A conference with the theme,'Messianism, Apocalypse and Redemption: 20th-century German Thought' is to be held at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, from Monday July 19 to Thursday July 22 2004.
The title of the conference was chosen to express the hopes, forebodings and tasks of post-Nietzschean 20th century German thinkers. The widespread deployment of the images of apocalypse, redemption and messianism across different religious and secular faiths as well as different disciplines seem to have been indicative of the need felt by a large number of German thinkers to draw upon more archaic yet still vital speech to capture the moods and responses to the catastrophes of the first half of the last century.
Rev Dr Robert Jenson, author of Systematic Theology (OUP), will attend it as a keynote speaker.
Selected papers are scheduled to be published in a book of the same name and each chapter in the book will be devoted to one major German thinker and how his or her thought is related to the problematic of messianism, apocalypse and/or redemption. Also a journal along similar lines extending beyond Germany and relating it to twentieth century thought generally will be published.
Dr. Wayne Cristaudo ([email protected])
Dr. Engelhard Weigl ([email protected])
Rev. Mike Pietsch ([email protected])