit Matthew Davis via Twitter.

Update 12/8/2015 – Tripp Fuller brought a recording device into the room and has posted the audio over at Homebrewed Christianity. The quality is quite good despite a bit of background noise. Check it out!

On Sunday Jürgen Moltmann was honored at AAR with a session titled “Moltmann and the Future of Theology”, with Douglas Meeks presiding. This was the final publicly scheduled event during Moltmann’s recent visit to Atlanta. Unfortunately I was not able to make it to AAR, so I had to rely on the ears of others to find out what transpired during this, and some of the other Moltmann-related sessions. Mark French Buchanan, author of the recently published book Embraced (which I reviewed here), was present for the event and sent me this summary:

What a terrific tribute was given to Dr. Moltmann today at the AAR seminar “Moltmann and the Future of Theology”. Some of the best theologians in the country presented short reflections on Moltmann’s contributions over the last 45 years. Miroslav Volf, Kathleen Keller, Chris Morse, Willie Jennings and Amos Yong all lifted up different aspects of Moltmann’s theology. The significance of the event grew as a combination of thoughtful reflections and personal memories were shared. Keller and Volf spoke with great insight, while sharing the formative influence of Jurgen the man had on their own theological development. In response Moltmann vigorously pointed all who were in attendance to “listen to earth”, “find a new covenant with it”, “keep a new Sabbath and a new Jubilee” as all people unite together. Confirming a theme that Keller proposed, Moltmann called those presented to receive the contributions of all “the religions of earth”. Moltmann stressed that it was in the earth that the crucified Christ lives and his way into the future can be found, Douglass Meeks closed the event by reminding us that Dr. Moltmann’s 90th Birthday celebration is coming up in just a couple months. In response a capacity crowd spontaneously rose to its feet and broke out in applause.

I’m intending to find out whether this session was recorded via audio / video and will advise my readers with any such info if/when it comes available. For now, here are some of my favorite quotables from the session that were shared by others via Twitter:

If you were at the event and remember something significant that I did not share, please post it in the comments below!

For more about what Moltmann has to say about the future of theology, check out this previous post: Jürgen Moltmann on Theology’s Undiscovered Territories.

2015 Karl Barth Conference Plenary Lecture Videos

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Updated post-conference (6/24) to include links to individual videos instead of the live stream.

Jürgen Moltmann delivered the opening lecture at the 2015 Karl Barth Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary. Other speakers included Bruce McCormack, Daniel Migliore, and Richard Bauckham. I was there, and it was an incredible event! Video was live streamed via the PTS Ustream channel, and (for the most part) can now be replayed. I have embedded Moltmann’s lecture below, and have included links to the others I could identify. Unfortunately as of now I am unable to find the video of Migliore’s lecture, but I will update this post with better links when it is made available.   (I am told that the videos will be cleaned up and reposted by PTS at a later date). Enjoy!

Jürgen Moltmann on “Predestination: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of the Election of Grace”

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

2015 Karl Barth Conference Plenary Lecture Videos

6/21- 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Opening Lecture, Jürgen Moltmann—“Predestination: Karl Barth’s Doctrine of the Election of Grace”; Audio MP3 (Mirror)

6/22- 8:45 – 10:45 a.m.
Lecture, Eric Gregory—“‘The Gospel within the commandment’: Karl Barth on the Parable of the Good Samaritan” including a panel discussion with Eric Gregory, Jürgen Moltmann, and Daniel L. Migliore; Audio MP3 (Mirror)

6/22- 11:00 – 12:15 p.m.
Lecture, Willie Jennings— “A Rich Disciple? Karl Barth on the Rich Young Ruler

6/22- 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Lecture, Paul Dafydd JonesThe Riddle of Gethsemane  (Uncut Ustream including Q&A); Audio MP3 (Mirror)

6/22- 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Lecture, Karlfried FroehlichKarl Barth and the Isenheim Altarpiece (Uncut Ustream including Q&A); Audio MP3 (Mirror)

6/23- 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Lecture, Bruce L McCormack — “The Passion of God Himself: the Cry of Dereliction in Barth’s Theology

6/23- 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Lecture, Beverly Gaventa – “Reading Karl Barth’s Reading of the Road to Emmaus

6/23- 2:15 – 3:30 p.m.
Lecture, Richard Bauckham – “Karl Barth’s Interpretation of the Prologue to John’s Gospel

6/23- 8:45 – 10:00 a.m.
Lecture, Daniel L. Migliore —“Barth, Balthasar, and the Parable of the Lost Son