Heaven on Earth? The Future of Spiritual Interpretation (Theology Conference)

Speaker(s): Brian Daley, Kevin Vanhoozer
Date: Sept 16-17 2011
Length: 12h4m
Product ID: RGDL4121S

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Theological interpretation of Scripture is becoming a common practice, both among Catholics and evangelicals. For some, this may seem like the arrival of heaven on earth. Others, however, have critiqued the recent trend toward theological interpretation for being too theologically or heavenly minded and for not doing justice to the historical, earthly realities of which the text speaks.

This conference, hosted by Regent College in cooperation with the Center for Catholic-Evangelical Dialogue (CCED), brings together numerous renowned Catholic and evangelical scholars to ask the question: what are the implications if we read the historical, earthly text in the light of spiritual or heavenly realities? Answering this question raises a multitude of sub-questions for the laity, pastors, and scholars in the Church. Is Scripture primarily a historical, earthy text, or is it a sacramental vessel for spiritual truths, or both perhaps? Is there an exegetical posture that Catholics and evangelicals can share? How are we to read both critically and devotionally?

Presentations include:

  • God Speaks "In Many and Various Ways" Towards a Theology of Theological Exegesis - Dr. Brian Daley (Keynote Address)
  • Christological Literalism: Reading Job in the Company of Gregory the Great - Jason Byassee
  • Pursuing Wisdom: Toward Evangelical Spiritual Exegesis - Dan Treier
  • Apocalypse and Mystagogy - Scott Hahn
  • Hagar and Sarah in the (Exegetical) Afterlife: How the Practice of Theological Interpretation Complicates Theory - John Thompson
  • On Not Separating the Spiritual and Literal Senses - Lewis Ayres
  • Heaven on Earth: Book Discussion - Todd Billings and Iain Provan
  • Ascending the Mountain, Singing the Rock: Biblical Interpretation Earthed, Typed, and Transfigured - Kevin Vanhoozer (Keynote Address)
  • Spiritual Interpretation and the Future of Scripture Translation - David Jeffrey
  • New Testament Typology and New Testament Exegesis - Matthew Levering
  • Spiritual Interpretation in the Letter to the Hebrews - Mary Healy
  • Imperial Lover: The Unveiling of Jesus in Revelation 1:9-20 - Peter Leithart
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Christological Exegesis - Jens Zimmermann
  • Following the Letter to the Spirit - R.R. Reno
  • "This Is the Day Which the Lord Has Made": scripture, Theology, and Manumission in Saint Gregory of Nyssa - Hans Boersma
  • Profiling the Psalms - Francesca Murphy

  • ***Individual sessions are also available to be purchased on their own***

See All Audio by Brian Daley Kevin Vanhoozer

Brian Daley. Catherine F. Huisking Professor of Theology, University of NotrenDame.

Prof. Daley is a historical theologian, who specializes in the study of thenearly Church, particularly the development of Christian doctrine from thenfourth to the eighth centuries. He has prepared a critical edition of thenworks of the sixth-century Greek theologian Leontius of Byzantium, whichnis to appear in the series "Corpus Christionorum, " and has written annumber of articles for scholarly journals on ancient Christology, Trinitarianntheology and eschatology.

Kevin J. Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He is author of several books, including Faith Speaking Understanding: Performing the Drama of Doctrine, The Drama of Doctrine: A Canonical-Linguistic Approach to Christian Theology, and Is There a Meaning in this Text? The Bible, the Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge.

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