Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity at 50
November 4 - 6, 2018
Organized to mark the 50th anniversary of Joseph Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity, this conference celebrates a seminal work of the Church' preeminent theologian in the public sphere. With an eye to continuing the task begun in the Introduction, the conference invites us to consider the book’s historical context and theological strategy as we reimagine the work of articulating the Christian mysteries in an increasingly post-Christian age. The conference is for anyone involved in the task of communicating the faith, especially those whose work lies at the intersection of the academy and the Church.
REGISTRATION: The conference is free but we ask you to register here.
CALL FOR GRADUATE PAPERS || PLEASE NOTE: We are no longer accepting proposals
Introduction to Christianity grew out of lectures Joseph Ratzinger gave before the student body of the University of Tübingen. The book’s publication in 1968, not long after the close of the Second Vatican Council, marks a milestone in the Church’s engagement with the modern world and in the career of the Church’s preeminent theologian in the public sphere. The Introduction, as an articulation of the abiding significance and urgency of the Christian mysteries, models a form of Catholic apologetic ever more necessary in a world that is increasingly post-Christian. This conference, organized to mark the 50th anniversary of the Introduction, invites us to consider the book’s historical context and theological strategy as we reimagine the work of Christian theology in the public sphere. With an eye to continuing in our own time the work begun in the Introduction, the conference organizers welcome proposals from graduate students for papers that offer, in conversation with the theology of Joseph Ratzinger / Pope Benedict XVI, a narrative presentation of some element of the Catholic faith in a way that accords with the demands of a world some 50 years removed from and yet intimately connected with that of the Introduction.
Proposals for a 15-20 minute paper are welcome before the end of May. Please email a 500 word abstract, CV, and contact information to email@example.com with the heading “Ratzinger Conference Proposal.”
CONFIRMED SPEAKERS: (SCHEDULE COMING SOON
Catherine Cavadini | Assistant Chair & MA Director, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
John Cavadini | Professor of Theology & Director of the Institute for Church Life, University of Notre Dame
Leonard J. DeLorenzo | Director of Undergraduate Studies, McGrath Institute for Church Life; Concurrent Faculty, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Patrick Gardner | Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies, Christopher Newport University
Rev. Robert Imbelli | Professor Emeritus of Theology, Boston College
Jennifer Newsome Martin | Assistant Professor of Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame
Francesca A. Murphy | Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Timothy P. O'Malley | Editor, Church Life Journal; Concurrent Faculty, Department of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Cyril O'Regan | Huisking Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame
Anthony Pagliarini | Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Notre Dame
Rev. Aaron Pidel, SJ | Assistant Professor of Theology, Marquette University
Tracey Rowland | Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, Australia
Rev. Richard Schenk, O.P. | President Emeritus of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany
Anthony Sciglitano | Associate Professor of Religion, Seton Hall University
Clemens Sedmak | Professor of Social Ethics, University of Notre Dame
Most Reverend Rudolf Voderholzer | Bishop of the Diocese of Regensburg, Germany
Donald Wallenfang | Associate Professor of Theology, Walsh University
All events will be held in the Notre Dame Conference Center's McKenna Hall on the University of Notre Dame campus. The campus is about a ten minute ride from the South Bend Regional Airport, and taxis are generally waiting outside the airport to transport passengers.
Attendees are responsible for booking their own lodging for the conference.
A block of rooms has been reserved at The Morris Inn (located directly across from the conference center) at the rate of $149 + tax per night. Rooms are available for the nights of November 4, 5 and 6, 2018. Please call 574.631.2000 and let the booking agent know that you are attending the Ratzinger conference.
A block of rooms has been reserved at The Inn at Saint Mary's (located at 53993 SR 933, South Bend, IN 46637, just off the Indiana Toll Road at Exit 77) at the rate of $110 + tax per night. Rooms are available for the nights of November 4, 5 and 6, 2018. Limited rooms are available Sunday November 3. Please call 574.323.2184 and request the group rate for "Introduction to Christianity".
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